Life Producers

Is it a good idea to name the insured’s estate as a beneficiary of a Life Insurance Policy?

No. When the policyowner names their estate as beneficiary, it opens the doors for creditors to make a claim on the proceeds.   All estates go through a legal process called probate.  The courts appoints an administrator or executor for the estate after an attorney files the paperwork.  The executor is responsible for gathering assets and …

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How do you find a insurance company that is no longer in business?

First step is to contact the Department of Insurance in the state where you bought the policy. They keep track of that information and will know what happened to the original company. It could have been purchased by another company and in that case they can provide the name, address and phone number of the …

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Husband passed away and he never removed his ex-wife and added the new wife. What happens?

The beneficiary designation by the husband probably states, “(ex-wife’s name), wife of insured.” While she is no longer married to the insured, the courts have ruled that words such as “wife of the insured” is description of the relationship at the name the spouse was named. The name of the beneficiary itself is controlling. Therefore, …

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Illinois State Insurance Exam on home/your office OR an approved center

Illinois Department of Insurance has approved taking your Insurance examination: at home, or at your office, or at an approved testing center. Here is the link for at home or office testing: https://home.pearsonvue.com/il/insurance.    Information on your options can be founded at http:www.pearsonvue.com NOTE: You need to register for your examination for each  line of …

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DOL Fiduciary Rule Update on Rollovers Postponed to January 31, 2020

Under the Department of Labor’s (DOL) new policies, all producers (agents) that rollover funds from a  Individual Retirement Account (IRA), Pension or other similar plans to an IRA annuity or other Defined Contribution/Benefit plans must meet the 5-part test under the Prohibited Transaction Exemption (PTE).  Those requirements can be found in PTE84-24 put out by …

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Annuity Suitability & Best Interest

Question:  My home state has not adopted the New NAIC Model for Annuity Suitability and I am a nonresident producer that has adopted it.  Do I have to meet the new training requirement? Answer:  Yes, you do.  If you completed the old 4 hour course on Annuity Suitability, you have 6 months from the effective …

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Payment of Interest on a Life Insurance policy

When an insurer delays payment on a life or annuity contract, they have deprived the insured or beneficiaries of the use of the money.  To stop unnecessary delays in payment of proceeds, states have enacted laws requiring the payment of interest to those effected by the delays.  Below is the Illinois Law: 215 ILCS 5/224 …

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If a register representative is fined by FINRA, is the requirement to notify my home state Insurance Regulators?

Each month FINRA notifies Insurance Regulators about their actions against register representatives whether they hold an insurance license or not.  Insurance producers are required to notify the Insurance Regulators of any violations within 30 days.   At the time of a license application or license renewal, producers are required to list all violations by any regularity …

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Medicare Advantage Commissions

Question: I am no longer selling Medicare Advantage plans, can I receive my renewal commissions without doing the training? Answer: According to Medicare regulations, you must complete the annual training and score 90% or better on the final examination in order to continue getting renewals commissions.