A judge today finalized his ruling in which he invalidated the death-bed will filed in the Joseph Herb O’Brien probate case.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Christopher E. Krueger issued a tentative decision last month refusing to enter the will into probate that was filed by a friend of O’Brien, local veterinarian Dr. Kenneth Pawlowski.
Pawlowski did not contest the tentative ruling. As a result, the O’Brien estate, with an estimated value of a little more than $600,000, will be distributed according to the terms of a 2000 trust in which the decedent’s stepson, Glenn Scott Slattery, who is in prison, is the beneficiary.
A friend of Pawlowski’s, local attorney Kenneth L. Rosenfeld, said he took dictation from O’Brien as his final dying request. Krueger ruled that Pawlowski failed to show by clear and convincing evidence that O’Brien “intended the instrument to be his will at the time he signed it.”
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