Executrix of Kanawha woman's estate seeks reimbursement of funds

By Mark Trammell | Sep 29, 2015

CHARLESTON – The executrix of a late woman's estate is seeking reimbursement of funds made from the sale of property that was allegedly and rightfully hers.

Sandra C. Braschler, petitioner and executrix of the estate of the late Hallie Virginia Ball of Kanawha County filed suit in Kanawha Circuit Court against Dunbar First Church of God, Sarah Fowler, Kayla R. Phelps, and Sidney Ward Judy.

According to the complaint, Braschler, upon the passing of Ball on Nov. 22, 2013, sold the South Charleston real estate of the decedent for $99,900. An unnamed attorney who handled the sale allegedly named Dunbar First Church of God, Sarah Fowler, Kayla R. Phelps, and Sidney Ward Judy as grantees for said sale instead of the petitioner, Braschler, as was supposed to be the case according to Ball's will. The funds were thus put into escrow by attorney George Metz to be distributed once the court has issued a declaratory judgement order indicating who it is to go to, the complaint states.

However, it is the position of the petitioner that more than $100,000 has already been allegedly distributed to the defendants and that they consented by way of short form accounting. She seeks reimbursement of those funds from the sale of the property in question, as it was allegedly rightfully intended to go to her by law.

The plaintiff is being represented by Stephen P. Swisher of Stephen P. Swisher LLC of Dunbar. The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Louis H. Bloom.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number 15-C-1489.

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