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Employer wants to inherit dead worker’s bank account

JUAN A. Gacayan, the administrator of the estate of decedent Eduardo Ocampo David, who was also his former employee, has asked the court to grant him access to David’s bank account which contains $20,794.

David, who died last year at the age of 60, had never been married and had no children. He died without leaving any will.

In a recent order, Associate Judge Joseph N. Camacho wants Gacayan to explain how a non-family individual can inherit money from a decedent without a will.

Judge Camacho ordered Gacayan to appear in court for a status conference on June 20 at 9 a.m.

David, who hailed from Pampanga, the Philippines, died of a heart attack on Oct. 15, 2018.

Three days after David’s death, Gacayan, through attorney Rosemond B. Santos, asked the court to appoint him as the administrator of David’s estate.

Santos said Gacayan is the employer and family friend of David.

On Dec. 20, 2018, Judge Camacho granted Gacayan’s petition to be the administrator of David’s estate.

Gacayan, through Santos, filed in court an inventory of the estate, indicating that David’s Bank of Guam ledger had a savings account in the amount of $20,794, and that he had no debts.

On March 19, Santos withdrew as Gacayan’s counsel. Court documents did not indicate why.

On April 16, Gacayan filed a petition for a decree of final distribution without a lawyer. He told the court that he should get David’s $20,794 based on the decedent’s “prior instructions.”

At the May 16 hearing on the petition for decree of final distribution, Gacayan appeared without counsel. Judge Camacho told him to follow up with the bank.

On May 21, Gacayan submitted a document asking the court to grant him access to David’s bank account.

But Judge Camacho said there was no will or other documentation indicating that David wanted his property or bank savings to go to Gacayan.

Last week, attorney Joey P. San Nicolas filed a notice of his appearance in Superior Court representing Gacayan.

Variety learned that David’s siblings in the Philippines will claim their brother’s bank account.