My late Uncle died 2 years ago. Another family member told me that he left me as the beneficiary of his life insurance policies, but I never heard anything. I searched the Register of Wills, but it looks like no-one recorded it? How do I find out if I was indeed left anything?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Maryland
Don't know where to start, or if it would be a waste of money to look into it? My Uncle had a son, but they never got a long - that's why he chose me as the beneficiary. My Uncle had a caretake toward the end, and she may have ran off with items?
Dear JACUSTOMER - A life insurance policy would not be part of a will or even mentioned in a will so looking for the will probably wouldn't answer your question as to life insurance. If there was no will then you would not be in line to inherit from the estate if there is a child of the deceased, regardless of their relationship. If you were the beneficiary of a life insurance policy that would be separate from the will and would go directly to you and no one else. The good news is that no one but you can collect the insurance proceeds but the bad news is that it may be very difficult to locate the policy. Life insurance policies are not filed as a matter of public record so if a family member took all the personal papers and will not turn them over to you then your only option is to sue for the return of the policy under the legal theory of replevin. The policy is worthless to anyone but you. If you can find out the name of the life insurance company you can also contact the company to see if there is any insurance proceeds due you.
25 years practicing attorney
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