What happens if policyholder dies within grace period ? The answer may surprise you !

POSTED BY Jagoinvestor ON November 17, 2014 COMMENTS (73)

Do you know what happens when the policyholder dies within the grace period provided after the due date of paying the premium. The answer might surprise you because there is a big myth around this topic.

Every life insurance company provide a grace period of 30 days for paying the premium after the due date is over. Companies send reminders on SMS and emails to make sure the customer pays their premiums on or before the due date. But if they forget to pay the premiums on time, still they get 30 days of grace period.

If premium are not yet paid after the grace period, then the policy is considered to be LAPSED and no death benefits will be given if the death happens after the grace period.

Do you get sum assured if death happens during grace period ?

And the answer is YES. As per the rules, if the death of the policy holder occurs on the due date of the premium payment or during the grace period, still the policy is valid and the beneficiaries will get the sum assured. But after deducting the the unpaid premium for the current year.

As a proof I am putting up a proof of what the website of Max New York Life Insurance says below. You can see the exact wordings below.

Grace Period in Life Insurance

So if a person has taken a 1 crore term plan for a 30 yrs period with premium Rs 10,000 per year on 20th dec 2010 and imagine the policy has run for 3 yrs , and now its the 4th premium is to be paid on 20th dec 2014 . The grace period will be upto 20th Jan 2015 .

Now if the premium was not paid and the death happens on 25th Dec 2014 , then its during the grace period. How much will be the sum assured paid to the customer family ?

It would be Sum Assured – all unpaid premiums for the current year

= 1 crore – 10,090
= 99.9 Lacs

Payment of Sum Assured if death happens during grace period

There have been a lot of cases, where a person just discontinued his policy for some reason and they faced an accident and died. Internet is full of these kind of cases.

A lot of times death happens during the grace period and because the family is not well educated on this aspect, they don’t know that they are still liable for a claim (we provide our clients family claim assistance service).


So make sure you do not forget to pay your premiums and make sure you do not wait for the reminders from the insurance company. You can set up your own reminders and be more alert and proactive on this.

Let us know if you knew about this information or not ?

73 replies on this article “What happens if policyholder dies within grace period ? The answer may surprise you !”

  1. venkata reddy says:

    Hello Manish,

    My brother have jeevan anandh policy he already paid 3 premiums quartly but he is not pay the fourth premium unfortunatly and he was died one month back and within grace period he is not pay amount its ove 2 months so we are eligible for policy premium or not please let us know?

    1. sriram says:

      can you please respond me

    2. Hi venkata reddy

      The best answer you can get only from the agent you invested through or just contact the company. The thing is your case is a bit personalised and other than company, no one can give accurate information


  2. Shamna says:


    If someone takes a new policy then after paying one or 2 premium if they die , are they eligible to get the insurance amount

      1. Shamna says:

        thanks manish for replying me

  3. Job says:

    In a policy where the premiums are payable monthly, suppose a claim occurs after paying just one or two monthly premiums, is the sum assures still receivable?

  4. Gaurang says:

    Hello Sir,

    I have two question.
    1)Let’s say I took term plan from a company(let’s take LIC) and I took it for 30 years. I paid all the premiums for all 30 years and I am not dead then what will happen? I will get all money that I paid in premium only or the sum insured(let’s say 1 crore)

    2) If I will not pay premium due to any reason for let’s say 2 years then will it be active or deativate?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Jagoinvestor Admin says:

      Hi Gaurang

      In term plan you get the sum insured only in case of the mis-happening against it is insured. It only offers the financial protection against a mis-happening . Thus , in your situation you would not be paid anything in the first case.

      While in second it would be deactivate or lapse.

  5. JAGANNATH says:





    1. Yes, if the premium was paid in grace period, then the policy would be active. So you should get the claim

  6. vishal says:

    My father was the policy holder for aegon policy.The due date was 26/7/2015 the policy was in lapsed stage.He died on 15th January 2016.Am i Eligible for any payment. Premium amount was 80000 on surrender they are giving us only 27000 is that correct?such huge dedcution only first premium was pain.

    1. No , the policy is lapsed !

  7. Amjad says:

    Hello Sir,

    Please answer the below queries from your expertise.

    1. The policy holder is my father and the life insured is my elder brother on one policy and similarly my father is the policy holder but the life insured is me on another policy and like this there are 6 policies where policy holder is my father but life insured is one of my siblings, so just in case if the policy holder dies and life insured survives (premium’s being paid on time or let’s say my father discontinued after 3 years of premium making it paid up), does the life insured becomes the defaulter to pay the rest of the premium’s?

