Estate of Dionne

20120249 In the Matter of the Estate of Ardis Dionne, Deceased
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Randall A. Dionne
Cynthia A. Larson, Petitioners and Appellants
and
James R. Goodness Appellant
v.
Norman Dionne, Individually
and as Personal Representative
of the Estate of Ardis Dionne, Respondent and Appellee

Appeal from: District Court, Northwest Judicial District, Mountrail County
Judge David W. Nelson
Nature of Action: Probate - Wills - Trusts
Counsel:
Appellant: Pro se
Appellant: Pro se
Appellee: Rebecca S. Thiem
Appellee: James S. Hill
Amicus curiae: Pro se
Appellant: Pro se
Term: 11/2012   Argument: 11/13/2012  2:45pm
ND cite: 2013 ND 40
NW cite: 827 N.W.2d 555

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Issues: Appellant's Statement of the Issues:
I.The District Court Erred Dismissing Petitioners Petition, Amended Petition for Fraud to Probate Ardis (Dionne) Goodness' Last "Will" and Testament, Motion for Changed Venue, Appointment of Multiple Personal Representatives, Cancelation of Lis Pendens, Demand for Jury of 9, Petitioners Motion to Set-Aside and Vacate Stipulation, Striking DVD recording and not filing Power of Attorney for James Goodness. (Petitioners Petition and Motions)
II.The District Court Order thwarts decedent Arids Dionne Goodness' expressed intent by unjustly mistakenly ruling in Norman Dionne's favor, Norman hasn't presented evidence or affidavit to defend his position, the District Court therefore erred. It wasn't the intent of Ardis to have her "Will" hidden by Norman, stating it doesn't exist, is purported, isn't legal, no intentions to use it". It wasn't the intent of Ardis for her "Will" to be ignored, not probated when pursuant to many, Hawaii Rules, NDCodes and Case law requires the un-probated "Will' be validated, probated and distributed accordingly.
III.The District Court Order failed to address that Norman Dionne has not presented evidence or affidavit that legally "under a will" allows Norman to hold title to own assets or property of the un-probated "Will".

Appellee's Statement of the Issues:
1. Did the district court err as a matter of law in granting Norman's motion to dismiss the petition for formal probate of Ardis Dionne's Will ("Will") and cancel the lis pendens filed by the Petitioners?
2. Did the district court abuse its discretion in denying Petitioners' Rule 60(b) motion to set aside and vacate the stipulation of Goodness, which dismissed with prejudice the Goodness Petition to void the Personal Representative's Deed ("PR Deed")?

