SmolenPlevy's Dan Ruttenberg Argues Post-Divorce Beneficiary Case Before the U.S. Supreme Court

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In the case of Hillman v. Maretta, SCOTUS will decide what happens to the life insurance money after a Virginia man divorced and remarried, but failed to change his beneficiary designation before he died. Who prevails: the ex-wife or the widow?

SmolenPlevy principals supporting Dan Ruttenberg at the Supreme Court (from left to right): Dan Ruttenberg, Kyung (Kathryn) Dickerson, Jason Smolen and Alan Plevy.

I've been honored to represent Mrs. Hillman throughout this long process, which has culminated in this rare opportunity to present an oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court.

SMOLENPLEVY Principal Dan Ruttenberg appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to argue a case that will have repercussions for anyone going through a divorce who fails to update their beneficiary designations.

In the case of Hillman v. Maretta (US Supreme Court Case No. 11-1221) Ruttenberg argued that Hillman should receive the approximately $125,000 life insurance policy of her late husband, Warren. According to court documents, Warren intended for his wife (Hillman) to receive the money, not his ex-wife (Judy Maretta) to whom the money actually went following Warren's death because he neglected to update the beneficiary designation on his policy following his divorce. To learn more about this case please click here.

"I've been honored to represent Mrs. Hillman throughout this long process, which has culminated in this rare opportunity to present an oral argument before the U.S. Supreme Court," said Ruttenberg. "It has been an intense effort. While we obviously hope the Court decides in our favor, we are glad to be a step closer to getting closure for our client -- and SMOLENPLEVY is proud to have been part of a case that will clarify an important point in the law affecting post-divorce beneficiaries."

About Daniel H. Ruttenberg: Mr. Ruttenberg is a member of the Bars in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia and is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Maryland. Mr. Ruttenberg earned his Juris Doctor with Honors from George Mason University School of Law and his Master of Laws in Taxation with Distinction from Georgetown University Law Center.

About the Firm: Founded in 1977, SMOLENPLEVY provides high quality legal representation in business and commercial law, estate planning, and family law. Recognized for their superb legal abilities and professional ethics, the firm has earned the prestigious honor of the “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Media Contact: For interviews or comments from Daniel Ruttenberg or the other SMOLENPLEVY attorneys, please contact Marc Silverstein at marc (at) onthemarcmedia (dot) com or at (202) 716-9123.

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