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When any insured person dies, the life insurance company that issued the policy may place the death benefit proceeds into a retained asset account. These accounts accrue interest for the beneficiaries while they decide what they want to do with their benefits. Beneficiaries have full and immediate access to their benefits and can withdraw some or all of it at any time.

Retained asset accounts have existed since 1982. They were developed in response to requests from policyholders who wanted their life insurer to provide a service that would allow them to delay major financial decisions during an emotional and vulnerable time. Today, many insurers provide beneficiaries with this service for both group and individual life insurance policies. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, there have been few if any complaints with regard to these accounts.