Court approved Chinese resident's handling of estate

2012-01-04T00:00:00Z Court approved Chinese resident's handling of estateArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 04, 2012 12:00 am  • 

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Dec. 8, 1912

In the case of C. M. Cole versus Yet Lee, the defendant in the suit. The case arose over the administration of the estate of Sin Lo, a Chinaman, who died some time ago. Yet Lee, ignorant of the customs and laws of this country, administered the estate of the dead man without observing the laws in regard to such matters.

It was brought out in the evidence presented to the court that Yet Lee was free from any intention to defraud. The estate was valued at $1700, and when the dead man's debts were paid it took about $2100. The deficit was made good by Yet Lee and another countryman. The court decided that Yet Lee had acted in good faith and rendered judgment for him. C.M. Cole was appointed administrator after the settling of the estate and brought suit when he found that Lee's action had been contrary to the general custom.

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