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My husband just died. We were married for 12 years. He had a life insurance policy of $75,000. In a divorce decree of his and ex wife’s it states that first wife only get $25,000. She is the only beneficiary on policy. He always told me the $50,000 goes to me. The insurance company is making me jump through hoops. They said because there is two states in volved, California and Minnesota. I have to get an approval letter signed by ex wife and his two children. (His two children NEVER contacted him in the two years he was sick). I find this hard to accomplish because of thier relationship with me. Help

Lawyer's Assistant: What documents or supporting evidence do you have?

I have the divorce decree and I have sent that to the insurance company

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I just need help. Sounds selfish but I need the money to live. She got 3/4 of all he’s assets in divorce. She is very comfortable. His daughter is a restaurant owner and is worth millions

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I need to know if I am the beneficiary after his first wife is awarded the amount given to her in the divorce decree. The insurance said because of the two states involved I would have to get a approval signature from his ex wife and two his two children
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Can you help me on line or do I have to pay another $59 ?
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Is anyone there??
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
I want my original $55 dollars back!! Because of no responce
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