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hri_Admin Staff asked 2 years ago

In AB, is a faxed or photocopy of a beneficiary designation for life insurance legal or does it have to be original?  What about a pension beneficiary?

3 Answers
Glenn Demby Staff answered 2 years ago

This way beyond my expertise, but I think the answer is yes, provided that govt guidelines are followed. Here are the guidelines for insurance https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/80b795f6-c781-4268-9da2-f21e1d3cc338/resource/15f6ca43-c68f-4a12-9b7d-f02d57327f9f/download/superintendent-of-insurance-2014-04-bulletin.pdf Couldn’t find anything like this for pensions, however.
One caveat based on something I learned in law school. Email, fax not valid to change a beneficiary designated in a will. Will needs to be reexecuted.
Wish I could be of more help. Glenn

Glenn Demby Staff answered 2 years ago

Thanks Glenn!

Glenn Demby Staff answered 2 years ago

You’re welcome, Teresa. I really wish I could have been of more help.