Okay so I saw this story and I love it.
Court says ex-wife gets man's insurance money
I want to know what you all think. Who should get the money? The widow? The ex-wife? Some other relative? Someone else entirely?
I think the right decision was made and in fact, I think it should always be whoever is written on the policy, no matter the policy. I do feel bad when someone forgets to change a policy, but that is a very good reason why whenever a life event happens, marriage, divorce, death, you check your legal paperwork and ensure that it reflects your wishes in consideration of that new event. This guy had plenty of time to change that document. He should have ensured it got done.
I don't think it would be right for us to accidentally overrule someone's stated wishes for someone else failing to keep up with their affairs/paperwork. I know my own father has told his children that he has a life insurance policy that names my mother as his beneficiary, despite being married currently to someone else. If my mother ever agreed to take my father back, he would get divorced from the "new" wife in a heartbeat, but since my mother won't and he can't stand to be alone, he stays married to her.
As a side note, I believe the ex-wife should sue to get back the lawyer/court costs for having to deal with this.