Can you leave life insurance to the insured if so how?

I guess what your question is how to transfer the ownership of insurance policy to the insured if they are different person. The owner of policy can simply sign the form called "policy ownership absolute transfer form" which you can find it through your insurance advisor. If the owner passed away, and you had assigned contingent owner when you applied the insurance, that ownership will be automatically transferred to the contingent owner. Hope it answers your question.