Unless you work within the insurance industry, you probably find purchasing insurance to be somewhat of an odious task–not to mention figuring out a life insurance claim. Most of us are forced to own more than one type of policy, whether it is required by law or for our own peace of mind in knowing that if something happens, we are covered. Life insurance is a bit different though. In most cases, you do not have to own any if you don’t want to, and even if you lack direct descendants, leaving behind life insurance helps with funeral and burial costs, any outlying debts, and more.
No one enjoys thinking about their own mortality, and life insurance certainly brings the topic to the forefront. It may be an important part of your estate after death though, not only covering your final expenses but also leaving behind an inheritance for those who succeed you in death and may also rely on you for income. Unfortunately, collecting on life insurance may be a hassle for your beneficiaries later. Your surviving spouse or children may have been relying on it to survive after you are gone, but in some cases, it could be denied because of reasons like the following:
- Coverage was not what you expected or was not put in place as you expected—and this is another good reason why you should review all your insurance policies at least once a year.
- Information on your original application was not completely truthful—often this is just due to the applicant guessing about something or perhaps being forgetful, but if the insurance company can find a reason to deny your claim, they will. The application most likely will be scoured for any inaccuracies, so be certain to take your time and be sure about what you are telling the insurance company; for example, a pre-existing issue that was not disclosed could cause denial of a claim.
- Premiums were not paid. Keeping up with insurance payments can be challenging, but your policy could lapse even if you miss one premium.
- Suicide—historically, this is usually a reason for life insurance claims to be denied; these days, the rule is normally that a claim regarding suicide would be denied if the policy was less than two years old.
- Lack of beneficiaries listed on the life insurance policy—obviously this is critical to dispensing life insurance funds and reinforces the reason to review your policy every year.
If you need help reviewing your insurance policy, or if you suspect your insurance company may be denying your claim in bad faith, contact the attorneys at the Bolender Law Firm. If a dispute over a claim cannot be easily resolved through a call or written communication, our attorneys will advocate on behalf of policyholders through litigation, arbitration, or non-binding mediation. Our attorneys are experienced in representing clients in state and federal courts, at both the trial and appellate level. Call us at 310-320-0725 now or submit an easy consultation request online. We are here to help!