Whether you want to completely alter the beneficiaries of your life insurance policy or simply add contingent beneficiaries, the process is not all that difficult. However, there are some common mistakes that occur which can result in unpredictable situations. An amendment to a will or trust document cannot change the beneficiaries under the policy. Since an amendment to a Florida Will or Florida Revocable Trust usually requires the assistance of a Florida Estate Planning Lawyer, while you are there ask about the life insurance policy. The attorney can also offer advice and recommend who would be a good beneficiary to fit your particular situation.
Once you are ready to get started, you will need all required information, such as the beneficiary’s name, mailing address, date of birth, Social Security Number, contact number and relationship to you. Naming a trust as a beneficiary entails knowing the complete name of the trust and the current trustee’s name and address. Before contacting a life insurance company representative, look up the company’s website because many companies allow you to make changes to your beneficiaries over the Internet. Most will at least have forms that you can print and fill out. Be sure to comply with all rules on the forms for witnessing and notarizing.
Finally, once you have completed all necessary forms, make copies of the documents and then mail them to the address provided by the insurance company. To avoid disputes, notify all original beneficiaries to let them know they are no longer part of the policy. If you would like further assistance modifying your life insurance beneficiaries or creating a new policy, seek help from a Florida Estate Planning Lawyer.