    2. If the life insured doesn’t become the policy holder in case of policy holder’s death, then how much amount is returned and if the policy is for 20 years do we have to wait for 20 years or all amount will be given to the life insured immediately?

    3. If the life insured is the nominee himself and he dies but the life insured is his son, then how is the claim settled?

    4. My understanding is the sum assured will be given only if the life insured dies and not the policy holder, am i right?

    Thank you!

    1. 1. No

      2. If policy holder dies,there is no impact on policy , You get the money at maturity or in between with lower amount

      I think you should talk to agent to understand more on this

      1. Amjad says:

        Thanks for answering and sorry my question # 3 was supposed to mean “If the policy holder is the nominee himself and he dies but the life insured is his son, then how is the claim settled?

        1. The only is only paid when the life insured person dies.

  8. Sir
    I have max life life insurance policy.
    The cheater agent told me that your policy have 3 year lock in period and you will be pay only 6 anual premium after them you can withdrawal your amount with interest
    After some month i contact to customer care he said that you can not withdrawal before 20 yers
    What can i do so for

    Thanking you

    1. No you can withdraw the money even after 3 yrs lock in . The customer care is wrong here. Check your policy documents


    2. Sksaini says:

      Thanks a lot for your suggestion.
      Yes we can withdrawal atter lock in period
      But company cut almost fifty percent amount. They called it surrender value.

      1. If its as per terms and conditions, you cant do much here

  9. jafar says:

    My father was two lic policies…unfortunately he died…..policy bond lost….

    1. IF you have no info of policies, then I am not sure what you can do !

  10. PoonaG says:

    Pl. see the below case, and comment & advise about the claim
    1. 1st year premium rs. 10000/- had paid on 27/8/2012 of 2.5lac policy from LIC
    2. Second premium due date was 26/8/2013 without grace period
    3. Policy holder has expired on 30/8/2013 i/e during grace period
    4. No one in family had knowledge of such policy. but in Nov 2015 policy number has found written in a dairy.
    5. Then wife of policy holder contacted to concern LIC office.
    6. This office denied any possibility of acceptance on verbal request in Nov 2015
    7. No official letter or information has received from LIC till date.

    My query:
    1. Is it possible to get death claim amount rs. 2.5 lac in any circumstances ?
    2. Is it lapse of family member of policy holder if bond paper is lost and late information?
    3. What further steps can be taken to get claim amount or paid premium amount?

    1. 1. Yes

      2. Yes, but still the claim should be settled.

      3. Follow the article for that. You need to check with LIC on this

  11. Samuel says:

    Hi Manish,

    I took a new Jeevan Anand Policy (815) of Sum Assured : 4 Lac today.
    LIC guys explained me the policy as below. Could you please check and let me know if that is correct.

    Sum Assured: 4 Lac
    Term: 16 years
    Bonus: 294400
    FAB: 10000
    Return on Maturity Time = 704400/-
    1) If a policy holder dies (due to accidental or natural death) within the policy term (16 years) only “Sum Assured+Bonus Acquired as on date” will be paid to the nomiee.
    2) If a policy holder dies (due to accidental death) after policy period (after 16 years but below 70 age), “Sum Assured+5Lac Rupees” will be given to the nominee.
    3) If a policy holder dies (due to natural death) after policy period (after 16 years but below 70 age), “Only Sum Assured” will be given to the nominee.
    4) If a policy holder dies (due to accidental or natural death) after policy period (after 16 years but below 100 age), “Only Sum Assured” will be given to the nominee.
    My question is, why is Accident Insurance of 5 Lac not covered when the policy holder dies before the policy period (ie, 16 years).

    Email: samuelyohan@outlook.com

    1. Hi Samuel

      This is very specific query which you should follow up with the concerned authority only. We wont be able to comment on that


      1. pankaj says:

        Any rider attached to the policy will cease at the age 60 Yrs. of policy holder.

  12. rajesh k says:

    Hi Good Morning Sir/Madam ,my friend mother expired upon whom 1lakh rupees has been invested and her legal heirs had agreed inorder to take each 50% of the amount ,my friend took the amount where as his sibling(sister) didnt took the amount until now ? can we ask RTI & get information regarding this .please kindly give me rply .
    thanking you

    1. Hi rajesh k

      I suggest that you now take the RTI route. You can file the RTI and ask your queries to them. THey are bound to reply you on your queries.

      Its a bit long cut, but works well


  13. Alam Qadri says:

    I want to know about all kind terms of condition for the policyholders

    1. Hi Alam Qadri

      Please ask about a particular feature ! .. Do you want me to connect you to HDFC, so that you can clear all your doubts !


