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Answered 2009-01-28 12:51:33

Only the owner of the life insurance policy can change the beneficiary designations. In many case the owner is the insured. Check your policy for the definitions or call your agent.


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Yes, there is no bar in the insured person being beneficiary on another insurance policy.

Only the POLICY OWNER can change the beneficiary on a life insurance policy. In most cases, the insured is also the policy owner, but it's not a general rule. The policy owner can be another person who is paying the premium (for example, a parent or guardian, spouse or other family member), or a bank, or a business. If the policy owner is not the same person as the insured, then the insured has no control over who the beneficiary is on the policy.

No. You do not own the policy. You will only receive the policy proceeds after the insured person dies.

The Insured can change the beneficiary on a life insurance contract.

The beneficiary benefits financially from the life insurance policy by receiving the proceeds of the policy. The beneficiary is the person(s) or entity who is designated by the insured person to receive the proceeds from the life insurance policy upon the death of the insured person. The insured person also benefits from knowing (peac eof mind) they have secured financial protection for the beneficiary in case the insured person dies.

The owner of the policy can change the beneficiary of the policy. If the original beneficiary has died before the insured, the owner of the policy can designate a new beneficiary at any time.

No. The contingency that triggers payment of a life insurance is the death of the named insured. That person could have changed the beneficiary designation prior to his/her death. Even if the policy had given the power to change the beneficiary to another person, the change would have had to be exercised before the named insured dies.

Yes. The policy is controlled by the "owner"of the policy. If the insured person is the owner, then the beneficiary should be written as "irrevocable." An "irrevocable" beneficiary can only be changed with the consent of that beneficiary, regardless of who the policy "owner" is. Hope this helps.

If there is a policy on your life the person currently listed as the beneficiary will be paid upon your death. The person listed as the owner of the policy is the only one who has the right to change the beneficiary. Usually the owner and insured are the same person but not always. You may wish to check on this and change the beneficiary if your situation has changed.

Yes, the policy owner can change the beneficiary. Sometimes, the person insured and the policy owner are not the same person, if someone else pays the premium for the insurance policy. For example, a parent or guardian taking an insurance policy on spouse or children. Some insurance policies are assigned to cover bank loans, and even if the insured may pay the premium, the bank can be assigned as the owner of the policy; in that case the bank decides who the beneficiary is going to be (usually in this scenario, the bank will also be the beneficiary).

I don't really understand the question. I assume you mean can you take out a life insurance policy on your husband? The person who is being insured must answer the underwriting questions on the application in person and must sign the application and be witnessed by a third unrelated person. Normally the agent is the witness. An important fact is the owner of the policy. The owner is the person who has complete control of the policy after it is issued. Only the owner can change the address, change the beneficiary, etc. Most of the time the owner is the insured but not always. The beneficiary must have an "insurable interest" at the time the policy is taken out. For instance if a husband is insured and the owner of a life insurance policy. He can make his wife the beneficiary but if they divorce he and only he can change the beneficiary and no notice has to be sent to the former beneficiary.

Perhaps this question could be rephrased. The answer to the question as posed is: after the death of the insured, the policy becomes void, and the benefits payable. The simple answer is no, you as the owner can not change the beneficiary after the death of the insured (subject of insurance).

The question does not really involve "should". The direct answer is "no". Using life insurance as an example, the owner of the policy is often the person who pays the premium. The insurance contract gives the owner various rights, such as to initially designate the beneficiary, change the beneficiary, pledge the policy as security for a loan, and other acts. The insured is the person whose life is, well, insured. Stated otherwise, this means that when the insured dies, the insurance company generally pays the death benefit to the beneficiary.

Of course. The beneficiary is the person designated to get the money, not the insured.

A Contingent or Secondary Beneficiary will receive the proceeds from a life insurance policy after the Insured's deaths, if the Primary Beneficiary does not survive the Insured Person. This means, if the primary beneficiary is not alive at the time of death of the insured person, then the contingent beneficiary will receive the proceeds from the life insurance policy. Examples of situations which may give rise to the contingent beneficiary receiving the proceeds from a life insurance policy. 1. The insured and primary beneficiary die in an accident together, for example, a car accident. 2. The primary beneciairy dies, and the insured forgets to update the beneficiaries for his/her life insurance policy.

