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Posted on Saturday, December 19th, 2015 by Peter Klenk

From our “Ask a Question” mailbag: My father died a resident of Delaware County, Pennsylvania and named his girlfriend as beneficiary of his life insurance policy and pension. I was listed as a secondary beneficiary. Can my father give his life insurance and pension to his girlfriend instead of his children?

In Pennsylvania, there is no requirement that a father or mother leave their children any part of their probate estate. There is also no requirement that your father had to leave his life insurance to a child. Pensions may have their own sets of rules about where the pension benefits have to pass at death, but these rules usually protect a surviving spouse, not children. You may wish to contact the benefits professional who oversaw your father’s pension and see if he violated any rules naming his girlfriend rather than his child as beneficiary.

If you have questions about Probate in Delaware County, feel free to contact our office for a free consultation with one of our Probate Lawyers.

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