Can my brother touch my father;s life insurance if I was sole beneficiary and there was no legal


Can he try to dispute the decision and take me to court?

Asked on April 22, 2016 under Insurance Law, Kansas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

No, when there is a named beneficiary in a life insurance policy, the money goes to that beneficiary, regardless of who else will inherit other assets from the deceased, either under a  will (if there is one) or by the rules of intestate succession (no will). When a beneficiary is named, the insurance proceeds do not become part of or pass through the estate, and are not distributed with the rest of the estate.

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