Strategies For Finding Missing Life Insurance Policies

If you have anyone depending on you, life insurance is of paramount importance to ensure their financial safety. Once you have purchased a suitable life insurance policy all the beneficiary needs to do in order to collect the payment, is to give a legitimate copy of the insured person’s death certificate to the insurance company. However, if the policy has been mislaid and cannot be found, how does one go about claiming the money?

How to find a missing policy

As there is no Company nationwide that can assist you in finding the policy, you will have to look yourself. While it may be a cause of some consternation, finding it will ultimately bring about a substantial reward.

Here are nine ways of finding a life insurance policy that has been lost:

I: The deceased probably has files that may contain bank account records, documents, or receipts that are proof of a transaction with the insurance company.
II: Contact people who had business dealings with the insured, perhaps they had a business partner whom they trusted implicitly, or a lawyer who handled all their affairs. These people could provide you with the valuable information you need.
III: The insured may have been prudent enough to buy more than one type of life insurance policy, and could have been content enough with an insurance company to continue doing business with them. Finding any such records will simplify the recovery of the policy.
IV: A company’s HR department would have records of any group policy bought by the deceased, so find and contact their past employers.
V: Some life insurance policies pay expenses, and allow interest income to be earned, so have a look for previous income tax forms.
VI: For twelve months after death, the insurance company will issue premium notices or else a yearly statement regarding policy status will be posted to them. With this in mind, take a special interest in the deceased person’s mail for clues.
VII: Each state has a department of insurance, which is often used by companies trying to find beneficiaries of a life insurance policy. This is because the state department may have the requisite information to find the name of the insurance company used by an individual. Contact this department, and they may help you find what you are looking for.
VIII: In the event of a beneficiary not being found within three to five years, an insurance company may decide to give the state the proceeds for safety. If this is the case, a call to the unclaimed property office of the state could prove fruitful.
IX: When the deceased initially applied for life insurance, they would have to have undergone medical testing. The Medical Information Bureau (MIB) may have information on their database pertaining to the insurance company the deceased was insured with.

Time and Payments

There is no time limit when it comes to claiming on life insurance, yet astonishingly, it is claimed that one-quarter of all policies go unclaimed.Yes, even if a policy is discovered thirty years after the policy holder’s death, it can still be claimed, as long as there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding their death, and all premiums were paid.

If the policy holder dies suddenly, and results in the insurance policy being rendered null and void because the premiums were not paid, the company will always try to contact them to find out the reason. At this stage, the beneficiary can make it known that the policy holder is in fact, deceased. Upon producing a valid death certificate, the beneficiary is legally entitled to every cent due by the terms of the policy.

If the policy holder passes away with no one to claim the money however, the insurance company can either turn it over to the state for safekeeping as already outlined, or hold on to the money until the beneficiary becomes aware of the situation and claims it. No matter what, that money stays available until it is found.

The end result

It is often difficult to locate a missing life insurance policy, especially if it has been gone for a long time. It will take time and effort, but, invariably, putting in the hard yards and finding it will justify every second you spent in pursuit.

Different Life Insurance Policies, Different Rates – But, Now’s The Time To Reevaluate Your Policy

Here are the top four life insurances listed from most expensive to the least expensive.

Universal life insurance

Whole life insurance

Return of Premium life insurance (R.O.P.)

and least expensive of all – Standard Term life insurance

The least expensive may sound good but it may not necessarily be the best insurance for you and your family. A lot of people may have different policies. Two or even three. Each one covering a specific need.

Okay, let’s get to these important tips that could save you money when shopping for life insurance.

Buy life insurance while you’re young.

The younger you are when you purchase a life insurance policy the better. Your rates will be much lower. Buying life insurance for your children when they are young will keep their premiums low for the rest of their lives. Up to 10 times lower!

Find a life insurance policy that meets all your needs.

In other words, a policy that is’ tailor-made’ just for you and your family. Everyone has different needs.

You have a home with a 30 year mortgage that you would want to protect with a 30 year policy. You are 30 to 40 years of age. You should consider a small Whole life insurance policy with an additional 20 year Term life policy. Perhaps you are close to retirement. A 10 year Term life insurance policy may be right for you.

If you are a smoker, you want to consider a short term life insurance policy. (Just quit smoking!! Get a new policy! Many policies are much cheaper for a non-smoker. You will not only get healthier, but think of the money you’ll be saving! Not just on your premiums, but on all that you spend on tobacco!! )

How much life insurance should you purchase to meet your needs and the needs of your family?

First, you need to sit down and figure out what your needs are and the needs of your family.

You need to be prepared when dealing with insurance companies. Their goal is to make money off you. They will do their very best to try and sell you more coverage than you really need. Only purchase enough coverage that will take care of your family if something should happen to you. Such as, burial expenses, out-standing debts, mortgage, etc. Enough insurance for them to live on in a way they have become accustom to. (Note: An average standard is 10 times your yearly gross income plus any large debts you may have.)

The reason one should need to purchase more life insurance than needed is if you are leaving behind a large estate. This would be to keep the assets of your estate from being taxed.

If an insurance company is trying to push you to buy more coverage than you need, move on to another insurance company! There is no trick to buying life insurance. It’s not only fast and easy; It’s free on the internet! You can get many different quotes from many different insurance companies in no time at all and save you a lot of money.

