COLUMBUS – Do you suspect a deceased loved one has a life insurance policy that you cannot locate? We can help.
The Ohio Department of Insurance’s missing life policy search service is a comprehensive search service that assists Ohio residents, and the families of deceased Ohio residents, in locating lost insurance policies purchased in the state. The search identifies the existence of any life insurance policies or annuity contracts purchased in Ohio and issued on the life of, or owned by, a deceased person.
Since its implementation in September of 2009, the missing life policy search service has had 682 valid search requests, and have matched 442 polices with their rightful owners.
“This is a great program that works for the consumers of Ohio to help them locate life insurance dollars to which they are entitled,” Ohio Lieutenant Governor and Department of Insurance Director Mary Taylor said. “It’s great that Ohio’s life insurance companies are able to work together, along with the Ohio Department of Insurance, to perform this service. These numbers are amazing and we encourage Ohioans to continue to submit their search requests to the Department.”
Executors, legal representatives, or members of the deceased person’s immediate family may file a search request with the Department. To submit a request, visit http://www.insurance.ohio.gov/Consumer/Pages/MissingLifeWebpage.aspx to print out the request form. Have the form notarized, attach a copy of the certified death certificate, and mail it to the Department.
The Department forwards the search requests and supporting documentation to all Ohio-licensed life insurance companies within 25 business days of submission. If an insurance company has information about an in-force individual insurance policy on the life of the deceased person or an individual annuity contract where the deceased person is an annuitant, the insurer is required to take action to administer the policy and/or contract according to its terms. If any money is to be paid to a beneficiary, the insurance company will contact the beneficiary directly. In this case, the company has 21 days to notify the consumer after contacting the Department.
Ohioans with questions about life insurance can call the Department's toll-free consumer hotline at 1-800-686-1526. A life insurance informational toolkit is also available on the Department's website at www.insurance.ohio.gov. The toolkit provides tip sheets, publications, and links to other helpful web sites.