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Question: What are some of the most common mistakes clients make with regard to life insurance?
Answer: Here are a few:
- THE INSURED’S ESTATE HAS BEEN NAMED BENEFICIARY. If the policy has a named beneficiary, the death benefit can be paid without the hassle of probate.
- THE POLICY HAS NO NAMED CONTINGENT BENEFICIARIES. If the primary beneficiary pre-deceases the insured, the next default beneficiary is usually the estate—and that means probate is necessary.
- MINORS OR OTHER IMPAIRED PERSONS HAVE BEEN NAMED BENEFICIARIES. If young children are in line for life insurance money, it usually means a court has to supervise the process and administration of the funds. That can be avoided with proper planning.
- THE BENEFICIARY LANGUAGE IS WRONG OR UNCLEAR. Estate planning attorneys run into circumstances all the time where the beneficiary designation doesn’t match the insured’s intentions.
- FAMILY NEEDS ARE NOT ADEQUATELY ADDRESSED. It used to be that a million dollar insurance policy felt like it was enough to take care of family needs in the event of the breadwinner’s death. For many, that’s not nearly enough anymore.
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