A grace period of one month but not less than 30 days is allowed where the mode of payment is yearly, half-yearly or quarterly and 15 days for monthly payments. If death occurs within this period, the life assured is covered for full sum assured.
If the premiums are not paid within the grace-period, the LIC-policy is liable to get lapse”
LIC-Mauritius Branch can grant a loan to the policyholder against his policy as per the terms and conditions applicable to the policy. The requirements for granting a loan are as under :
a) Application for loan with an endorsement of terms and conditions of the loan being placed on the policy.
b) Policy to be assigned absolutely in favour of the Corporation
c) A receipt for the loan amount
The maximum loan amount available under the policy is 90% of the Surrender Value of the policy (85% in case of paid up policies) including cash value of bonus.
»Loans are granted on policies as per Conditions and Privileges printed on the back of the Policy Bond.
»It is mentioned in the policy whether a particular policy is with or without loan facility.
»The rate of interest charged on policy loan is declared by the Corporation every year and they are plan specific.
»Interest on loan is payable half yearly.
The minimum period for which a loan can be granted is six months from the date of its payment. If repayment of loan is desired within this period the interest for the minimum period of six months will have to be paid.
In case the policy becomes a claim either by maturity or death within six months from the date of loan interest will be charged only upto the date of maturity/death.
Guaranteed Surrender Value
After payment of premiums for at least three years, the Surrender Value allowed under the policy is equal to 30% of the total premiums paid excluding premiums for the 1st year and all extra premiums.
Maturity Claims/Cash Back Claims
1) In case of Endowment type of Policies, amount is payable at the end of the policy period. The Branch Office which services the policy sends out a letter informing the date on which the policy monies are payable to the policyholder at least two months before the due date of payment. The policyholder is requested to return the Discharge Form duly completed along with the Policy Document. On receipt of these two documents post dated cheque is sent by post so as to reach the policyholder before the due date.
2) Some Plans like Money Back Policies provide for periodical payments to the policyholders provided premium due under the policies are paid up to the policy anniversary due for Survival Benefit. In these cases where the gross Money-back amount is up to MUR 20,000/-, cheques are released without calling for the Discharge Receipt or Policy Document. In case of direct bank-transfer, requirements are not called up to the gross Money-back amount of up to MUR 50,000/-. Hence LIC’s policyholders are requested/encouraged to apply for the direct bank-transfer facility by way of filling the LIC’s Bank-mandate form. However, in case of higher amounts these two
requirements are insisted upon.
The death claim amount is payable in case of policies where premiums are paid up-to-date or where the death occurs within the days of grace. On receipt of intimation of death of the Life Assured the Branch Office calls for the following requirements:
a) Claim form A – Claimant’s Statement giving details of the deceased and the claimant.
b) Certified extract from Death Register
c) Documentary proof of age, if age is not admitted
d) Evidence of title to the deceased’s estate if the policy is not nominated, assigned or issued under M.W.P. Act.
e) Original Policy Document
The following additional forms are called for if death occurs within three years from the date of risk or from date of revival/reinstatement.
a) Claim Form B – Medical Attendant’s Certificate to be completed by the Medical Attendant of the deceased during his/her last illness
b) Claim Form B1 – if the life assured received treatment in a hospital
c) Claim form B2 – to be completed by the Medical Attendant who treated the deceased life assured prior to his last illness.
d) Claim Form C – Certificate of Identity and burial or cremation to be completed and signed by a person of known character and responsibility
e) Claim form E – Certificate by Employer if the assured was employed person.
f) Certified copies of the First Information Report, the Post-mortem report and Police Investigation Report if death was due to accident or unnatural cause.
These additional forms are required to satisfy ourselves on the genuineness of the claim, i.e., no material information that would have affected our acceptance of proposal has been withheld by the deceased at the time of proposal. Further, these forms also help us at the time of investigation by the officials of the Corporation.
Double Accident Benefit Claims
Double Accident Benefit is provided as an inject to the life insurance cover. For this purpose, an extra premium of Rs.1/- per Rs.1000/- S.A is charged. For claiming the benefits under the Accident Benefit the claimant has to produce the proof to the satisfaction of the Corporation that the accident is defined as per the policy conditions. Normally for claiming this benefit documents like FIR, Post-mortem Report are insisted upon.