Save money by matching the right insurance company to your lifestyle Let’s say that you have a high risk occupation. Such as an airplane pilot or construction worker. Or perhaps you have a high risk hobby. Such as jumping out of an airplane rather then piloting one. Insurance companies are well aware that they are taking a big. Therefore, they will charge you much higher rates figuring that you may not be paying them premiums as long as they had planned on.

The insurance companies will still insure ‘high risk’ people. But the amount of those individuals is limited. Example: An insurance company, let’s say, has a limit of 10,000 policies that they will issue to a ‘high risk’ individual. Each individual pays $1,000 per year for their policy. Now, after the insurance company reaches their limit of 10,000 policy holders, a ‘new’ high risk individual, (#10,001), is going to pay double for that exact same policy. Why? Because insurance companies are NOT going to exceed that limit and put their assets at risk. They need to compensate by charging higher rates to everyone over that limit.

Take notice of fluctuating rates as your insurance policy increases Some insurance companies are willing to give you a bit of a price break when you increase the amount of your coverage. It is possible to get a $300,000 policy from one insurance company for less than a $275,000 from another insurance company, even if both insurance companies charge the exact same price for that $275,000 policy.

It really pays to check both above and below the coverage you are looking at. You may be surprised at what you might find when you compare.

Are you paying too much for life insurance through you place of employment? Chances are, yes! You see your employer and the insurance company work together to agree on one set ‘group’ rate. Meaning, all employees’ pays the same price for their life insurance policy. They are going to figure in the number of ‘healthy’ and ‘unhealthy’ employee’s. Now, we already know that a person who is unhealthy will pay more.

Not the case through work. Everyone pays the same rate. The ‘group’ rate’. Therefore, if you are one of the ‘healthy’ employee’s, chances are, you are pay too much because you are paying a portion of the ‘unhealthy’ employee’s premium payment.

Let’s say that in a normal situation, an insurance companies rate would be $50 per week for a healthy person and $100 per week for an unhealthy person. In a ‘group’ rate situation, a set rate would be $75 per week for everyone. Every employee whether healthy or not.

That means that a healthy employee is getting an extra $25 per week taken out of their paycheck to help pay for a portion of the ‘unhealthy’ employee’s premiums.

If this is your case, the wise thing to do, if you are one of the ‘healthy’ employee’s, is to take that $75 per week out of your paycheck yourself and invest it in a life insurance policy that is tailor-made just for you. You would now be in control. You must also keep in mind that if you should ever leave this job, or retire, most likely you would lose any life insurance benefits you had through the company. By investing in your own policy, (and as long as you pay your premiums,) you would never be in fear of losing a policy that you may have paid many, many years in to.

You may save money by paying your premium payments annually.

By making annual premium payments, your life insurance company may give you a discount rate. After all, they are saving money with less labor and less paper work compared to those who pay monthly. If annual payments won’t work for you, ask the insurance company if they will offer a discount on your monthly premium if you pay by credit card. Many insurance companies don’t just willingly offer a discount. So don’t be afraid to ask!

Watch out for “Age Nearest” in your policy

When an insurance company raises your rates as you get older, these increases may not occur on your birthday as most would assume. The fact is, most insurance companies will raise the rates of your policy six months prior to your birthday. They call this ‘Age Nearest’. This could end up costing you a lot of money over the length of your policy. Make sure that you ask your insurance company ‘how’ and ‘when’ they increase their rates.

When to reevaluate your life insurance policy

There are several reasons for reevaluating your life insurance policy every year or so. Insurance rates are dropping, mainly because the internet has made it so easy for everyone to get life insurance quotes. This is resulting in a fierce competition between insurance companies. People are also living longer these days. That means longer policies for the insurance companies and longer premium payments.

It is possible to double your existing policy without paying any more than you are now. Anytime there is a substantial change in your life, you need to reevaluate your life insurance policy. You could be paying for coverage that you no longer need such as, your mortgage, your debts, or you no longer have dependants living at home.

Or, You may need to increase your coverage because, you had a child or purchased a new home. Very, very few insurance companies will ask you on a yearly basis if there are any major changes in your life. You need to inform them and ask them to reevaluate your policy. You can get a cheap life insurance quote but you have to ask and compare.

Life Insurance Plans – Know Your Options

Shopping for a life insurance plan is not such as easy task. There are many different angles to look at and points to consider and once having signed the contract, it is not a very easy to break. That is why it is vital to look at all the facts and figures before making a decision.

One of the items that you will have to consider is the length of the term that you want to buy into. There are different time spans such as five year, ten year, fifteen or even twenty year plans, or of course there are those than aren’t terminated until death. Depending on your age and purpose you will need to find out the best route for you.

There is also the choice of having a permanent or temporary life insurance policy. Temporary in this case does not necessarily mean short term but in fact these can last for upwards to thirty years. This just means that they are fixed rate, and many of them are cheaper as opposed to the more expensive and perhaps fluctuating permanent policies.

The other options of course vary according to what you would like to have included in these policies. The more you have included, the higher the monthly payment will be but this does tend to pay off in the future if any unexpected event should occur. However, this does not mean that you should pay for things that you definitely will not have any use for, such as business coverage if there is no chance for a business in sight.

These are just a few items to look at. If you are interested in these policies then ask an agent – they will be happy to answer your questions.