CYNTHIA ANN CHANDLER, ADMINISTRATRIX OF THE ESTATE OF JAMES EDWARD HARRIS, DECEASED, APPELLANT
SHARRON HARRIS, APPELLEE
Amended March 11, 2016.
FROM THE PULASKI COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, THIRTEENTH DIVISION.
NO. 60PR-12-1379. HONORABLE COLLINS KILGORE, JUDGE.
G. Almand, P.A., by: William G. Almand, for appellant.
& Billingsley, P.A., by: Keith I. Billingsley, for appellee.
VIRDEN, Judge. GLADWIN, C.J., and GRUBER, J., agree.
F. VIRDEN, Judge
Chandler, the administratrix of the estate of her father,
James Harris, appeals the order of the Pulaski County Circuit
Court that found that all estate property should go to
Harris's surviving spouse, appellee Sharron Harris.
Chandler argues that the circuit court erred in its
application of Ark. Code Ann. § 28-39-101(b) (Repl.
2012) concerning spousal allowances and in its decision
concerning ownership of certain corporate property. We affirm
in part and reverse and remand in part.
decedent, James Harris, died intestate on June 24, 2012,
survived by Chandler, his only child, and Harris. Harris and
the decedent had been married since 1979.
25, 2012, Chandler petitioned for appointment as
administratrix of her father's estate. She was appointed
by an order entered on July 26, 2012. She accepted the
appointment and letters of administration were issued that
filed an inventory of the estate on February 17, 2014, with
an approximate total value of $544,000. This included
$514,774 of stock in Jim Harris Realty, Inc. (JHR, Inc.), and
approximately $30,000 of other property, consisting mostly of
guns, hunting and fishing equipment, and a boat and
objected to the inventory, claiming that it included property
she and the decedent had acquired during their marriage, such
as the stock in JHR, Inc. She also asserted that all property
listed in the inventory, including the JHR, Inc. stock, was
her property. Chandler filed a response to Harris's
objection, arguing that the concept of marital property did
not apply and that there was ...