Cashing in Old Life Insurance

Many people have asked us about old financial papers and their current worth. The questions have included what to do with old bank certificates of deposit, old stock certificates, and ancient papers from life insurance companies. Typically, they are most interested in knowing if these papers mean found money.

Free Money Hiding in the Attic?

Dear Medallion Group,

I found some very old life insurance premium receipt books from the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company. The policies covered the lives of my parents.

There are eight books ranging from 1937 to 1960. They include policy numbers, but no values at death. Furthermore, they show coverage for three of my five siblings and even coverage for me!

I have no claim forms. How do I research these contracts? Are there statutes of limitations on the money they would owe me and/or my siblings as possible beneficiaries?

Mrs. G.

Dear Mrs. G.,

In cases like yours where policies are forgotten, sometimes for many years, people often assume they are worthless paper. But this is not always the case! There is no statute of limitations on a life insurance claim. In fact, death proceeds from policies are often paid years after the date of death.

Old Life Insurance Could Mean Recovered Money

In your case, since the time elapsed is so long, the contracts would probably have to be whole life (permanent) policies, whose cash value and dividends were high enough to carry them from the date of the last payment until today.

Otherwise, they would have to be paid-up (all of the premiums due have been paid). So the contracts may be simply growing dividends and interest while the insurance company waits for your call.

All You Have To Do Is Call

To make your claim, simply call or write the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, provide a list of policy numbers, and ask for the status of each. If death benefits and/or dividends are available, the company will be promptly sending them to you. It certainly doesn’t hurt to give it a try!

Schedule a Free Consultation- Click Here button

At Medallion Financial Group, we believe financial planning is about Family. We have been helping families invest in the future since 1987 through a holistic planning approach. We recognize there are a variety of needs when it comes to retirement planning, plan rollovers, annuities, college planning, life insurance options, and investment management. It is easy to get lost in a sea of choices. Our financial advisors help with the basics and beyond to enable our clients to get the education, advice and management they need to retire with confidence.

Our focus is twofold: first and foremost, we are fiduciary advisors. We stand against any violation of laws, values, and ethics. Second, we treat our clients as part of our family, not only those who call Maryland and Georgia home, but clients across the US who have benefited from our reputation of personal service, integrity, and expertise.

We strive to exceed client expectations – because we have high expectations of ourselves.

post icon in Retirement by Medallion Group Mar 2, 2022