If you have filed a life insurance claim and have been denied, or think you might be denied, we may be able to help you. The team of life insurance attorneys at Trief & Olk are experienced in life insurance law, terminology, applications, and practices. We will represent you aggressively in negotiations with your life insurance company and if they don’t agree to pay the benefits to which you are entitled, our life insurance claim lawyers will take them to court to prove your claim.
Settlements and Verdicts:
Trief and Olk’s team of expert insurance claim lawyers has recovered millions of dollars for clients, with recoveries ranging from $250,000 to over $3 million, taking cases through trial and the appeals process. Our attorneys have litigated life insurance denial claims against numerous major companies such as Met Life, New York Life, Prudential, John Hancock, William Penn, Banker’s Life, First Penn-Pacific, Globe Life, Lincoln, and more, and have even received referrals from law firms against whom we’ve litigated. Through the many insurance claims we’ve won, our attorneys have gained the necessary insight, skill, and proficiency to secure the proceeds you deserve.
Ted Trief received his J.D. from Rutgers University Law School, graduating with honors in 1976. He received his B.A. in 1973 from State University of New York at New Paltz. He is a former Assistant D.A.
Barbara Olk graduated from New York University Law School with a J.D. degree in June of 1976. Ms. Olk completed her B.A. degree in English and Political Science at the University of Rochester in 1973, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Shelly L. Friedland, who joined Trief & Olk in 2014 and became a partner in 2016, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and received her B.A. in economics from Columbia University, graduating summa cum laude.
Stan Gutgarts received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 2011, where he was a recipient of a full-tuition scholarship. Mr. Gutgarts is admitted to the New York and New Jersey Bars, as well as before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of New York, and the District Court of New Jersey.
Jordan Rutsky joined Trief & Olk in 2005 and became a partner in 2017. He received his J.D. from Fordham Law School in 2004, and his B.S. and B.A. in Business Administration – Finance and Political Science, respectively, at the University at Buffalo in 2001.
Reasons for a Life Insurance Claim Denial:
You may be denied life insurance proceeds for many different reasons, several of which can be challenged. Founded in 1987, Trief & Olk has offices in New York and New Jersey, and is adept at litigating life insurance claim lawsuits. Common cases we encounter involve denials because of claimed material misrepresentations, policy lapses for non-payment, and conflicts between life insurance beneficiaries regarding who should receive the proceeds. We also handle cases stemming from denial of claims in the context of employment-based life insurance (litigated under the federal ERISA statute), including policies covering federal employees issued under the Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program (FEGLI). Some legal disputes can be settled outside of court, an outcome we are experienced at facilitating. If your life insurance claim is being denied for whatever reason, our qualified attorneys stand ready to assist you. Some of the reasons that your life insurance claim might be denied include:
Our knowledgeable team would be happy to answer any questions you may have and help you decide what your next move should be.