Unclaimed Life Insurance Demutualization Payments – Cash, Stock & Policy Credits
Generally it is the job of family members to notify the insurance company of a policy owner’s death. More than one-quarter of all life insurance policy benefits go unclaimed on death of the insured, because family members simply aren’t aware a policy exists, or don’t know where to find it.
► Policyholders may also be entitled to an unexpected windfall. As a growing number of mutual life insurance companies – including MetLife, John Hancock, Mutual of New York, Prudential and others – have converted to stock ownership, millions of current and former policyholders, beneficiaries and heirs are entitled to receive stock and cash, in addition to policy benefits.
When John Hancock demutualized, it did not have current addresses for 400,000 policyholders. Prudential could not locate 1.2 million policyholders, and sixty million shares of MetLife arising from its demutualization went unclaimed.
► By law, unclaimed policy benefits and demutualization compensation are held in trust until claimants come forward. Recently, government trustees took custody of $22.8 billion in cash and life insurance company stock, of which less than $1 billion was reclaimed by policy owners, beneficiaries or heirs.
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