ESTATE OF CHARLES ALLEN LANE ET AL. v. AMANDA DAVENPORT COURTEAUX - Articles

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Posted by: Landry Butler on Feb 28, 2017

Court: TN Court of Appeals

Attorneys 1:

Wm. Kennerly Burger, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellant, Amanda Davenport Courteaux.

Attorneys 2:

Jay B. Jackson, Murfreesboro, Tennessee, for the appellees, Estate of Charles Allen Lane, David Kevin Sharp, Charles Ezra Lane, and William Conner Lane.

Judge(s): BENNETT

Decedent had a life insurance policy in which she named her husband and sister as beneficiaries. Upon her death, Decedent’s husband filed suit to recover the proceeds Decedent left to her sister and place them in trust for the benefit of Decedent’s son, who was a minor at the time. The trial court concluded the son was entitled to the proceeds based on the theory of promissory estoppel. The sister appealed, and we reverse the trial court’s judgment. An insurance policy is a contract between the insured and the insurance company, and Decedent was entitled to designate whoever she desired as a beneficiary of her policy. Evidence of Decedent’s intent with respect to the proceeds does not deprive the named beneficiary of her right to the funds.