What is a Life Insurance Beneficiary?

Purchasing life insurance is not something many look forward to doing or discussing with their family. However, it is vital to have all of our affairs in order and provide for our family’s financial future after we die. The most crucial part about Dallas, TX estate planning is selecting a designated beneficiary for your life insurance policy, ensuring your loved ones are provided for. Call D&B Insurance Solutions today to discuss your life insurance options and how to select a beneficiary. 

What Is a Life Insurance Beneficiary? 

A beneficiary is someone who received the cash payout and other benefits from a life insurance policy upon your death. It is possible to have two beneficiaries, one of which is the primary and a contingent beneficiary. Having a contingent beneficiary is a good idea because they receive the payout when the primary predeceases you. Additionally, you can have your death benefits paid out as a certain percentage to each beneficiary. 

How Do I List My Beneficiaries? 

When naming beneficiaries for an insurance policy, you must be as specific as possible and write down full names. To prevent confusion:

  1. Be precise in naming who received the cash payout.
  2. Do not use generic terms, such as "spouse" or "wife/husband," because an ex-spouse could try to claim the benefits.
  3. If available, write down the beneficiaries’ full names and include their social security number on the insurance policy. 

How Do I Select a Beneficiary? 

Before selecting a beneficiary, ask who would be put in a difficult situation should your income vanish. This person could be a spouse, child, or another family member. Some choose a trustworthy person as the primary beneficiary to ensure everyone adheres to your wishes as to how much money each person receives. 

Selecting a beneficiary in most cases is easy because many in Dallas, TX put their spouse or children down. However, this option is not best for everyone. Call D&B Insurance Solutions for help setting up a life insurance policy and discuss your options for beneficiaries.