Subsequent Divorce Decree’s Impact on Beneficiary DesignationPosted April 29th, 2011
Does a last in time divorce decree or a beneficiary designation made at the time of the application years ago prevail when it comes time to make a claim? A wife had her estranged husband, sign a separation and property-settlement agreement to release him from any claims to her estate or property. When the wife passed away, her former husband sought the life insurance proceeds, as did her mother and son. The answer is set forth in a cautionary tale of beneficiary designations told in a recent 4th circuit case.
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For previous coverage of beneficiary designations in Advisor’s Journal, see The Effect of Divorce on Life Insurance Beneficiary Designations (CC 10-39) & Don’t Overlook Beneficiary Designations and Settlement Options (CC 09-28).
For in-depth analysis of beneficiaries and settlement options, see Advisor’s Main Library: D – Problems In Beneficiary Designations.