|Life insurance companies are among the largest
holders of unclaimed money. More than one-quarter
of all life insurance policy benefits - worth hundreds of millions of
dollars - go unclaimed and unpaid on death of the insured, due to long
dormancy periods and because family members aren't always aware a policy
In addition, millions of current and former MetLife, John Hancock and Prudential policyholders and heirs are entitled to receive stock, policy credits and/or cash payments in addition to unclaimed policy benefits, as a result of the recent demutualization of these underwriters.
Most state statutes don't presume abandonment of life insurance benefits until some number of years after the insured would have attained the limiting age under the mortality table on which reserves are based, typically 100-115 years. There is no central repository or clearinghouse for unclaimed life insurance policies. Generally it is the job of the beneficiary to notify the insurer of a policy owner's death, , and little effort is made to find lost beneficiaries or family members entitled to make claims.
Some further investigation, therefore, is often necessary to trace and recover a lost life insurance policy or unclaimed life insurance benefits. If you have reason to believe a policy existed but haven't received payment, go to Unclaimed Life Insurance Policy Search
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