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    Subdivision 1. Petition for hearing. A petition may be filed requesting a hearing to
determine entitlement to advance payment under an insurance policy on the life of an absentee.
The petition shall contain the beneficiary's name, address, relationship to absentee, and the
grounds justifying advance payment.
    Subd. 2. Notification of hearing. Upon the filing of the petition, the court by certified mail
shall notify the insurer who issued the policy of the date, time and place of the hearing. The
insurer may appear at the hearing as a party in interest.
    Subd. 3. Evidentiary burden. The petitioner has the burden to show by a fair preponderance
of the evidence that:
(a) the absentee is missing, and there is reason to believe, dead;
(b) the beneficiary is a spouse, child, or other person dependent upon the absentee for
support and maintenance; and
(c) the beneficiary has no source of income sufficient for support and maintenance at an
adequate level.
    Subd. 4. Advance payments. The court shall order periodic advance payments in appropriate
amounts taking into consideration the needs of the beneficiary, the likelihood of the absentee's
death, the amount payable under the policy, the possibility of the beneficiary providing the insurer
with security for any reimbursement that may be required under section 576.123, subdivision 2
and any other relevant factors.
Payment made by the insurer under a court order shall discharge it from any liability to any
party for the amounts paid.
History: 1979 c 54 s 2; 1986 c 444