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Answered 2009-01-23 07:01:20

As with all life policies, when the insurance company is notified of the death of the insured, they will make every effort to locate the beneficiaries based on what information has been supplied to them by the owner/insured of the policy.

However, if they are unable to locate a beneficiary, they are legally required to escheat the amount of the benefit in the beneficiary's name to the State Treasurer's Office of the State their Home Office is in. This amount isn't 'lost', the beneficiary need only contact that Treasurer's office and request it.

As to contacting a beneficiary when a premium hasn't been paid? Privacy regulations state that they can't contact anyone on the policy unless the policyowner specifically asks that they do so. The policy is a contract between the company and the policyowner, until the insured dies the beneficiary has no right to any information.

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