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e various possibilities open to a beneficiary under a life insurance policy as to how the benefit will be paid out.
The different methods for paying out a benefit available to beneficiaries when an individual covered by a life insurance policy dies. The simplest method is a lump sum payment of the value of the policy. It is also possible to leave the entire settlement with the insurance company and collect interest, retaining the right to withdraw principal funds at any time. Payment schedules are also available based on payment amount or duration. In either case, interest will accrue on the money that remains with the insurance company. There are also a range of options that pay benefits over the entire life of the beneficiary.