Chicago, IL asked in Estate Planning, Family Law, Insurance Bad Faith and Probate for Illinois

Q: My sister got my dads lifeinsurance and told me she would gave me 4300 but has stopped all commuincation without sending

I have messages and witnesses that will say she was going to give me almost 4,400 and now has stopped talking to me and has not sent any money to me. I live in chicago il she lives in evansville in. Is there any way to recover the money she promised me

1 Lawyer Answer
James G. Ahlberg
James G. Ahlberg
  • Rochelle, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Probably not, unless (a)you were named as a beneficiary of the policy, or (b)she agreed to give it to you in exchange for something from you. Since you didn't mention these, it seems they don't apply.

Instead, it sounds like your sister promised to make you a $4,300 gift but changed her mind. A promise to make a gift is generally not enforceable against the person making the promise.

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