Dead electrician’s siblings hire lawyer

The Philippine-based siblings of a dead electrician who left behind $20,794 in a bank account has hired a Saipan lawyer to claim the money as heirs.

Charity R. Hodson filed yesterday before the Superior Court a notice of her appearance as lawyer for the siblings of Eduardo Ocampo David.

Hodson said the siblings are Maria Gina O. David-Cuenco, Monlisa Ocampo David, Marlene Ocampo David, Avelino Ocampo David Jr., Elizabeth Ocampo David-Sta. Ana, and Olivia Ocampo David.

As this developed, Superior Court Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho denied yesterday the request of Joey P. San Nicolas to postpone the status conference in the case that is currently set for tomorrow, Thursday, at 9am.

San Nicolas is the new counsel for Juan A. Gacayan, who is the last employer of deceased David and was appointed as administrator of David’s estate.

Camacho ordered San Nicolas and Gacayan to appear in court at the same schedule.

Charity R. Hodson

Camacho said at Thursday’s hearing, he will set another hearing date for Gacayan to explain how an employer or non-family member can inherit the money without a will.

The judge said no money may be transferred or distributed without first having a public hearing and the issuance of a written court order.

Probate hearings are open to the public.

David, a Filipino electrician on Saipan and Tinian, died at age of 60 at the Commonwealth Health Center on Oct. 15, 2018, or more than a week after he had a heart attack. His remains were flown to the Philippines last November.

David, who has never been married and has no children, died without leaving a will.

Gacayan wants to get the money, telling the court that David had given instruction that the money should be given to him.

But Camacho recently ordered Gacayan to explain at the hearing how a non-family individual can inherit money from a decedent without a will.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a veteran journalist who has covered all news beats in the CNMI. Born in Lilo-an, Cebu City in the Philippines, De la Torre graduated from the University of Santo Tomas with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is a recipient of many commendations and awards, including the CNMI Judiciary’s prestigious Justice Award for his over 10 years of reporting on the judiciary’s proceedings and decisions. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@saipantribune.com
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