Boonswang Law’s Experienced Indiana Life Insurance Lawyers Will Fight for You
Call Boonswang Law to Discuss Your Claim with a Life Insurance Lawyer in Indiana
Our life insurance lawyers have helped people throughout Indiana get the life insurance payout their loved ones intended.
A policyholder purchases a life insurance policy to ensure the financial well-being of their beneficiaries. You would think that life insurance beneficiaries automatically receive the death benefit upon the policyholder’s death, but unfortunately, this is not always the case.
Because they are motivated to make money for their shareholders, just like any other business, life insurance companies often deny or delay payment on life insurance claims. If you feel your life insurance claim was wrongly denied or payment is being delayed, life insurance attorneys at Boonswang Law can help you get your payout.
The Life Insurance Lawyers at Boonswang Law Have Helped Beneficiaries from these Indiana Cities and the Surrounding Areas:
- Fort Wayne
- South Bend
- Terre Haute
Common Reasons Indiana Life Insurance Death Benefits Get Denied
The Life Insurance Policy Lapsed or Terminated
You know how life insurance works–a life insurance company provides coverage in exchange for a policyholder’s premium payments. If premiums are not paid, a policyholder’s life insurance coverage lapses and terminates.
Terminating life insurance coverage is highly regulated in each state, and often life insurance companies and employers who provide group life insurance coverage to employees fail to follow those regulations, resulting in nonpayment of premiums that is not the fault of the policyholder. In these instances, we may be able to get the beneficiary paid.
A Policy Exclusion Allegedly Applies
Every policy will list causes of death that are not covered. These are called “exclusions.” Suicide and death due to terrorism or acts of war are common exclusions in life insurance policies.
If an exclusion can be stretched to apply to a policyholder’s death, believe that the life insurance company will claim that it applies and deny your claim. In these cases, we investigate and can often show that the exclusion does not apply, and we get our beneficiary clients paid.
Those at greater risk of dying during the policy term pay higher premiums. The life insurance company calculates that risk by factoring in things like a policyholder’s age, weight, occupation, health and medical conditions, and lifestyle habits like drinking alcohol or smoking.
If a policyholder omits information or makes a mistake on the initial application for life insurance or the medical questionnaire, the life insurance company will allege that they misrepresented themselves in order to get a lower premium payment and then deny your claim.
In these cases, we may be able to get you paid the death benefit minus the amount the policyholder would have paid in premiums had the life insurance company known of the missing fact. Call us if your claim was denied due to misrepresentation.
Proof of Death Not Sufficient
When a policyholder dies overseas, life insurance companies generally delay payment on claims for death benefits because of a delay in receiving a death certificate, or because a foreign death certificate contains insufficient information regarding the policyholder’s death.
If the life insurance company is delaying payment on your life insurance claim for this reason, contact us. We can help–and the life insurance company may owe you interest!
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What to Expect When You Work with an Indiana Life Insurance Lawyer at Boonswang Law
You have probably never worked with an experienced life insurance lawyer before. Here’s what we do for you, among other things:
- We review the life insurance policy terms and provisions to determine coverage and exclusions, and we explain these to you
- We review the denial letter and any other correspondence from the life insurance company to identify the reason or reasons for a delay or denial of your claim
- We investigate allegations made by the life insurance company in denying your claim to refute or cast doubt on those allegations
- TWe negotiate with the life insurance company to get you a payout when there is a dispute
- We vigorously pursue your claim in court against the life insurance company when they are acting unreasonably or dishonestly in delaying or denying the payment of your valid life insurance claim
If you are a life insurance beneficiary, you should know that life insurance companies have experts, consultants, and lawyers who are tasked with looking out for the company’s bottom line. The more premiums a life insurance company collects and the fewer death benefit claims they pay out, the more profit they make for its shareholders. In other words, the interests of the life insurance company are at odds with yours and with the policyholder’s.
The life insurance lawyers at Boonswang Law will fight to get you the death benefits you deserve after your loved one’s death.
Frequently Asked Questions About Life Insurance Claims in Indiana
WHAT HAPPENS IF MY LIFE INSURANCE PAYOUT IS DELAYED?
If the delay is unreasonable, meaning, the life insurance company had no valid reason for waiting to pay your claim, you may be entitled to interest on the death benefit. Call us to discuss your case.
MY LIFE INSURANCE CLAIM WAS DENIED, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
You should contest denial of your claim. Life insurance companies frequently deny valid claims in order to make money for their shareholders.
When you receive the denial letter you should also receive documents explaining how to contest the denial with the life insurance company. Call us if you need to contest a denial of your life insurance claim–we can help you fight the lawyers at the life insurance company.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A MINOR IS LISTED AS A LIFE INSURANCE BENEFICIARY?
A minor cannot directly receive life insurance death benefits. Likely, a court will have to appoint a conservator to administer the funds on behalf of the minor beneficiary. Unfortunately, there is little to prevent a conservator from using the funds for their own benefit.
If a policyholder wishes a minor to receive the death benefit, they should set up a trust with the minor as beneficiary of the trust, and name the trust as beneficiary of the life insurance policy. This way, they can select who will act as trustee.
THE BENEFICIARY DESIGNATION WAS CHANGED JUST BEFORE THE POLICYHOLDER DIED, WHAT SHOULD I DO?
You can contest a beneficiary designation change if you suspect the change was made fraudulently or under duress. These cases are very difficult to prove, so be sure to contact an experienced life insurance beneficiary attorney for help litigating this.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY LIFE INSURANCE CLAIM WAS DENIED DUE TO LAPSE?
You should contest the denial. It is possible to still get a payout if the lapse was not the fault of the policyholder, for example, if an employer failed to give the policyholder conversion papers or improperly administered the policy, or if the life insurance company failed to send the policyholder the legally-required notices of lapse.
Call our IN life insurance lawyers if your life insurance claim was denied due to lapse. We will investigate and get you paid if at all possible.
HOW CAN I FIND OUT IF SOMEONE HAD LIFE INSURANCE?
If you suspect a loved one had a life insurance policy but don’t know for sure, you will have to dig around for evidence. The contents of a safe-deposit box or your loved one’s desk drawers might give you a clue. You can also look through your loved one’s recent mail for premium notices, and look through bank account statements for evidence of premium payments.
CAN A LIFE INSURANCE BENEFICIARY DESIGNATION BE CHANGED AFTER THE POLICYHOLDER’S DEATH?
Absolutely not. If the beneficiary designation was changed after the date of the policyholder’s death, that change was fraudulent. Contact an experienced life insurance beneficiary attorney immediately.
CAN A SPOUSE CONTEST A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY?
Yes, if they were supposed to be the named beneficiary for any reason and someone else was named. Contact us if you were supposed to be a beneficiary on a life insurance policy but someone else was named instead–we can help you.
WHAT HAPPENS IF THE BENEFICIARY ON A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY DIED BEFORE THE POLICYHOLDER?
If the primary beneficiary died before the policyholder, the life insurance company will pay the death benefit to the secondary beneficiary or the contingent beneficiary. If the policyholder did not designate secondary or contingent beneficiaries, the death benefit can be paid to the policyholder’s estate.
HOW LONG SHOULD IT TAKE TO GET A LIFE INSURANCE PAYOUT?
A life insurance company should pay the beneficiary within 30-60 days of the claim being submitted. If this time has passed and your claim has not been paid yet, contact us. When a life insurance company unreasonably delays payment on a life insurance claim, they may owe you interest on the death benefit.