The Moneyist: My father’s ex-wife emptied his bank account and stole his life insurance

Dear Moneyist,

In 1998, my father divorced his wife. They lived in California, but divorced in Texas. In the divorce papers, it stated that my father’s life insurance plan was my father’s property. He left no will. Dad always said we would be taken care of after his death. He leaves myself and my brother who is older, but he has mental health issues and he has a disability.

I discovered my father’s ex-wife cashed in his life insurance plan. My father never took her off as beneficiary, but he kept it in their divorce. Do I have a leg to stand on? He left her on a joint account with $100,000 because I believe that’s how he paid her from his retirement.

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