If you have a life insurance policy means you have secured the life of your loved ones in case of any mishap with you. By purchasing the policy, you did your moral duty towards them in protecting their life from adverse scenarios. But the thing really matters is whether they (the Insurance Beneficiary of your policy) are equally aware of the policy and the claim procedures or not.
If not, then it becomes your duty to make your insurance beneficiary aware of all things related to the insurance you bought for them. There are certain things which you should know about being a beneficiary of any policy or can be told by you to loved ones appointed as a beneficiary by you.
You will not get full face value
Please keep in mind that the face value or amount recorded by the company in documents is not the one your insurance beneficiary will get. In actuality, some minor fees and charges will be deducted at the customer’s end by the company before processing the claim, but the charges may be very minimal. If the policyholder has taken any loan against the policy and some portion of it is still to be paid, in those cases company deducts the unpaid loan from the claim amount and processes the rest money to the insurance beneficiary.
The amount of claim is tax-free
The amount of claim credited to the account of the insurance beneficiary will be completely tax-free. You don’t have to pay any taxes for that because it is clearly stated in the rules by Taxation Services that the policy claim amount cannot be taken as the income source for the beneficiary. The only exception is when the policy was transferred to you against any valuable consideration or cash but it happens very rarely.
Mode of payouts of Insurance Benefits
Insurance companies provide monetary benefits to the insurance beneficiary on the maturity of the policy or if some mishap with the policyholder. It is totally the will of the insurance beneficiary how he wants to receive the claimed amount. Usually, companies provide three modes of payout to the beneficiary:
- A lump sum amount where the total amount of claim is settled in one go and credited to your bank account.
- You can opt for drawing the total claim amount into equal monthly instalments.
- Alternatively, you can also go for equal payment throughout of life.
Who will get Benefitted
A policy can only be claimed by the person listed in the beneficiary list of the policy. A list of beneficiaries must be updated accordingly to let the right person make the claim hassle-free. Nobody except the name included in the list has the right to claim and the company has every right to hold the claim in event of any confusion or legal issue. The company will release the claim amount only when the legal issues among beneficiaries will be sorted out and you cannot direct the company for early release.
Rights of the Policy Company
Before claiming the amount of insurance, you must know the very rights of the policy company as well. The company has a right not to disclose the name of other beneficiaries listed in the policy to you if you are among one of the beneficiaries. Also, it is not mandated on the part of the company to inform the customer about the discontinuation or maturity of the policy. You should keep tracking the policy for its premium and maturity dates and must act accordingly.
Keep paying the premiums regularly
Just purchasing insurance is not quite enough, but to keep paying the insurance timely is more important. If you forgot to pay a premium once, it becomes problematic for you to continue with the insurance. Because there is a limit of three months delay period and companies will not accept payments after this delay period. That simply means your policy is discontinued and you have only three months to restart it, so you must pay a premium regularly to keep the policy alive.
No need for paper policy
You don’t have to produce the policy document to make yourself eligible for the claim. In the digital age, all the related information is secured digitally by the company and you only need to know the time of maturity and the name of the insurance provider. If you are sure that the policy is matured or the policyholder is no more, in that case simply approach the insurance provider and the claim process will be initiated after simple verification of beneficiaries.
Need for Certificates
In case the policyholder is no more, maturity benefits can be claimed by you as the listed beneficiaries. But you have to produce the death certificate of the policyholder, to make your claim viable to the company. In case of accidental insurance, a medical certificate by a certified medical professional must be produced. In case of any legal contradiction among beneficiaries, valid legal order must be produced to the insurance company to get due benefits.
The last thing you must keep in mind while planning for insurance is to carefully read all Terms and conditions for particular insurances. Some important benefits are delivered by the company to consumers or not? Rules and regulations are decided by the government and all companies must adhere to these rules made by the IRDAI, and you can also go through the official website of IRDAI for information like companies engaged in this business and all. The points discussed above are worth knowing and understanding for a better experience with the insurance companies and to avoid any further delay in claim processes.