Estate Planning 101

Notifying State Farm After a Loved One’s Passing

September 13, 2023

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Dealing with the passing of a loved one is a difficult process, and part of that process involves notifying various organizations and agencies about the death. If your loved one held a homeowners or renters insurance policy with State Farm, here's a guide on how to handle it.

Who Should Be Notified

State Farm should be notified if the deceased had a homeowners or renters insurance policy with them. This is important to stop ongoing payments and to handle any pending claims or adjustments to the policy.

When to Notify

It's recommended to notify State Farm as soon as possible after the death of the policyholder. This will help prevent any unnecessary charges or complications with the policy.

How to Notify

To notify State Farm about the death of the policyholder, you should contact the local State Farm agent who handles the policy. If you're unsure who the agent is, you can call State Farm’s customer service line at 1-800-STATE-FARM (1-800-782-8332). Have the policy number and a copy of the death certificate handy when you make contact.

What to Expect After Notification

After you've notified State Farm, they'll guide you through the next steps. This may include cancelling the policy, transferring it to a new owner, or settling any outstanding claims. Keep in mind that if the property is still occupied, it's important to maintain continuous insurance coverage to protect it.

Tips for Notification

When notifying State Farm, be prepared to provide necessary information such as the policyholder's details and the date of death. It's a good idea to keep copies of all correspondence and note the date and time of any phone calls, along with the name of the representative you spoke with.

Conclusion

While it's a difficult task, notifying State Farm about the death of a loved one holding a homeowners or renters insurance policy is a necessary step. By following this guide, you can handle this responsibility effectively and ensure the policy is managed appropriately.

FAQ

Q: What if I can't find the policy number?
A: If you can't find the policy number, State Farm can usually locate the policy using the policyholder's name and address. It's best to have as much information as possible when you contact them.

Q: What happens to the policy if the property is inherited?
A: If the property is inherited, the new owner can usually transfer the policy to their name. It's important to discuss this with State Farm to ensure continuous coverage.

Q: Can I manage this process online?
A: While State Farm offers many services online, it's best to handle death notifications over the phone or in person to ensure all details are correctly addressed.