Hi, this is Liran Hirschkorn from ChooseTerm.com. Today I want to talk to
you about some news in the life insurance industry and some tips to help
you out. Specifically talking about protecting your life insurance
What do I mean by that? Over the last month, some major life insurance
companies like AIG, Nationwide, they’ve made agreements with states to pay
millions of dollars out to the states to find life insurance beneficiaries.
What’s happened is people have gone out, they’ve gotten life insurance
policies, but, their beneficiaries never knew about it. They died, money
went to nobody and the life insurance companies don’t find the
beneficiaries and money is not paid out.
The states sued the insurance companies and they’ve made some agreements
so, that life insurance companies are going to make more of an effort to
find the beneficiaries on policies by looking up death records in states,
versus social security numbers; so that people can actually get the death
benefits they are suppose to. Obviously, that’s why we buy life insurance,
to protect our families and provide a death benefit for someone in case of
What can you do to make sure this doesn’t happen to you? That when you buy
a life insurance policy you know and you want the peace of mind that your
beneficiaries are going to be able to get that death benefit when you pass.
Here are a few things that you can do.
Put your beneficiaries’ social security number on the application. This
way, if they don’t know about it the insurance company has an easier time
finding your beneficiary if their social security number is on the
application. Hopefully, that’s a last resort. The other thing you can do is
you can keep your policy in a safe place. This way, when the time comes and
you pass your beneficiaries have an easy time in finding your life
Hopefully, you have a file cabinet that’s fireproof in your house where you
put all your important documents. If you have a will you should have your
life insurance policies there, you should have your bank account
information there. You should have everything in one place to make the life
of your beneficiaries easier when it comes time to handle your estate and
collect benefits and take care of everything after you pass.
If you don’t have a fireproof safe perhaps you have a safety deposit box
maybe you should have a copy in your safety deposit box and a copy at home
if you want to keep things really safe. But, keep your life insurance
documents in a safe place. That’s going to help your beneficiaries find the
If you have right now kind of a junk drawer of important documents
scattered, a lot of people have that, file them away, keep them in a safe
place, maybe you can even scan them onto your computer under personal
folder, back it up on a hard drive. Do things to make your beneficiaries’
life easier when you pass so that they can collect on that death benefit.
The last thing you can do is tell your beneficiaries about the policy. A
lot of people don’t want to tell their kids that there’s this large sum of
money that’s going to come to them when you pass, I can understand that.
You don’t have to tell your kids or your spouse. If you don’t feel
comfortable telling them I have a million dollar policy but, you should
tell them I have a policy. You don’t need to tell them the dollar amount.
But tell your children, tell your beneficiaries that there’s a policy out
there so that they can find it when you do pass when the time comes; and
they can have an easy time to collect the death benefit proceeds.
Hopefully, this helps you out when you get a life insurance policy. Keep
everything in a safe place, tell your beneficiaries about it, keep their
social security numbers on the policy even if the carrier doesn’t require
it. That will give you more peace of mind and will make the life of your
beneficiaries easier and give them the funds that they need when you do
pass, to maintain the lifestyle that you wanted them to maintain by getting
a life insurance policy.
This is Liran Hirschkorn from ChooseTerm.com. You can visit our website
ChooseTerm.com to get a quote. Thank you.
Author: Liran Hirschkorn