Descent and Distribution – Distribution to a Nonresident Alien Prevented by State Staute

Decedent’s sole heirs were residents of Poland. By virtue of a power of attorney executed and authenticated in Poland, the Polish consul general intervened to receive their distributive shares. A Massachusetts statute provided that a court may order the distributive share to be deposited for the benefit of nonresidents when it appears that they “may not receive or have opportunity to obtain” such money. Held, the distributive shares must be kept in Massachusetts as it is uncertain that residents of Poland presently could have full benefit of the funds if transmitted. Petition of Mazurowski, (Mass. 1954) 116 N.E. (2d) 854.