Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart recently announced that the Delaware Department of Insurance will provide Delaware residents and their families with a free search service that can help locate missing life insurance policies or annuity contracts left behind by loved ones who have passed away.

Commissioner Karen Weldin Stewart recently announced that the Delaware Department of Insurance will provide Delaware residents and their families with a free search service that can help locate missing life insurance policies or annuity contracts left behind by loved ones who have passed away.

An executor, beneficiary or legal representative of a deceased resident or former resident of Delaware may file a search request with the department. To submit a request, visit bit.ly/29l9gaV.

The form should be filled out, then signed before a notary public. A copy of the decedent’s certified death certificate must be attached. The documents should be placed in an envelope marked confidential and mailed it to the address printed on the form.

The department does not guarantee that every requested policy will be found. Upon receipt of the request form, the department will send the search request and any attachments to all Delaware-licensed life insurance companies for review.

An insurance company must process a policy and/or contract if they have information about a life insurance policy or annuity contract on the deceased person’s life. The insurance company will contact the requestor directly if money is to be paid to them.

For information, call 800-282-8611.