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I am sorry for your loss and I sympathize with your concern about carrying out your partner's wishes. Unfortunately, your partner made the common mistake of making someone the beneficiary of his insurance, expecting them to use the money in a certian way. This is never a good idea because you can't control what that person does with the money. The result is very often what has happened in your situation. You could go to small claims court, but I don't like your chances. That is, assuming that Australian law is similar to our US law, which is where I practice. Also, you have to weigh the time, expense and aggravation that going to court will inflict on you. My advice to a client in your position would be to let it go. I hope this helps.
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