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Asked on: 4/11/09, 8:07 pm

Insurance Death Benefits

My mother died in 2007 and her life insurance policy paid out to me and my younger sister (who is a minor). My step-father managed to get her portion of the money paid out to himself and now (2009) he is trying to get half of my share of the benefits. He is stating that based on California Community Property Law he is entitled to half of the death benefits as the spouse of the policy holder. Is he right? Does he have a case? And can he ask for a share of the money from me 2 years later now that the money has been spent? If so, what is my next step? I live in DC, do I need a California lawyer?

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