A woman who alleges she is the daughter of Hugh O’Brian will have to provide more evidence to support her claim, a judge ruled, but the actor’s widow wants the petitioner’s claims and similar assertions made by two other individuals dismissed.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Barbara Johnson ruled Friday that she cannot rule on Kimberly Rallo’s claims against the actor’s estate until the petitioner provides more documentation and a declaration. Rallo’s claims were postponed to another hearing on April 10.
Rallo says that her mother, Carol Ann Schaeffer, dated “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” actor from January 1962 to February 1963. Rallo was born on Aug. 31, 1963, and O’Brian paid the doctor who delivered her for his services, her petition states.
Meanwhile, San Francisco-based attorney Adam Ross and a second individual, Jim Venverloh, also say they are entitled to their share of O’Brian’s estate.
Ross, 49, previously said he believes he is the youngest of the three claimants, that they all have all been in contact with each other and that they have different mothers.
Like Rallo, Ross says he and Venverloh are willing to give DNA evidence to prove their claims. In their petitions, the three claimants maintain they are entitled to a share of O’Brian’s estate equal in value to what they would have received had the actor died without a trust.
Ross said he does not know how large O’Brian’s estate is or whether the actor received royalties before his Sept. 5, 2016, death at age 91 at his Beverly Hills home.
The actor’s widow is disputing the claims of all three petitioners.
“(O’Brian) did not fail to provide for petitioners because he was oblivious of their existence,” Virginia O’Brian states in her court papers. “Rather, he explicitly declared his intent for them to share in no part of his estate.”
A hearing is scheduled Wednesday on the Ross/Venverloh claims. In her court papers, O’Brian’s widow states that her husband “went out of his way to specifically disinherit Venverloh by name.”
In addition, the actor stated “in no uncertain terms that he intentionally provided nothing to any biological child that might be living at the date of his death” regardless of any DNA evidence they “may or may not show,” according to the court papers filed by his widow, who married him in June 2006 when he was 81 years old.
“The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp” aired on ABC from 1955-61. In 1958, O’Brian created the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Foundation, a nonprofit youth leadership development program for high school scholars that has sponsored more than 400,000 students since he founded the program.
–City News Service
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