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Whenever we think of preparing for our end-of-life, an insurance policy comes to mind. We understand: get a policy, choose a beneficiary, and select a mortuary to prepare the body. These are all very practical steps to take. However, few consider who to choose as a beneficiary. Sometimes a contingent beneficiary may become necessary if you have young or dependent children. Secondly, some may not know that we may include specific directions to an insurance policy, which assists the beneficiary/beneficiaries in consideration of receiving the award.

Who To Choose As A Beneficiary?

First, consider what you need from your beneficiary. Most financial institutions require enlisting someone to receive the responsibility for your account or policy. I recommend choosing someone who is not only responsible but fair and calm-headed. Sometimes concerns and disagreements arise surrounding finances or inheritances. A fair and calm benefactor knows how to diffuse irritation among family members with concerns. Even if one beneficiary receives the inheritance, a fair and kindhearted beneficiary will do right by the other family members. 

Word To the Wise When Choosing A Beneficiary

 Choose a beneficiary who will manage your affairs sensibly and thoughtfully interact with other family members. This means your beneficiary may interrupt the birth order. Go with skill sets. If your firstborn manages finances best, choose the firstborn, but if not, choose whoever manages best. However, if the firstborn demonstrates the most consideration for family members, choose your firstborn as a healthy counterbalance as well.


Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Beneficiaries that work collaboratively may serve your vision best. This is especially important when you cannot confidently leave your affairs in a sole beneficiary’s hands. Sometimes, the beneficiaries are young children who have no idea how to manage business matters. In this case, it’s wise to select a trusted adult to guide your children in managing financial decisions until they become older. One other benefit of multiple beneficiaries working in tandem rest in the reality that life brings unexpected circumstances. One of the beneficiaries may pass away before the children can handle their inheritance responsibly. The contingent beneficiary will receive the award or may serve as the legal guardian or custodian for younger children or long-term dependents.

Beneficiary Transition Is In The Details 

Knowledge wields power. Including essential details for your beneficiary to follow brings assurance. A living trust and will carry the lion’s share for conveying your desires; however, directives may also accompany details for the beneficiaries of your accounts and insurance policies. You may also set distribution percentages for multiple beneficiaries. Make sure to update accounts and policies as needed. If a beneficiary passes away, update your accounts and policies. After a divorce, update accounts and policies. If you want to add a beneficiary, update your accounts and policies to include your new beneficiary. Who to choose as a beneficiary is vital.

Beneficiary Suggestions for Teen Adults and Long-Term Dependents

Depending on the size of the financial award, teen adults may lack the discipline to manage large sums of money. Directives may establish that the teen adult received a monthly, quarterly, or annual allocation of funds for a designated time frame. If your beneficiary is a long-term dependent, meaning an adult who needs care, establishing a trust for this benefactor becomes a secure step. 

With so much to consider with who to choose as a beneficiary, you may want to learn more at valuepenguin.com/life-insurance-beneficiary. After writing from my perspective, I found this article. It confirmed my point of view, so I was pleased. 


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