Disability Benefit Claims
As per the conditions as mentioned on the LIC-policy document, Disability benefit claims consist of waiver of future premiums under the policy and extended disability benefit consisting in addition of a monthly benefit payment as per policy conditions. The essential condition for claiming this benefit is that the disability is total and permanent so as to preclude him from earning any wage/compensation or profit as a result of the accident.
After the policy is issued, the policyholder in a number of cases finds the terms not suitable to him and desires to change them. LIC allows certain types of alterations during the lifetime of the policy. However, no alteration is permitted within one year of the commencement of the policy with some exceptions. The following alterations are allowed.
» Alteration in class or term.
» Reduction in the Sum Assured
» Alteration in the mode of payment of premiums
» Removal of an extra premium
» Alteration from without profit plan to with profit plan
» Alternation in name
» Correction in policies
» Settlement option of payment of sum assured by installments
» Grant of accident benefit
» Grant of premium waiver benefit under CDA policies
» Alteration in currency and place of payment of policy monies
A fee for the change or alteration in the policy is charged by the Corporation called quotation fee and no additional fee is charged for giving effect to the alteration.
The nominee is statutorily recognized as a payee who can give a valid discharge to the Corporation for the payment of policy monies.
Nomination will be incorporated in the text of the policy at the time of its issue. After the policy is prepared and issued and if no Nomination has been incorporated the assured can ordinarily affect the nomination only by an endorsement on the policy itself. A nomination made in this manner is required to be notified to the Corporation and registered by it in its records. A nomination is not required to be stamped.
Any change or cancellation of nomination should be given in writing only by the Life Assured.
Nomination under Joint Life Policy can only be a joint nomination. Nomination in favour of a stranger cannot be made as there is no insurable interest and moral hazard may be involved. Nomination in favour of wife and children as a class is not valid. Specific names of the existing wife and children should be mentioned. Where nomination is made in favour of successive nominees, i.e., nominee “A” failing him to nominee “B” failing whom nominee “C”, the nomination in favour of one individual in the order mentioned will be considered. Where the nominee is a minor, an appointee has to be appointed to receive the monies in the event of the assured’s death during the minority of the nominee. No nomination can be made under a policy financed from HUF funds.
In the case of first endorsement of nomination the date of registration of nomination will be the date of receipt of the policy by the servicing office and in case of any other nomination or cancellation or change thereof, the date of receipt of the policy and/or of notice whichever is later, will be the date of registration.
An assignment has an effect of directly transferring the rights of the transferor in respect of the property transferred. Immediately on execution of an assignment of the Policy of life assurance the assignor forgoes all his rights, title and interest in the Policy to the assignee. The premium/loan interest notices etc. in such cases will be sent to the assignee. In case the assignment is made in favour of public bodies, institutions, trust etc., premium notices/receipts will be addressed to the official who has been designated by the institutions as a person to receive such notice
An assignment of a life insurance policy once validly executed, cannot be cancelled or rendered in effectual by the assignor. Scoring of such assignments or super scribing words like ‘cancelled’ on such assignment does not annul the assignment. And the only way to cancel such assignment would be to get it re-assigned by the assignee in favour of the assignor.
There are two types of assignments:
1. Conditional Assignment whereby the assignor and the assignee may agree that on the happening of a specified event which does not depend on the will of the assignor, the assignment will be suspended or revoked wholly or in part.
2. Absolute Assignment whereby all the rights, title and interest which the assignor has in the policy passes on to the assignee without reversion to the assignor or his estate in any event
Status of your policy indicates if your policy is in force or has lapsed due to non-payment of premium. It also provides other important information with respect to your policy, for your reference.
If the premium under a policy is not paid within the days of grace the policy lapses. Revival is a fresh contract wherein the insurer can impose fresh terms and conditions. A policy can be revived under the following types of revival:
If a revival of the policy is effected within 6 months from the due of first unpaid premium no personal statement regarding health is required and the policy is revived on collection of delayed premium plus interest. The rate of interest to be charged for such delayed premium will depend on the date of commencement of the policy.
Revival on non-medical basis
For revival of the policy on non-medical basis the amount to be revived should not exceed the prescribed limit for non-medical assurance taken by the life assured.
Revival on medical basis
If a policy cannot be revived under ordinary revival or revival on non-medical basis it can be revived with medical requirements. The medical requirements will depend upon the amount to be revived.
The other schemes for revival are
- Survival Benefit- cum- revival