My father passed away and had my deceased mother as the beneficiary on his life insurance. I filled out forms with the funeral home and the insurance company sent them payment . The 5000 left was sent to me to the estate. There is no estate , no will
Depending upon the circumstances, you may be able to get them to reissue the check to a family member as described in 20 Pa.C.S. 3101 (d). see: https://www.legis.state.pa.us/WU01/LI/LI/CT/HTM/20/00.031..HTM. Contact the company to inquire whether they will permit this process to be used rather than making you open up a formal probate estate to redeem the payment. Another alternative is a Small Estates Petition, which results in an Order of Court directing the company to pay the money to appropriate family members. The Petition approach, however, still involves some time and expense, and likely you will want the assistance of counsel.
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