  14. Vijay says:

    Hi Manish,

    My question is related to ongoing policies whether Life Insurance (ULIP, Term or Endowment) or Health Insurance (Mediclaim or Fixed benefit). With reference to existing policies (which were taken lets say 2/3/5 or 10 years back) what all information should be shared from insured to Insurance companies and on what all events.

    For example: I have read at different platforms that if status of a person changes from Resident Indian to NRI, this should be informed to Insurance company

    Similarly what all other events should be reported so that there is no problem in case of claims. In case someone gets diagnosed with any disease (minor or major) or change in life style (smoker to non smoker or vice versa) or addition of new born baby to family or change in city etc.


    1. Nothing other than change of your residential status has to be reported.

  15. Jaydeep says:

    I wanted to know who can be a nominee in lic policy. Friends or any other person who has no blood relation with policy holder can be a nominee for LIC policy. Reply please.

  16. swapneel Kulkarni says:

    Dear Manish,

    I have registered premium payment thru Smart pay facility of Credit card. I have received the SMS from Credit card that the auto debit of premium will be done as per due date of Grace period.

    What are the implications of this?



    1. I think its not a very good idea .. also schedule your credit card payments before the due date and I would say before 4-5 days !

  17. vinay100 says:

    …Continued.. It was a life insurance policy and my mother was suffering from cancer and after her death company refused the policy stating that we didnt intimate the company about the disease and there was clause in the policy about this to intimate about the policy and that was written so small in italics and customer does overlook such things while taking the policy or if at all they read the policy also. and I also wondered that if the customer is having any health problem (major and deadly) they will be so busy in trying to cure that and the life insurance companies expect them to intimate that to them. Say if the customer does want to intimate them. Then they should provide some kind of form to the customer in the policy document so that the customer can remember it at the time of signing the form. But the insurance company does non and still they expect us to intimate them. Any comments are welcome…. on this

    1. Srinivas says:

      Insurance is a contract between two parties. If any of the contract clauses are violated, the contract can become void.

      The people at the company try their level best to find a reason why not to pay and they are being paid for that. In this thorough(sometimes unreasonable) scrutiny, genuine cases may face problem. One is to be ready for this. Hence one need to be well aware of the policy terms to avoid last minute unpleasentness.

      That said, the ombudsman system helps the customers provided they approach them. I used banking ombudsman and income tax ombudsman and I am satisfied with their service.

    2. Vinay

      You can always hire a consumer court lawyer for your help by paying the fees. Its allowed. The clarity should be surely there and you must have written down all the points which can come up and what answer will you give about it . Discuss those points with someone knowledgeable before going to them ..

  18. vinay100 says:

    Thank u manish… I would like you to check for us regarding Insurance Ombudsmen, like what steps the customer need to take care before approaching insurance Ombudsmen so that he can win the case if the customer is genuine. Because when a customer approaches insurance Ombudsmen they dont know how to talk or how to react to the situations as because a lawyer is not allowed on behalf of the customer and so it becomes tough for the customer to speak about the case and he get crossed by the judges or the counterparts. I myself faced this in an insurance case against a reputed company where i lost it though i was genuine as i was not able to explain them properly what was the situation. So if u can advise every one in this that will be great help. Now again i had to file it in state forum eventually i won the case in the state and now i am fighting it in national forum.

  19. Lakshmipathy says:

    Thanks for sharing it across

  20. vinay100 says:

    i have my story…here …bit long and may take some to read..
    my mother expired and she had a life insurance policy for a personal loan from SBI Life and the premium was deducted from SBI it was a group insurance policy. We never knew about this policy until we checked my mother’s pass book where the preimum was getting deducted annually. when we approached the insurance company they said that the policy was closed and hence dont need to pay the amount. we asked if they did advertise about this closer of the master policy in the newspaper under rti. I was surprised from their reply ” they replied that it was there on the notice board of the bank” so now i am filed the case against them. There was another big mistake from them. SBI was cutting the premium not on the due date or grace period but when ever they wished each year. so we checked all the bank statments and found that and now we have put a consumer case against them and we have won it in district and state forum now waiting to check if they will pay the money or will they go for national forum… so i ask every one to check ur premiums deducted each year if from the bank. promptly wheather it is a life or health insurance….

    1. Thanks for sharing that Vinay !

  21. vinay100 says:

    i would like to know what happens with the health insurance ..is it the same case or not ?

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  23. I have an experience of getting accidental death cover paid out to home loan customer for small premium he has paid for his home loan amout of 19 Lacs ..
    While drawing carrying cash from an ATM of Axis Bank , the customer , who was CFO of Top IT Company is Blore was carrying good amount of cash , who was followed by a robber , when he put up resistance, robber took out his knife and sliced his thigh , which lead to his death bleeding ..

