What happens if someone’s Will and their life insurance policy has conflicting beneficiaries?

Asked on August 31, 2014 under Estate Planning, New York


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry for your loss and for the issues that have arisen.  Generally speaking, life insurance designations of beneficiary trump the Will. However, there can be instances when the family could be leery of a late in the game change and undue influence by a caregiver or other family member.  If this is the case I would speak with an attorney asap about contacting the insurance company and an interpleader until such issues are straightened out.  Good luck.

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