How to find life insurance policies of the deceased

Written by cameron easey
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Life insurance that is purchased by a relative or loved one is typically purchased to provide support and security when a death occurs. However, some individuals may neglect or forget to mention that a life insurance policy exists before they are gone. This can create problems for family members who will then need to try and search for information for the policy. Finding a life insurance policy of a deceased family member can be done once you know where to look.

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Things you need

  • Checkbooks and credit card records of the deceased

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    Search through any cancelled checks for information. The name of the life insurance company should be listed if any premium payments were made by check.

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    Look through old credit card statements. If a relative ever paid the life insurance premium with a credit card the name of the company should be listed on the statement.

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    Contact any former employers to see if a group health insurance policy existed. You should check with the last employer first because coverage may have been in effect when the relative died.

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    Check with any other family members to see if they have any information. Many times a brother or sister may have information about life insurance that was purchased years ago.

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    Track down the life insurance agent or insurance agency that sold the policy. An insurance agency may have old records file for clients that have purchased a policy.

Tips and warnings

  • Insurance companies should send an annual statement for any policies that are currently in force.
  • Search any old paperwork that may be packed away in a closet because valuable information can be found anywhere.
  • Be prepared to go through a lot of old papers if information for a life insurance policy is not available when a loved one dies.

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