    When we heard about sad death of our customer , we cared to look in to his cover which was accidental death cover ..we called Bajaj Alliance who had covered him for accidental death..They that was murder and hence was not covered ..When I felt that was an escape ..Got the definition of accidental death , by robbery and attack not intential /pre planned attack for gain from insurance by any related part /possble beneficiary . I stood my ground and said it was death , accidental by attempt of robbery and attack , hence maitainable as accidental death . We got the complete home loan outstandings of 19 lacs paid by the insurance company accepting our defence on claim. This made customer family suprised they did not how we could defend it as accidental death , got them claim.. This is least we would do for family who had lost their income earner with home loan liability .. Please share this with your audiance .. As it might help them be aware of their right of claim..under life /general accidental cover ..

    1. Thanks for sharing that incident !

    2. Bharani says:

      Did not know this. Not sure if same thing would’ve happened (insurer relenting) if individual pursued this. Anyway, great service, as value-added services like this makes good companies great!
      Wish all home loan companies acted in the best interests of the customer for all services!

  24. Lalit says:

    Just wondering why these insurance companies do not have ECS facility, i.e. automatic debit from account. Even the there is no ECS facility for LIC Eterm plan.

    1. Its all about how the company is using technology .. most of the other tem plan companies have it .. like HDFC , Aviva ..


  25. Bhagwan Murthy says:

    I remember there was a recent news item about a man who had died 31 days after the due date but the month in which the premium was due had only 30 days. LIC refused to pay the insurance to the widow. But a consumer court ordered LIC to pay the money because LIC’s clause said ‘one month grace period’ and not ’30 days grace period’ or ‘grace period equal to the number of days in the month in which the premium is due’. So ‘one month’ must be interpreted as ’31 days’ to give maximum benefit of doubt to the consumer (even if it happened to be February)!

    1. Yes, Thats true .. this is exactly what even IRDA says .. 30 or 31 days ..

  26. vishal navlani says:

    Hi Manish, Nandish

    I wanted to know more about family claim assistance service. Is your company providing such service. Can you please guide us to such a service provided by you any other company. So that in my absence there is someone to assist my family in all types of claim settlement. Be it Life insurance or Health insurance. Please drop me a mail if you have such kind of service.

    1. Yes we do that .. I emailed you on this .

  27. Sunand says:

    What happens if policyholder dies within grace period ?
    He goes straight to heaven 🙂

    Sorry, couldn’t resist 🙂

  28. Ritz says:

    Hi Manish

    Grace period is normally 15 days for monthly policies and 30 days for quarterly, half yearly and yearlt mode.

    1. Yes, I know that .. have changed the article ..

  29. S Saravanan says:

    Dear Mr Manish,

    “the unpaid premium”, “the premium that are due” is based on the Mode of Premium being paid.

    Say if its monthly mode and some one passes away in the 3rd Month of the Policy Year, then premium payment of balance 9 months will be deducted from claim settlement.

    The Premiums are to be construed as Advance One time payments. For our convenience, the different modes are available say Monthly, Qtly , Half yearly.

    So, its only unpaid premium in the POLICY YEAR and not the entire unpaid premiums in the balance Term of the policy.

    1. Yea .. I just check this ,. You are right . It was mistake from my side. I have corrected it in the article !

  30. Sanjay Gorhe says:

    I wish you check again.
    Form term insurance normally the grace period is 15DAYS!!
    In LIC for normal policies the risk cover is extended to 6months after 3years from starting date and 1Year after 5years from starting date!!

    1. Anand says:

      The grace period depends on your frequency of premium.

      For yearly premium, it is 30 days.
      For monthly payment, it is 15 days.

      This was when I checked last with HDFC Life. Not sure about others.

    2. Hi Sanjay

      Its 15 days only when the premium payment frequency is monthly . For yearly/half yearly/quarterly , its 30 days generally ..


  31. Anand says:

    I thought only one premium that was pending will be cut from sum assured.

    It is not clear from the wording (from the image) whether one premium will be cut or all the premiums will be cut.

    1. Its all the unpaid premium till date !

      1. KRANTI says:

        Unpaid Premium till date should be the latest one not paid…..here they have deducted ALL future premiums!!

    2. Hi Anand

      Just a correct, you were right . Its only the premium remaining for the year . so only current year premium will be deducted !

  32. Ramesh says:

    27*10K = 270K = 2.7 lac … not 27 lac… missing something?

    1. That was mistake on my part . I fixed it !

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