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New Year, New Reminder -- Offer a Beneficiary Review Now
The start of the year is an ideal time to connect with clients. A smart way to guide the conversation is by offering a beneficiary review. It’s a critical, value-added service you can provide to current and prospective deferred and immediate annuity clients.
A review ensures that client’s beneficiary designations match their wishes. A review may also lead to new deferred and immediate annuity sales opportunities.
For the Client
How does a beneficiary annuity review help clients? It helps them make sure their death benefits will be distributed according to their wishes. Often, a clients’ financial priorities change but they forget to update their beneficiary designations. Help your clients answer these questions:
- Are the correct beneficiaries listed? Update the primary beneficiary, if necessary, such as after a change in marital status.
- Has the client named contingent beneficiaries? These act as backups if the primary beneficiary is unable to collect the benefits or predeceases them.
- Would clients like to help their beneficiaries avoid a large, one-time tax burden their deaths?
For the Producer
A thorough beneficiary review is a value-added service you can offer to your client. It can pinpoint other needs and possibly lead to a new sale. Lead the discussion by asking questions such as:
- Are your current deferred annuity products meeting your financial needs?
- Do your current annuity products allow you to set how proceeds will be distributed to the beneficiary (for example, through a restrictive endorsement)?
- Has your deferred annuity account value changed substantially? Should we discuss more optimal options for taxation and disposition of death benefits?
- Are you worried about the tax burden and financial responsibilities that a lump-sum distribution of proceeds would place on a beneficiary?
- Do you have other friends or family members who would benefit from a deferred annuity beneficiary review?
Asking the right questions and setting up solid financial plans arm you as a valuable resource. Your actions now can also open you up to sales opportunities down the road.
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Annuities are not (a) insured by the FDIC or any federal government agency, (b) deposits of or guaranteed by any bank or credit union and (c) a provision or condition of any bank or credit union activity. Some annuities are subject to investment risk and may lose value. A surrender charge may apply during the surrender period, and a 10% penalty may apply to withdrawals prior to age 59½.