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Who gets the life insurance?

Examine your life insurance policies and take a look at who is named beneficiary. Chances are it’s your spouse or other family members, but if a beneficiary isn’t named, the proceeds will go to your estate. There are several reasons why you don’t want that to happen:

  • The proceeds could be subject to state death taxes,
  • Creditors of your estate would have access to the funds,
  • Probate fees could be increased, and
  • Distribution of proceeds could be delayed until administration of your estate is complete.

Make sure you have named a beneficiary for the proceeds. Keep in mind that you can name the Minnesota Medical Foundation as a primary or contingent beneficiary of your life insurance, in the event that a named beneficiary is not alive at your death.

To learn more, please contact the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s planned giving team at 612-625-1440, 800-922-1663, or

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