There are too many factors that could affect this issue. There is no yes or no answer based on your post.
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It will boil down to how the note was drafted. That is, was the ins policy a condition that had to occur in order for the debt to mature? Or is it incidental to your obligation, meaning merely noting where the money will come from at a later date is not relevant to whether you still owe it.
There are far too many unknowns here as well. For example, is the claim now barred by the statute of limitations in any event?
I suggest that you reach out to a lawyer in private and perhaps have her review the note along with all the facts and circumstances so you have a very clear understanding of your obligations here.
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I agree with the previous answers. It really all depends on how the promissory note was written. If the note was written so that the payment was only going to be made if you received the life insurance policy than you are most likely no longer liable. If there are no conditions on the promissory note most likely you will be liable.
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