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Laci's Insurance Company asks for hold on benefits
Oct 4, 2003

Laci Peterson's life insurance company has asked a judge to order the more than $250,000
in benefits held in an account until the outcome of her husband's
double-murder trial.
Under California law,
Scott Peterson is ineligible to collect on the policy if he is found guilty.

He is the only beneficiary on the policy, according to documents Principal
Life Insurance Co. filed Friday in Stanislaus County Superior Court.


If he is ineligible, the $256,000 in proceeds and interest goes
to Laci Peterson's estate, according to the documents.


Laci Peterson's estate technically hasn't been established yet, said attorney
Adam Stewart, who is representing Laci's mother,
Sharon Rocha. Because Laci
died without a will, her estate would be her natural mother and
father, Stewart said.

"We're obviously going to make a claim to funds on behalf of her family and her estate,"
he said.  "We obviously have a dispute as to who's entitled to them."


He said his client has had no discussion with Peterson
or his attorneys on  reaching a settlement in the issue.


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