Amandus Watts died a resident of the Town of Long Lake, County of Hamilton, State of New York, on June 14, 1966. On September 9, 1966 respondent Louise Lieber petitioned the Surrogate's Court of Hamilton County for letters of administration in the estate of Amandus Watts, deceased, asserting that she was entitled to the same as (1) the common-law wife of Amandus Watts; (2) a creditor of Amandus Watts; and (3) a person entitled to the residuary estate of Amandus Watts. On January 3, 1967 appellant, an attorney, answered the petition denying all of the allegations therein and alleged that Amandus Watts died testate, leaving a last will and testament dated October 10, 1953. On May 31, 1967 appellant was, by order of the Surrogate, appointed preliminary executor under the last will and testament of Amandus Watts, deceased. The will of Amandus Watts, although offered for probate on January 3, 1967, has not been admitted to probate. A trial of the issues on respondent's petition for letters of administration was held in the month of June, 1969 and culminated in a decree by the Surrogate on November 17, 1969 which determined that the respondent is not the widow of Amandus Watts, and is not a distributee or a person interested in, or entitled to, the residuary estate of Amandus Watts, deceased, and dismissed respondent's petition for letters of administration. This decree also dismissed respondent's answer and objections to the petition for probate of the alleged will dated October 10, 1953, and stayed all proceedings in the estate pending determination of a timely appeal except the exercise by the preliminary executor of the powers granted to him by law. On October 9, 1969 appellant, as preliminary executor, served a notice to quit and vacate the real property occupied by respondent which was owned by the decedent at the time of his death. Upon respondent's refusal to vacate, appellant commenced this summary proceeding returnable in the County Court of Hamilton County on November 17, 1969, the date the Surrogate rendered his decree in the estate proceedings. Respondent's answer contained a defense alleging that respondent is entitled to the entire estate of Amandus Watts and, that until such time that the courts rule that she is not so entitled, the preliminary executor has no basis for evicting her. On the return date of the notice of petition herein, the attorney for appellant requested a short adjournment to prepare for trial, and the attorney for respondent moved for a stay of the proceedings pending determination of an appeal intended to be taken from the decree made that day by the Surrogate in respondent's proceeding for letters of administration. On November 20, 1969 the County Court ordered that the trial of the summary proceeding be adjourned to a date to be fixed subsequent to the decision to be rendered by the Appellate Division, Third Department in an appeal from said decree. Appellant appeals from this order contending that the County Court was without power to adjourn the proceedings for more than 10 days, except
Order reversed, on the law and the facts, with costs, and matter remanded to County Court, Hamilton County, for further proceedings not inconsistent herewith.