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Counselor... i am writing for my best friend who has homes
i am writing for my best friend who has homes in both California and Florida. Her husband of 17 years just died suddenly at age 55, leaving his wife, my best friend,and their only son who is 16. My friend and her deceased husband had just written a will and a Living Trust, naming my friend, the widow, as the primary beneficiary, and their son as the secondary. However, there was a life insurance policy for $2.3 million that my friend's husband thought he had transferred through Delta, his employer, when he got married 17 years ago. He had his life insurance policy through Delta and had named his current wife as beneficiary through Delta but didn't realize he also had to update the beneficiary through the specific life insurance company also. He was married for 4.5 years, 20 full years ago, and my friend just found out amidst her new grief that she and her son are not the named beneficiaries on the life insurance policy!! The ex wife of 20 years ago had no children with him and has been engaged for 2 years and has had minimal contact with my friend's deceased husband over the 20 years since their divorce! Also, when the first wife divorced my friend's deceased husband, HE was the one who would have been entitled to alimony at the time since she was making more money than he was at the time of divorce. So that would cancel out any allegation she may have had the life insurance policy was some sort of alimony payment. Also, since he was making all of the payments of the premium with community money, wouldn't that mean my friend would naturally be entitled to the majority of the insurance money? Especially since there is such clear display of intent that my friend's husband thought he switched the beneficiary through Delta, who acknowledged my friend as the stated beneficiary as the wife of 17 years? (Delta paid my friend the death benefit money to cover the funeral.). There is also a divorce decree nullifying any claims to property but it doesn't specifically state the life insurance policy. My friend's deceased husband would be rolling over in his grave to mm if he thought that his ex wife who left him twenty years prior will walk away with his hard-earned 2.3 million that he was paying until his dying day to ensure that his wife and son were taken care of!! I read about something called "insurable interest", that seemed to state that if an ex-spouse from a long time ago was left as the beneficiary, that that could be contested in court as the former spouse has no "insurable interest." What is likely to happen and what can my friend do to combat this unfairness? The ex has told my friend's attorney that she feels she is entitled to the life insurance money!! Thank you for replying to this distressing matter!! … read more
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