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Can my creditors go after life insurance policy I disclaimed?

Posted on Mon Jul 6, 2015, on Estate Planning

From our “Ask a Question” Mailbag: Creditors and Disclaimed Life Insurance Proceeds

Most Recently Updated July 16, 2018.

“Last year, my mother died in Montgomery County and named me as beneficiary of her life insurance. As my children were the contingent beneficiaries, I decided to disclaim the inheritance, so the insurance money passed to my children. I was recently in a car accident. If I am sued, can the plaintiffs claim that life insurance money?”

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Creditors and Disclaimed Life Insurance Proceeds

Creditors and Disclaimed Life Insurance Proceeds

No one can force you to take an inheritance. If you properly disclaimed your interest in the life insurance, then you never received it. If you never received it, then any future creditor cannot claim the asset. From your description of the facts, your car accident came after the disclaimer. If so, and if you properly disclaimed, the plaintiff cannot reach the insurance proceeds.

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The disclaimer is only a piece of the Estate Planning process. By all means, if you want to learn more, please read my more detailed article, Estate Planning Everything You Need to Know.

In Conclusion: Creditors and Disclaimed Life Insurance Proceeds

I hope that this article was helpful in explaining disclaimers and creditor claims. Further, I included links to even more detailed information on my website so you can learn more. Therefore, please contact me and let me know how I did. Certainly, your comments and questions are welcome!

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