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What is a benefits beneficiary?

A benefits beneficiary is a person or entity designated by a participant in a benefits plan, such as life insurance, retirement plan, or other employee benefits, to receive specific benefits or assets in the event of the participant's death. The beneficiary can be an individual, such as a family member, a spouse, a child, or a friend, or it can be an entity like a trust, a charity, or an organization.The role of a beneficiary is crucial because it ensures that the benefits or assets are transferred according to the participant’s wishes upon their death. In many cases, participants can choose multiple beneficiaries and specify the proportion of the benefits each should receive. It's important for individuals to regularly review and, if necessary, update their beneficiary designations to reflect changes in their personal circumstances, such as marriage, divorce, the birth of children, or the death of a previous beneficiary.

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