Life Insurance policies and beneficiaries

Dear Len & Rosie,

A friend of mine had been married for about one year. Her husband just died tragically. At the time of his passing, he had not yet changed the beneficiary on his life insurance policy to his wife. His parents are still named as the beneficiary. Does the surviving wife have any claim on the life insurance, or is she out of luck? It's certain that some of premium payments would have been paid with community property funds.

Randy