Here is the deal with Sly's life insurance.
A couple of weeks ago, Ted sent an email to Primo asking Primo to call him to give him information about Sly's life insurance, as he had received a letter from the insurance company.
1. If all you want is information that goes onto a form, ask for it in writing.
2. Why on earth would an insurance company send the claim information to someone who is not the beneficiary or otherwise mentioned anywhere in insurance company documentation?
We know that #2 is the case because Primo looked.
Primo: I found old papers about the life insurance. It used to be my mom who was the beneficiary, before they set up the trust. In the mid-80s, it was my mom and "the children of my marriage to Doris Drunk."
Me: What? Your dad cut Ted and Jack out of his life insurance?
Primo: Well, he did give them a lot of money over the years.
Me: Not in the mid 80s! He wouldn't even pay for their college.
Primo: Maybe he thought they would get their stepfather's insurance.
Me: Maybe. As long as their stepfather also didn't leave everything directly TO HIS CHILDREN.
So the insurance company sent all the information about filing a claim to Ted and Ted wanted information from Primo so he could complete the forms (which ask for things like copies of the will and the trust, which Ted does not have, and information about the trustee, which Ted does not have, and copies of a power of attorney if someone besides the trustee is doing this stuff, which Ted does not have because TED IS NOT THE TRUSTEE AND PRIMO IS AND PRIMO HAS NOT GIVEN POA TO TED).
And Primo said something to Ted about how it was not appropriate for Ted to call the insurance company and Ted got all indignant and said HE DIDN'T CALL HOW DARE PRIMO ACCUSE HIM which is when Primo apologized and Ted sent the email saying Primo couldn't even offend him because Primo was punching way above his weight and was so nasty and vile that Primo finally said "Ya basta" and sent everything to The Lawyer, saying, "I don't want to deal with this jerk any more."
And then Primo and I took a walk and were trying to figure out why the insurance company would have sent something to Ted if he didn't call them.
"Maybe the Social Security Administration notified the insurance company that my dad had died?" Primo asked.
"They can't even stop paying dead people on their own rolls," I said. "They are not notifying life insurance companies about deaths."
We pondered and pondered and none of it made sense. Ted is not the trustee. He is not the beneficiary. He is not the executor. Why would the insurance company have mailed him any documentation?
And, when they did, why did Ted not just forward it to Primo?
We finally decided that there is a strong possibility that Ted is lying.
Primo and I are both curious enough that he is going to call the insurance company and figure this out.