In re Estate of Mahoney
Supreme Court of Vermont
220 A.2d 475 (1966)
Charlotte Mahoney was tried and convicted of manslaughter for killing her husband, Howard Mahoney. Howard had no children, leaving only his wife, Charlotte, his mother, and his father, Mark Mahoney, who was appointed administrator of Howard’s estate. The statutes governing descent provided that a decedent’s estate, if less than $8,000, should go to the surviving spouse in its entirety. However, the Probate Court for the District of Franklin entered an order distributing the entire estate to Howard’s parents, apparently based on Charlotte’s conviction for killing her husband. Charlotte appealed the decision of the probate court to the Supreme Court of Vermont.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Smith, J.)
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