How do I go about finding out if my name is on my late grandmother’s insurance as a beneficiary?

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How do I go about finding out if my name is on my late grandmother’s insurance as a beneficiary?

When my father died 1 years ago, my grandmother got my information from me and told me that when she passed I would be entitled to my father’s part, which is a child’s part. She passed on about 3 months ago and her son, my father’s half-brother, has told me that she was broke with no insurance. I need to know for sure but don’t know how to go about it.

Asked on April 8, 2019 under Estate Planning, Mississippi


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

The only way would be to sue your grandmother's "estate" (a fictional entity made up of everything she left behind) and the estate's executor (if there was a will) or the court-appointed personal representative (if there is no will) for the insurance proceeds you believe to which you are entitled. In the course of the lawsuit, there are mechanisms (document production requests and written questions or "interrogatories" to the executor/personal representative; subpoenas to the insurance company) to get the information. So unfortunately, you have to sue first, to see if you are a beneficiary, before knowing if you have any basis to sue or are owed any money.

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