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Hello late last year my wifes parents both passed away. There

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late last year my wife's parents both passed away. There were no assets and there was no will. Recently we were contacted by a life insurance company that there was a policy and my wife is listed as a benificiary. There is paperwork that needs to be completed etc.. My question is my wife has a brother and will he be a benificiary as well? My wife was responsible for her parents before and after their passing. Any insight is appreciated. Thank you
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My question is my wife has a brother and will he be a benificiary as well?
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This would depend entirely on whether parents named him as a joint beneficiary on the policy. If they did not, then any proceeds from the policy would pass directly to wife tax free as her personal property. She would have no legal obligation to share those proceeds with brother unless she voluntarily chose to.
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She could likely ask the insurer what the total value of the policy was and is she is receiving less than that total amount, it is likely that brother was named as a beneficiary as well for some portion of the proceeds.
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