Who receives money from life insurance policies upon death?

Part of the process of buying life insurance involves the designation of a beneficiary-the person(s) or entity(ies) that will receive the proceeds of the policy upon the insured's death. The beneficiary(ies) can be changed during the insured's lifetime, but as of the time of death, the designated beneficiary is entitled to the proceeds. If no beneficiary has been designated in the policy, proceeds are usually paid to the estate of the insured.
Part of the process of buying life insurance involves the designation of a beneficiary-the person(s) or entity(ies) that will receive the proceeds of the policy upon the insured's death. The beneficiary(ies) can be changed during the insured's lifetime, but as of the time of death, the designated beneficiary is entitled to the proceeds. If no beneficiary has been designated in the policy, proceeds are usually paid to the estate of the insured.