MMC Benefits Handbook
Beneficiaries
How do I name or change my beneficiary?
You can name anyone you wish as a beneficiary.
To name or change a beneficiary, go to Colleague Connect (https://colleagueconnect.mmc.com). Click Career & Rewards and select Mercer Marketplace Benefits Enrollment Website under Tools.
You are always the beneficiary if your covered family members die.
Who receives my Voluntary AD&D benefit if I don't name a beneficiary?
If you do not name a beneficiary, or if your beneficiary isn't alive when you die, the benefit payment will go to your estate.
Can I assign my benefit to someone else?
The Plan permits absolute assignment by gift. Assignments are generally made to a spouse or an adult child, or a trustee of an executed trust agreement. Any such assignment will irrevocably transfer the right, title, interest and incidents of ownership, both present and future, in such benefits.
To make an Assignment of Insurance, Absolute Assignment forms are available on Colleague Connect (https://colleagueconnect.mmc.com). Go to Career & Rewards, and select Career & Rewards Forms/Documents under Tools.
The assignment form must be reviewed, approved and authorized by the appropriate insurance company representative.
Assignment of benefits may involve federal and state income, gift, and estate tax questions. Legal advice from an attorney prior to making an assignment is recommended.
What happens if I die at the same time as my beneficiary?
If you and your beneficiary die at the same time, your benefit [and your beneficiary(ies)] will be determined based on the New York Estates, Powers & Trust Law governing multiple deaths, which generally provides that the benefit will be distributed as if you survived your beneficiary if there is no sufficient evidence that your deaths were not simultaneous.