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Docket entries:
105/25/2012 NOTICE OF APPEAL: 05/25/2012
205/25/2012 ORDER FOR TRANSCRIPT: 05/25/2012
306/22/2012 ELEC. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED 06/22/2012(ENTRY NOS.1-119, 121-196, 199-206, 209-212, 214-245,
406/22/2012 247-272). Deleted Entries (Entry Nos. 120, 197, 198, 207, 208, 213 & 246).
506/22/2012 Items recieved by U.S. mail (Entry Nos. 184, 210, & 249)
607/13/2012 MOT. EXT/TIME TRANSCRIPT
707/13/2012 ACTION BY TRIAL COURT. Granted: 07/24/2012
807/20/2012 DISK - TRA (March 26, 2012)
907/21/2012 TRANSCRIPT DATED March 26, 2012 & C.O.S.
1007/24/2012 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Maring, Mary Muehlen
1108/31/2012 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Kapsner, Carol Ronning
1208/31/2012 ANNOUNCED DISQUALIFICATION: Crothers, Daniel John
1308/30/2012 MOTION FOR LEAVE TO FILE BRIEF OF AMICUS CURIAE
1408/30/2012 E-FILED MOTION
1508/30/2012 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT. Granted
1608/30/2012 AMICUS CURIAE BRIEF
1708/30/2012 E-FILED BRIEF
1808/30/2012 AMICUS CURIAE APPENDIX
1909/05/2012 APPELLANT BRIEF & Addendum
2009/05/2012 E-FILED BRIEF
2109/05/2012 APPELLANT APPENDIX, w/ attached DVD
2209/05/2012 E-FILED APPENDIX
2309/10/2012 Rec'd $64.50 for e-filed ATB & ATA (Receipt #21489)
2409/10/2012 Received $25 surcharge for e-filed ACB & ACA (Reciept # 21488)
2509/12/2012 Rec'd 7 copies of ATB from CSD
2609/12/2012 Rec'd 6 copies of ATA from CSD
2709/12/2012 Rec'd 7 copies of ACB from CSD
2809/12/2012 Rec'd 6 copies of ACA from CSD
2910/05/2012 APPELLEE BRIEF
3010/05/2012 APPELLEE APPENDIX
3110/05/2012 DISK - aeb (CD-ROM)
3210/10/2012 Rec'd Proof of Service of AEB on Bernard Danielson
3310/11/2012 MOT. EXT/TIME REPLY BRIEF
3410/11/2012 E-FILED MOTION
3510/12/2012 ACTION BY CLERK BY 4 P.M.. Granted: 11/05/2012
3610/18/2012 NOTICE OF ORAL ARGUMENT SENT
3710/19/2012 SITTING WITH THE COURT: Schmalenberger, Allan L.
3810/22/2012 SITTING WITH THE COURT: Bohlman, Bruce E.
3910/22/2012 SITTING WITH THE COURT: Dawson, Georgia
4011/03/2012 Motion to Withdraw Demand Legal Fees, costs Travel Expense, Co-PR Time and Expenses and Demand
4111/03/2012 for Documents of Ardis Dionne Goodness' Illegitimate Intestate Matter by Cynthia Larson
4211/03/2012 E-FILED MOTION
4311/03/2012 REPLY BRIEF AND ADDENDUM
4411/03/2012 E-FILED BRIEF
4511/03/2012 REPLY BRIEF APPENDIX
4611/07/2012 Received corrections to title pages for RYB, Addendum and Appendix
4711/07/2012 Certificate of Service of corrected title pages
4811/09/2012 RECEIVED 7 COPIES OF RYB W/ADDENDUM FROM CENTRAL DUPLICATING
4911/09/2012 RECEIVED 6 COPIES OF RYA FROM CENTRAL DUPLICATING
5011/08/2012 Cynthia Larson Only Motion to Withdraw and/or Dismissal From the Ardis Dionne Goodness Probate Mtr.
5111/08/2012 E-FILED MOTION
5211/09/2012 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (Mot/Withd. Demand Legal Fees, etc.). Denied
5311/09/2012 ACTION BY CHIEF JUSTICE (Cynthia Larson Only Mot. to Withd., etc.). Denied
5411/13/2012 Received $29 for Reply Brief Appendix surcharge (Receipt #21571)
5511/13/2012 received certificate of service of 11-3-12 motion and $48 e-filing surcharge (receipt #21572)
5611/12/2012 Cynthia A. Larson Only Revised Motion to Withdraw and or Dismiss from the Ardis Dionne Goodness Mtr
5711/12/2012 ACTION BY SUPREME COURT (Revised Motion to Withdraw and/or Dismiss). Denied
5811/12/2012 Order Sent to Parties (Revised Motion to Withdraw and/or Dismiss)
5911/13/2012 APPEARANCES: Randall Dionne; Cynthia Larson; Rebecca S. Thiem; James S. Hill; Bernard Danielson
6011/13/2012 ARGUED: Randall Dionne; Cynthia Larson; Rebecca S. Thiem
6111/13/2012 ORAL ARGUMENT WEBCAST
6211/16/2012 ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED NOVEMBER 15, 2012 (ENTRY NOS.277-282)
6311/16/2012 AMENDED ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED NOVEMBER 16, 2012 (ENTRY NOS.273-283)
6411/20/2012 2nd ELEC. SUPP. RECORD ON APPEAL DATED November 19, 2012 (ENTRY NOS.273-276) with Notice regarding
6511/20/2012 entry nos. 277-283 being removed from the trial court record
6603/18/2013 DISPOSITION: AFFIRMED
6703/18/2013 UNANIMOUS OPINION: VandeWalle, Gerald W.
6803/18/2013 Costs on appeal taxed in favor of appellee
6903/18/2013 Judgment Sent to Parties
7003/20/2013 Corrected/Substitute Opinion Page
7103/19/2013 Mot. Ext/Time Petition for Rehearing
7203/19/2013 E-FILED MOTION
7303/19/2013 ACTION BY CLERK. Granted: 04/19/2013
7404/18/2013 PETITION FOR REHEARING & ADDENDUM
7504/18/2013 E-FILED BRIEF
7604/18/2013 APPENDIX TO PETITION FOR REHEARING
7704/18/2013 E-FILED APPENDIX
7804/22/2013 Rec'd 7 copies PTB & 6 copies of ATA from Central Duplicating
7905/29/2013 DENIED PETITION FOR REHEARING. Denied
8006/27/2013 MANDATE
8107/05/2013 RECEIPT SIGNED BY DISTRICT COURT CLERK'S OFFICE

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