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What kind of attorney should i be looking for to help with estate affidavit?

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

My dad passed away in 2006 and apparently had a life insurance policy. My aunt found it recently last year and send me the policy number and company that held the life insurance. I was told i will have to do a transfer of ownership for the policy in order to keep or cash it out. The problem is they are requesting his death certificate and a small estate affidavit based on the county he lived in.  Is it gonna take a long time for me to go through the process?

ANSWER BY MARGARET CROSS-BELIVEAU:

If there is a life insurance policy based on your father’s life, the pay out to the beneficiaries occurs when the life insurance company receives notice that the death occurred. A probate is not required for life insurance proceeds to be paid to the beneficiaries. That is the entire point of having beneficiaries.  The only time a probate is opened is if a beneficiary that is listed on the life insurance policy has died. You should call back to the life insurance company and talk to a different representative because something doesn’t add up.

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