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I have a question about my late husbands insurance that I received after he died of suicide in March 2001. I have applied for the benefits for this claim under the Unclaimed property of Illinois. at the time of his death we had gained legal custody of my great niece who was about 6 at the time of the custody also in March 2001. This claim asked for dependents who were living in the family home at the time of death. My niece had been there for a couple weeks, she stayed with me me for about a month then lived with her father and grandmother in the same time during the following year. Her father filed for custody and I agreed. The claim is for less than $1000. and I was wondering if that her name should be on the claim for the affidavit the state requires for claiming the money. My late husband had no will or children, I was his soul survivor on his plan. I had 3 children from a previous marriage he never asked for custody legally during the 11 1/2 years we were married. thank you Niki Johnson***@******.***

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Not much to tell, my niece, mother of my great niece was pretty messed up at that time in her life and she and her daughter lived with us on and off. We offered to take custody to give my great niece a place of permanency and stability. Her biological father was not aware that he was my great nieces father until about about 6 months prior to our gaining custody. All was ok with both parents as he was getting to know his daughter and her mother was per-occupied with her life. I knew the family and they were living in the same town during his time with her after the death. She thrived there and that was why I felt it was for the best interest for her to live with him and have full custody. When her mother cleaned up her life, the two parents shared custody.

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If you were the legal custodians of the great niece and were providing for her care and maintenance, but just for a short period of time, then she wouldn't be considered a legal dependent as that requires someone to live with another person for at least 6 months and a day. Your great niece wouldn't be considered a lineal descendent and she wouldn't be a legal dependent if she didn't live with you over 6 months, so I wouldn't list her as a dependent.

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thank you that is what I thought the answer would be.
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You are very welcome. Glad to help any time..

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