Wills - NJ - 1900 - Mr. Compton

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Wills - NJ - 1900 - Mr. Compton

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THE COMPTON WILL CASE

A NOTE MADE BY JOSEPH CLARK ALLOWED BY THE COURT

After the Lawyers Are Paid There Will be Very Little Left For the Residuary Legatees - Wm. Pintard Gets Nearly $2,000

A hearing was held at Freehold last Thursday in the Compton case to decide some of the points in contest between the heirs of the estate and Joseph S. Clark, the executor. The main point in dispute was a note which Mr. Clark wanted allowed as a debt of the estate but which the heirs claimed was a debt of Mr. Clark's. The note was for $1,200 and was given by Mr. Clark during Mr. Compton's lifetime. Mr. Clark was working for Mr. Compton at the time the note was given. The note was made by Mr. Clark and was endorsed by Mr. Compton. Mr. Clark claimed that the note was given to Mr. Compton to pay Mr. Compton's personal bills and that he made the note only as a convenience to Mr. Compton.

[paragraph omitted related to testimony]

A bill for counsel fees for William Pintard was allowed by the court at the hearing last Thursday. This bill was for $1,500. Mr. Pintard had previously been allowed over $400 for counsel fees, making nearly $2,000 that he has been allowed as cousel fees in defending the executor's side of the case.

Mr. Compton has received an order from the court to sell the real estate belonging to Mr. Compton. When Mr. Compton died his estate was inventoried at about $16,000. A bequest of the coal yard property and stock was made to Joseph S. Clark, who is Mr. Compton's nephew, and outside of this the estate was to be divided between Mr. Compton's brothers and sister or their heirs. The surviving brothers and sisters are Job and Seeley Compton and Mrs. Hann Mathews. The other heirs are the issue of Cornelius Compton, Mrs. Louise Walling and Mrs. Huldah Clark. The counsel fees allowed Mr. Pintard will come out of the estate as well as other lawyers' fees, and these bills, with other claims that have been allowed, will about eat up the entire residuary estate and will leave very little to be divided among the heirs.

Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Oct 3, 1900