The Basics of Beneficiaries

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One of the most important parts of your estate plan is choosing who will get your assets when you die.

Here are answers to the most common questions regarding beneficiaries.

What is a Beneficiary?

A beneficiary is a person chosen as the recipient of funds or property under a will, trust, insurance policy, 401(k), etc.

For example, the beneficiary of a life insurance policy is the person who receives the payment of insurance after the death of the person that was insured.

What is a Primary Beneficiary?

A primary beneficiary is a person or entity that is first in line to inherit an asset. In the event the primary beneficiary dies, a secondary beneficiary is the next in line.

Who or What Can be a Beneficiary?

You are able to name the following as a beneficiary:

  • One person
  • Two or more people
  • A trust, that is controlled by the appointed trustee
  • A charity
  • Your estate

Can I Change my Beneficiaries?

Yes, you are able to change your beneficiaries. While you are looking at the beneficiaries you have chosen, don’t forget to make changes to your beneficiaries as your life changes, for instance, marriage, divorce, birth of a child, adoption of a child, etc.

Do You Need The Guidance Of An Experienced Estate Planning Attorney?

If you find yourself thinking more and more about how to preserve your assets for your family you should speak with an experienced estate planning attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Dallas office directly at 214.559.7202.

Lori Ashmore Peters
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