Dave Rice 7:21 a.m., May 23
Disinherited Sefton Son Wins Lawsuit, Will Share in Grandfather's Estate
The California Supreme court has declined to review an appeals court ruling that Thomas W. Sefton Jr., the oldest son of the late San Diego Trust & Savings head Thomas W. Sefton Sr., is entitled to part of his grandfather's estate, reports Metropolitan News-Enterprise. The justices voted 6-0 to leave standing an appeals court decision that had overturned a San Diego Superior Court ruling that Sefton Sr. had the power under his father's will to disinherit any of his children. The junior Sefton's grandfather, Joseph W. Sefton, had left a will in 1955 that had left part of the estate to three grandchildren. But the will of Thomas Sefton Sr. left out Thomas Sefton Jr. Now the appeals court, backed up by the Supreme Court, has said that Tom Jr. gets some of his grandfather's estate.