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Former same-sex partner’s life-insurance claim revived

In the Estate of Stephen T. Gallagher, the state Superior Court recently reversed a lower court decision which had ruled that a former domestic partner was not entitled to the life-insurance benefits of his former spouse because he was not able to prove he was designated as the beneficiary. The dispute largely centered on how […]

A New Jersey Appeals Court Rejects Marital Presumption for Life Insurance Proceeds

A New Jersey offers court has declined to make a bright-line decision that says marriage makes a presumptive right for a spouse to get the benefits of his or her partner’s life insurance benefits if the deceased already assigned another person as the recipient. On February 24, A three-judge Appellate Division panel published decision in Fox v. […]