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History

Lincoln Insurance part of the Lincoln National Financial Group can trace its UK roots back to 1934. They offered to help the needs of customers nationwide either direct or through independent intermediaries.

Lincoln Financial Group was committed to helping customers look to the future and achieve financial security through its range of life, pension and investment products. 

Lincoln Financial Group had taken over companies including Cannon Life, Liberty Life, British National Life (which then became Citibank Life), Laurentian Life, Trident Life and Imperial Life.

In 2010 Sun Life Financial of Canada acquire the Uk operations of Lincoln National Corporation. As a result of the re-brand, the Lincoln Financial name in the UK then ceased to exist. All client communication & marketing activity would then carry the Sun Life Financial of Canada ( SLOC) brand name.

 Lincoln Insurance are part of Lincoln National Corporation which is listed as LNC on the New York Stock Exchange. Based in Philadelphia in the USA, Lincoln National Corporation was founded in 1905.

 Lincoln Life in the Uk offered 2 main protection products; A whole of life plan (Financial Foundations) & a term insurance plan (Financial Protection).  

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LINCOLN LIFE INSURANCE - Frequently Asked Broker Questions

Can you make changes to your Lincoln Financial life insurance policy ?

In terms of changing your life insurance policy, often you can request some of the following via Sun Life of Canada.

  • reduce or perhaps extend the period of cover
  • decrease or increase the amount of lifecover
  • remove indexation option or any specific paid for policy features
  • change the collection date of your usual premiums
  • remove a life assured from a joint policy
  • joint life policy separation, allowing a joint policy to be split into 2 new single policies if a couple divorce, split up or say change a joint mortgage into a sole name. 

The changes could be subject to medical underwriting based on your circumstances at the time & may well affect your premiums.

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What if my health or lifestyle changes after I have taken the Lincoln Financial policy out ?

Life Insurance cover is based on full disclosure at the time you took the policy out ie; being 100% as honest & accurate as possible. So any health or lifestyle changes since usually does not void your existing policy, as it wasn't relevant at that time of initial application. Please check your original T&C's 

How do I make a Death Claim ?

Check firstly if premiums are still being paid or alternatively is the policy perhaps "paid up" meaning no further premiums were needed. 

Then contact the Insurers claims line to inform them. They will provide you with their claim form for completion. You will need to send in a number of documents, most importantly being the death certificate proving the cause of death.

Insurers ( as well as other Providers ) will need the original death certificate, so ideally ask for several certified copies. Enclose your policy document, if you can find it and then send by recorded delivery or registered post to Insurers. 

Once received, the Insurers usually cross check all information before processing and settling a valid claim ie; was the medical & lifestyle information correct at the time of original application

If everything is hopefully in order, the Insurer may pay out a claim & usually in a matter of days or weeks.

Death Claims, Lincoln Life Insurance Trusts & Life of Another

Who the life insurance maybe actually then paid out to can be more complicated & many people wrongly assume it is a simple process.

If it is a joint life 1'st death policy or if it single life policy owned by another person " life of another"  then it will just be paid to the survivor. 

However, if it is a single life policy it can be more complex. Check if the policy was setup & written into a trust. If so the Insurer will pay the life insurance via the trustees named to the nominated beneficiaries directly. Sometimes there are a named beneficiary & others times a list of potential beneficiaries. The life insurance paid out doesn’t have to be included in the legal documents sent for probate and potentially it won’t be liable for inheritance tax either.

Should I put my Lincoln National Life Insurance policy into Trust ?

If the life insurance wasn’t written into trust, it will be paid to the executors of the deceased’s estate. They will handle the administration, known as probate in N Ireland, England, Wales and confirmation in Scotland. If not, the benefits will fall into your estate if you died prematurely. If you have not made a will this can then cause further complications with the life insurance monies.

Until probate is fully granted, no monies can be paid out to those named in the will. On average, this can take upto 6 months. By not placing the plan into trust may also swell up the total estate values, leading to potentially Inheritance Tax IHT issues

So placing a policy in trust can help to ensure that the policy proceeds go to the correct beneficiaries you decide to nominate at that stage & help avoid possible probate delays & IHT costs. Ask the Insurers if they provide any standard trust form wordings & seek legal advice if unsure.

If I started smoking after taking out my Lincoln Life Insurance - Do I need to now tell Sun Life Financial of Canada ?

If you had legitimately stopped smoking for over 12 months at that time of original application, you may wish to advise the Insurers you have started smoking again - but this should not affect the original policy terms which should still stand - you were being honest. Also maybe suggest letting your GP know if this is the case. 

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