Decided: July 27, 1940.
GERTRUDE MUMFORD, PROSECUTRIX,
J. H. THAYER MARTIN, STATE TAX COMMISSIONER, RESPONDENT
On certiorari to the Prerogative Court in a succession tax case.
For the prosecutrix, Lorentz & Stamler.
For the respondent, David A. Wilentz, attorney-general, and William A. Moore.
Before Brogan, Chief Justice, and Justices Parker and Perskie.
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This case presents only a question or questions of fact, viz., whether certain transfers of property made by Thomas J. Mumford in his lifetime were made in contemplation of death. As to those made within two years before death, the commissioner held that the statutory presumption had not been rebutted: as to those made earlier, he held that the proofs satisfactorily showed that they were in fact made in contemplation of death: and tax was imposed accordingly. On appeal to the Prerogative Court, Vice-Ordinary Buchanan sustained the findings of the commissioner in a full and careful opinion, reserved from reporting. We have in turn considered the case and briefs (there was no oral argument) and concur in the findings of fact that the transfers were in contemplation of death.
The decree of the Prerogative Court is therefore affirmed, with costs.