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Employees must keep beneficiary designations updated, justices rule

It’s fair to assume Warren Hillman never intended that the proceeds of his federal employee life insurance policy would go to his ex-wife when he died unexpectedly in 2008. But whatever Warren intended doesn’t matter. That’s because the U.S. Supreme Court has decided that the only thing that matters is that he did not change his beneficiary designation after his 1998 divorce.


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