Sometimes a family member or friend has a life insurance policy or annuity contract that their beneficiary may not know how to locate.
Or, a beneficiary may be unaware that they were designated to receive benefits upon the death of the person who was insured. This is what we consider to be a lost policy or contract.
If you’re not sure whether a policy or contract exists with Nationwide, we can help.
Start an online policy or contract search
To begin your search for a lost life insurance policy or annuity contract, complete our online form or call 1-800-848-6331.
As we process your claim, we’ll contact you directly if we need additional information or documents.
However, if you have questions about a lost policy or contract, or the search process, please call 1-800-848-6331, 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. ET.
You may search on your own
If you’re not sure whether your loved one had a life insurance policy or annuity contract with Nationwide, you may conduct a search on your own.
Unfortunately, there is no national or statewide database of all life insurance policies that you can consult. But these strategies may help:
- Search the deceased’s personal papers and address books for listings of insurance agents, lawyers, estate planners and financial advisors.
- Contact previous employers for records of past group policies.
- Review bank records for payments to life insurance companies.
- Check the mail for a year following the death for insurance premium or dividend notices.