The two sisters of the late Dr. Max J. Kohler, lawyer, champion of Jewish rights and authority on immigration, are the principal beneficiaries of his estate, according to his will, filed for probate in Surrogate’s Court here yesterday.
Dr. Kohler, who died July 24 at Long Lake, N. Y., left an estate of “more than $10,000,” according to the formal estimate of the petition for probate.
The will, which is dated June 8, 1933, names Henry Mecarsulmer of 225 West Eighty-sixth street, New York, as executor. A brother, Edgar J. Kohler of 20 East Seventy-sixth street, receives Dr. Kohler’s law library.
The American Jewish Historical Society receives all his books and collections relating to Judaica, all his book containing autographs addressed to him, all his scrap-books, all his books and papers relating to Jewish religion and all his books and papers on immigration and naturalization.
The residuary estate is left intact for the benefit of his sisters. Miss Rose Kohler is to receive one-third of the income, and Miss Lili Kohler is to receive two-thirds of the entire estate. Both reside at 777 West End avenue.
The will gives the executor the permission to invade the principal for the benefit of the sisters or to purchase an annuity. On the death of one sister, the entire income is to be paid to the survivor. They are also given power of appointment over the principal of the estate. Should they fail to exercise this power, sixteen philanthropic institutions will receive $10,000 in various small bequests on the death of the survivor.
Attorneys for the executor are Meighan and Mecarsulmer of 120 Broadway.