Only the owner of the policy can change the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or make any other changes to the policy. Most of the time the owner and person insured is the same person but not always. The owner is usually the one who paid the premiums. If you are the owner, changing the beneficiary is a simple completion of a change form. Most insurance companies have a change form that has places for several different types of changes on one sheet of paper. After the change in beneficiary is processed the company will send you a certified copy to place in your policy.

I assume you are talking about life insurance. As the policy owner, you have no right to benefits so there is nothing for you to do. Benefits are only payable to the beneficiary unless all beneficiaries are deceased prior to the insured then it would be paid to the estate of the beneficiary. The owner of the policy basically has control of the policy before the insured dies. They are the only one who can change address, payment method, beneficiary, etc. If the owner is not the insured then the owner is the only person who can make policy changes. The insured person has no control over the policy if a different person is the owner but after death the owner has no more rights. Also, all life insurance is tax free as long as you never deducted the premiums for tax purposes.

If you are the insured you can change the beneficiary at any time as long as it is not an irrivocable beneficiary and there is insurable interest

The beneficiary is the person to receive the coverage amount when the person covered by the policy dies. In the first instance, the beneficiary is named by the applicant when application for the insurance policy is made. Unless the beneficiary designation is made irrevocable, the insured is free to change the beneficiary at any time until his/her death. Unless some provision of law or contract renders the designation of beneficiary irrevocable, the beneficiary does not have a right to remain as beneficiary and ordinarily cannot contest a subsequent change.

The beneficiary of a life insurance policy is designated when the policy is taken out. After that the policy owner (usually the insured but now always) can change the beneficiary by completing a change of beneficiary form. The company processes the change then sends you an amendment showing the change. Normally you put this amendment with the policy as it becomes part of the policy. If the policy owner kept their records straight then you could look at the policy and see the latest amendment to find out who the current beneficiary is. If your not sure the policy is kept up to date you can contact the company and see who the latest beneficiary is on the policy.

Life insurance proceeds are payable according to the beneficiary designation made by the insured and that is a part of the insurance policy. As such, the beneficiary can be any person or entity that had an insurable interest in the life of the insured at the time of the policy's inception. Concievably, that can be one or more of the siblings of the person insured. However, the insured is free to change the beneficiary(ies) at any time prior to death. If the insured designates his/her estate as the beneficiary of the policy, upon death, the proceeds are paid to the estate and distributed per the terms of the deceased's Will. If there is no Will, the proceeds, along with other assets of the estate, are distributed according to the laws of intestate successation of the state in which the insured died.

I assume the policy holder is the insured? Has the insured died? If not, It is time to change beneficiaries. Seek out the help of your agent to make sure you choose a properly named beneficiary. If the insured has died, there would have been a contingent beneficiary. All you need to do is contact the claims department of the insureds insurance company. If you are not the policy owner or the beneficiary, you are going to be limited in what info you can obtain but you can initiate the claim. 4lifeguild

Generally, if the beneficiary is deceased, the proceeds go to the contingent beneficiary, or if none, to the estate of the insured. An attorney must be consulted to direct you on how to handle this in your state. It depends on whether the beneficiary predeceased the insured. If the beneficiary died before the insured then the proceeds go the the contingent beneficiary. If there is not a contingent, check the contract, it probably is paid to the Owner of the Estate of the Insured. If the Beneficiary died after the Insured, the proceeds go to the Beneficiary's Estate. It is important to have a contingent beneficiary specified in your life insurance policy. This way, if the beneficiary passes away, the contingent beneficiary will benefit. If there is no contingent beneficiary, and the beneficiary has deceased, the proceeds of the life insurance policy, go to the estate and is distributed according to the Will.

Yes. A secondary beneficiary only becomes beneficiary if the primary beneficiary dies before the insured. Say the insured and primary beneficiary are involved in a fatal auto accident but the insured dies an hour before the primary beneficiary. The insurance proceeds would not go to the secondary beneficiary but to the estate of the primary beneficiary. If the primary beneficiary dies an hour before the insured then the secondary beneficiary receives the proceeds. If an insured wants both to receive monies they can name more than one person as primary beneficiary and in what percentage for each person. They could also leave it to their estate and handle distribution by a will.

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