Court: Woman gets $120k windfall from dead ex-husband’s insurance

Posted at 6:24 AM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-21 06:24:23-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A woman can collect a $120,000 life insurance windfall after the death of her former husband, despite their divorce years ago, according to a court decision.

John Lett never changed the beneficiary on the policy. The Michigan Court of Appeals overturned a decision by a Kent County judge and ruled in favor of Nancy Henson.

Lett’s son, Craig, argued that Henson was listed as a beneficiary only in case his father had died before paying off a debt from their marriage, which ended in 2009. The debt was paid long before John Lett’s death in 2014.

But the appeals court said there was no evidence of fraud by Henson.

In a decision released Friday, the court said John Lett had plenty of time to take his ex-wife off the insurance policy if that’s what he wanted.