A beneficiary is a person who receives proceeds from the payout of an insurance policy in a qualifying event such as the death of the insured. When were talking about visitors travel insurance, the beneficiary is named in your policy as the person who will receive a payout as beneficiary.
The travelinsurance provider cannot guess where you would like the money to go in-case of an emergency, so, you must name a beneficiary. In some cases, the amount to be paid can be substantial – up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, depending on the insurance plan you choose. If the insured fails to name a beneficiary, then the due funds could end up tangled in probate and may never serve the intended purpose of protecting loved ones in such a time of need.
Who Should I Name As My Beneficiary?
Your medical insurance beneficiary should be someone you would like your benefits to go to in the event of your death. Though your travel companion is often someone close to you and may seem like the right person to name as your beneficiary, it is a good idea to additionally name a secondary beneficiary in case there is an accident in which both of you are involved. This way, you are assured that the benefits will be received by the party or parties you have designated in your insurance policy.
Failing to Name a Beneficiary is a Big Mistake
Without the specific designation of a beneficiary on your insurance policy, the benefits youve purchased will not go where you intended. If you do not name a visitors insurance beneficiary, the funds will go into the probate depending on the laws of your country. In most cases, this means a much reduced amount will reach your family once the proper legal actions are concluded.
Minors Dont Qualify
Most visitors insurance plans dont want a minor – that is, a person under the age of 18 – named as the beneficiary of any insurance policy. The reasons are varied, but essentially, its for the best interest of the child who would not be qualified to handle such a large sum of money. This is also true for people with disabilities that would severely limit them from being able to manage the account.
If you want to name a child as your beneficiary, and you have a legal trust established in the childs name, you can name the trust as the beneficiary and the child will ultimately get the funds according to the terms of the trust.
It is recommended that you name the beneficiary, any person other than policyholders, insured persons or any traveling companions. The beneficiary can be any family member, son or daughter, relatives or friends. To learn more about travel insurance tips and advice, visit our knowledge center.