At Brittany Olson Insurance Agency LLC, serving the greater Cloquet, MN area, one of the insurance products that we offer is life insurance. It is strongly recommended that every parent have life insurance so that their children can continue to live the same life they have grown accustomed to if the parent passes away early. When you hear this, one of the questions you may have is whether or not a child can be named as a life insurance beneficiary.
Can a Child Be Named As a Life Insurance Beneficiary?
A child can be named as a life insurance beneficiary. However, a life insurance company will not pay money out to a child who is under the age of 18. This is why many people leave the money to their spouses or whoever will be caring for the child until they turn 18 – if their child is not yet 18.
What Can Happen If Your Child is Not an Adult and the Beneficiary?
If your child is not yet an adult, it is strongly recommended that you create a trust, so the life insurance money goes into a trust. If your child is named a beneficiary and you pass away before they turn 18, the courts will have to appoint a court-ordered custodian to oversee the money. This can create delays in the payments.
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If you are looking to purchase life insurance, and your child is not yet an adult, you may want to leave the life insurance policy in the name of the person who will be taking care of your child or ensure that a trust is set up for your child so the life insurance money goes straight into the trust. If you are looking to purchase a life insurance policy in the greater Cloquet, MN area, call Brittany Olson Insurance Agency LLC to get started.