JerkStore: So she has now screwed her family twice. Once when she left, and now they're going to have to figure out how to give back all that life insurance money that probably paid for kids' college educations, the mortgage and other things that are no so easy to return.But yeah, she's nuts.
freewill: ...and apparently, local lawyers are of the mind that unless the insurance policy specifically contemplated this situation, the insurance company is up shiat creek:http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/844798_Brenda-Heist-s--100- 00 0-insurance-policy--Will-ex-husband-have-to-pay-the-money-back-.htmlTo my mind, the judge's ruling that she was "legally dead" is the relevant fact to the payment on the claim. Neither the insurance company nor the beneficiary made any mistake about that.
BarkingUnicorn: Negligence. She was in a special relationship called marriage, with a higher duty to her husband than she had to a stranger in an insurance company. It's similar to the "no duty to aid a stranger in peril" common law; parents still have a duty to aid their kids, among other special relationships.
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