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Why Do Life Insurance Companies Deny Claims

Many people apply for, and obtain, life insurance policies as a way to help their loved ones after they have passed away. Through difficult times, a life insurance policy can provide surviving beneficiaries with much-needed financial support, offering a sense of comfort and relief. Unfortunately, some life insurance companies look for any excuse to deny […]

Trief & Olk Files Fraud Case Against American Income Life Insurance Co.

New York Life Insurance Claim Lawyer

Trief & Olk has filed a complaint on behalf of its client against American Income Life Insurance Company (“AIL”) in Essex County, New Jersey, alleging that AIL and its agents misled its customers (the beneficiary of the life insurance policy and her now-deceased husband), persuading them to purchase $5,000 in whole life insurance coverage and […]

Insurer’s Late Notice of Premium Due Leads to $1 Million Payment for Trief & Olk Client

Buying and Selling Life Insurance Policies in New York

Individuals who have purchased life insurance in New York are protected by certain provisions of New York’s insurance law, so that policies cannot be canceled or payment denied for failure to pay the premiums on time without the insurance company providing adequate notice.  If the proper notice is not provided, the policyholder has the benefit […]

Divorce Impacts Insurance Coverage Decisions


When a marriage ends in divorce, the parties’ attorneys should address issues relating to life insurance to ensure the parties’ intentions are fulfilled years later when an ex-spouse dies.  For example, the parties can include a provision in the divorce agreement requiring the party paying alimony and/or child support to maintain life insurance for the […]

Trief & Olk Victorious at Trial Challenging Denial of Life Insurance Proceeds, Recovers $3 Million

Buying and Selling Life Insurance Policies in New York

In a case tried before Justice Francis A. Kahn III of the Supreme Court of New York, Bronx County, Trief & Olk successfully prevailed in claims brought against William Penn Life Insurance Co., recovering $3 million (plus interest) in insurance proceeds owed on the life of Jhonny Jaar.  You can read the decision here. Mr. […]

Cause of Death Usually Does Not Impact Life Insurance Payment

New York Life Insurance Claim Lawyer

Many people mistakenly assume that the cause of death might impact whether the life insurance company pays the claim for life insurance. Under most circumstances, however, the cause of death would only directly impact the life insurance company’s decision to pay the benefit owed (1) if the deceased committed suicide and (2) if the death occurred within the “look back” period, referred to as the contestability period.