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Who Is A Nominee In A Life Insurance Plan?

A nominee is a person who is eligible to collect the death benefit from the insurance firm after the policyholder’s death. Here's some points to help you choose the right nominee.

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Amit Raje
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Amit Raje is an experienced marketer who has worked in various Fintechs and leading Financial companies in India. With focused experience in Digital, Amit has pioneered multiple digital commerce in India. Now, close to two decades later, he is the vice president and head of the D2C business department. He masters the skill of strategic management, also being certified in it from IIMA. He has challenged his challenges and contributed his efforts in this journey of digital transformation.

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Prasad Pimple has a decade-long experience in the Life insurance sector and as EVP, Kotak Life heads Digital Business. He is responsible for developing user friendly product journeys, creating consumer awareness and helping consumers in identifying need for life insurance solutions. He has 20+ years of experience in creating and building business verticals across Insurance, Telecom and Banking sectors

The primary goal of life insurance is to offer financial stability for your loved ones. Life insurance plans give out a predetermined sum assured amount to your family in the case of your tragic and untimely demise during the policy term. Therefore, choosing a suitable nominee for your insurance is critical whenever you decide to buy a life insurance policy.

Nominee Meaning in Insurance

A nominee or beneficiary is a person who is eligible to collect the death benefit from the insurance firm after the policyholder’s death. The primary policyholder chooses and appoints the nominee, and generally, it’s the spouse, parents, or children. It’s also not uncommon for a trustworthy individual from outside the family to be named the beneficiary.

Types and Life Insurance Nominees Rules

Although the insured can nominate anybody, there are specific regulations and rules to nominate and the kinds of groups who can be nominated.

Beneficial Nominee

Suppose a close immediate family member (such as a spouse, children, or parents) is designated as a nominee under the life insurance nominee rule. In that case, those individuals will become beneficial owners of the claim benefits straight away. Therefore, they will be referred to as “Beneficial Nominees.” This means that the death benefit will be paid to Beneficial Nominees and not to any other legal heirs, regardless of circumstances.

Minor Nominee

Can a minor be a nominee in life insurance policy? This is a common question in this context. As a rule of thumb, you nominate your child as a nominee. It is a wise and intelligent option since they can utilise the principal amount while you are gone. If the child is under 18, however, the lump sum payment may be too much for them to bear, and therefore, you must name a caretaker or an appointee to collect the death benefit on their behalf.

Nominees Outside Family

It is often wondered can a friend be a nominee in life insurance policy?

According to the present trend, policyholders are increasingly naming their friends or distant family members for death benefits. This sort of preference is known as the non-family nominee type.

Multiple Nominees

For your life insurance plans, you have the option of naming several nominees. You can also indicate the percentage of death benefits that each candidate will get. If no particular percentage is specified when registering the nominee, the insurance provider splits the guaranteed money evenly among the nominated candidates.

What Happens If a Nominee Dies in Term Insurance?

The nomination becomes void and ineffective if the nominee expires while the insured is still alive. However, the insured has the option to replace the nominee. If the nominee passes after the insured has died and before the death benefit amount is paid, the legal heirs pay the claim money.

You should understand that only buying a life insurance policy isn’t the end of your responsibilities! It’s equally critical to choose the right candidate to guarantee that your loved ones don’t miss out on opportunities that will secure their financial stability in the future.

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