Beneficiary Designations Attorneys

Beneficiary Designations Attorney – Circle of Life Legal

What do you mean by a designated beneficiary?

A designated beneficiary is someone who inherits the life insurance payout or what we call the balance of a single account for retirement after the death of the property owner. Usually, the beneficiary is a spouse or close family members. However, it can also be a trust, house or an estate. People who acquire a retirement plan or have purchased life insurance must have a designated beneficiary, who will receive the amount of property after death. 

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A designated beneficiary gets access to the owner’s assets, annuity, or life insurance. Therefore, anyone with a bought life insurance or any other policy must go through the policies once and for all. It is essential to review the documents at a regular interval to make the additional changes for marriage, death, birth or divorce.

The process allows us to offer the names of multiple beneficiaries as all types of assets can also be divided if there is more than one inheritor. The primary inheritor is the first one to receive the asset’s control. If there are any secondary beneficiary, he/she will be the next in line to receive the asset’s control. However, there is a catch to this process. The secondary beneficiary can only receive the asset if the first inheritor predeceases the owner. Or goes missing, or denies to accept the property right.

These kinds of beneficiaries are revocable, at times non-revocable. If they fall on the former platform, the owner still has the right to make amendments. If the beneficiaries fall on the latter platform, then certain rights cannot be changed or denied.

The Significant Points

  • Any designated inheritor is recognized by the name on the life insurance or financial account who is listed as the recipient of the owner’s property after death.
  • It doesn’t help to replace a signed will. If there is no will, inheritor may face delayed probate process in the court.
  • The designated inheritor usually must file a claim along with the death certificate photocopy, if he/she wishes to take over the assets. The claim will then be supplied by the managing company of the asset. Moreover, the form must be given back along with a photocopy of the death certificate of the owner. The entire process takes place on the country or state where the person was residing.
  • Never forget to take a signed will, otherwise it will have no impact on the probate and hence the court will delay the acquisitions.

As a matter of fact, the laws of the state vary from company to company and it generally takes up to 30 days to properly review the entire documentation. And, when it comes to Life insurance payments, they generally take 60 days after the claim has been filed. Furthermore, if anyone dies without making a will, it is a must for any beneficiary to go to probate court for receiving all the payments. For that, the person has to be recognized as a ‘designated beneficiary’.