You hired a divorce attorney, split your possessions amicably, remarried, and lived happily ever after for 30 years. Everything’s been taken care of, right? Wrong.
Did you remember to change the beneficiary on your life insurance policy? If not, there’s a good chance your life insurance proceeds might go to your previous spouse, leaving your current partner with nothing more than a pile of bills.
You faithfully paid your life insurance premiums for decades, all to make sure your funeral expenses would be paid for and your loved ones would be covered financially.
But what would happen if you and your policy’s beneficiary both suddenly died? Or, what happens if your beneficiary died shortly after you did? A beneficiary is the person whom you designate to receive your life insurance proceeds when you die.