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Estate of Logan

Court of Appeal of California
236 Cal. Rptr. 368 (1987)


Facts

Jeanne Pritchard (plaintiff) and William Logan were married in 1947 and divorced in 1966. During their marriage, William had a group-term life-insurance plan through his employer. At the time the parties were divorced, William was still insurable. The divorce order required that William maintain that term life-insurance policy with his children named as beneficiaries until William's children (defendants) were adults. When William died in 1984, the life-insurance policy named William's children, now adults, as the beneficiaries. Jeanne filed suit for a portion of the life-insurance proceeds under the theory that the proceeds were community-property assets. The trial court found that the proceeds were separate property and were payable in full to William's children. Jeanne appealed the trial court's decision.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (King, J.)

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