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Tips to Keep Your Employees’ Life Insurance Beneficiaries Up-To-Date

Employees have life insurance to protect their families financially in the event of their death. Most people file away this paperwork for safekeeping but fail to review their beneficiary information every few years. After all, who wants to think about their own death? It’s human nature.

As a benefits administrator, you know how important it is that employees keep their beneficiaries up-to-date to avoid legal complications and ensure that their wishes are fulfilled. Perhaps you have heard the horror stories or experienced situations where ex-spouses received death benefits while the current spouse helplessly stood by.

What can you do to help? The first thing is to have an information sheet on hand that explains how to choose a beneficiary, along with your standard beneficiary forms from the life insurance company.

  1. Include the information sheet and beneficiary form at every open enrollment.
  2. Major life events like marriage, divorce, adoption, death or having a baby usually prompt a benefit change. When this occurs have the information sheet and form on hand for them.
  3. Select an annual date, preferably six months after your annual open enrollment, to distribute a quick reminder email with the information sheet and beneficiary form.

Consider making these three easy steps a best practice. It’s a small action on your part which may have a big impact in someone’s life.

National Insurance Services is not a law firm and no opinion, suggestion, or recommendation of the firm or its employees shall constitute legal advice. Readers are advised to consult with their own attorney for a determination of their legal rights, responsibilities and liabilities, including the interpretation of any statute or regulation, or its application to the readers’ business activities.

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Landon Mowry

Landon Mowry

Landon Mowry has a unique perspective about what clients want because he’s been a client of National Insurance Services (NIS) himself. In fact, it was the high level of service he received while working on the other side of the desk that led him to make a career change. NIS’ core values matched Landon’s own beliefs about how to treat customers. Landon is a specialist in evaluating and providing solutions for all your employee benefit needs. He serves schools, cities, and counties throughout Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. Landon is a licensed insurance agent, a Certified Patient Protections and Affordable Care Act Professional (NAHU), and has a Group Benefits Disability Specialist designation (GBDS).