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Group 20-Year Level Term Plus Life Insurance

Underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company

Long-Term Protection at Competitive Rates

Are you concerned about how to help protect your financial future? Whether you are just starting out as a lawyer or well into your career, you have important assets to insure. The ABE-sponsored Group 20-Year Level Term Plus Life Insurance Plan offers $2 million of term life insurance protection for the longest term of guaranteed rates of any of the ABE-sponsored plans. It's time to begin protecting your financial future, and apply to lock in your economical group rate today.

To meet individual members' needs, we also have available the ABE-Sponsored Group 10-Year Level Term Life Insurance Plan and the 5-Year Banded Group Term Life Insurance Plan. This website contains information about all of our Term Life Insurance plans. For a brief overview of why the ABE-sponsored Level Term Plus Life Insurance Plans might be right for you and your family, click here for your free whitepaper.

Coverage For You

As long as you are an ABA member, you may choose to apply for any benefit amount from $100,000 to $2,000,000 in $10,000 increments. If you are under age 55 and reside in the United States (except Washington) or the U.S. Virgin Islands, you may apply for coverage. The total amount of coverage under all ABE Group Term Life Insurance Plans may not exceed $2,000,000.

Coverage For Your Family

Provided you are insured or applying for coverage under this plan, you may apply for any spouse benefit amount from $100,000 to $2,000,000 in $10,000 increments (minimum of $100,000). Spouse must be less than age 55, and spouse coverage cannot exceed 100% of your coverage. A Domestic Partner is defined as an eligible dependent. You can also insure all unmarried, dependent children from 6 months through 24 years of age for $5,000 each. In addition, a child may not be insured for more than one $5,000 benefit under all policies issued to New York Life Insurance Company to the American Bar Endowment. (If both you and your spouse are ABA/ABE members, you may both apply for separate member coverage, but you may not insure each other as a spouse on your coverage. Only one certificate can carry dependent children.)

If you die, your spouse and dependent children can continue coverage until the spouse remarries or attains age 75 (whichever comes earlier), provided the children remain eligible, premiums (based on the spouse's age) are paid when due and the group Plan remains in force.

Lock In Your Economical Group Rate For 20 Years

The ABE-sponsored Group 20-Year Level Term Plus Life Insurance Plan offers life insurance protection with premiums that are guaranteed for an initial 20-year period, and level amounts of insurance until termination at age 75. You have two renewal options after the 20-year term ends:

  1. You can reapply for a new 20-year term if you are under age 55 and still meet eligibility requirements. If your application is approved, your premium contributions will be based on your age, health, and smoking status at the time coverage becomes effective and will be guaranteed for the new 20-year term.
  2. You can continue your existing coverage until you reach age 75, but on a non-guaranteed rate basis, under which premium contributions increase as you age. Under this option, you are not required to reapply, and you are not subject to medical underwriting requirements. Coverage ends when you reach age 75.

Accelerated Death Benefit (Living Benefit)

To help your family cope with the financial hardship of a terminal illness, you can apply to receive 50% of your total life insurance in force if you are diagnosed by a physician as terminally ill with a life expectancy of 24 months or less. The request must be made at least 24 months prior to the scheduled termination age, and the amount of insurance payable after the insured's death will be reduced by this payment. This benefit can be paid only once, and will reduce your life insurance by such amount. Premiums are not reduced. (Receipt of these benefits may affect eligibility for public assistance programs and may be taxable. Before applying for these benefits, consult with the appropriate social service agency and a qualified tax advisor.)

The Accelerated Death Benefit is not available for residents of Massachusetts.

Volume Discounts Available

To make coverage even more affordable at higher benefit levels, increasing volume discounts apply to coverages of $100,000 to $249,000, $250,000 to $499,000, $500,000 to $999,000 and $1,000,000 and over. Premium will vary with the amount of benefits.

When Insurance Ends

You can't be singled out for cancellation. As long as you maintain your membership in the American Bar Association, make the required premium payments when due, and the Group 20-Year Level Term Life Insurance plan is not terminated by the ABE or New York Life, you may continue your ABE Group 20-Year Level Term Plus Life Insurance Plan until the May 31st on or next following your 75th birthday. Coverage for your dependents ceases upon the termination of your coverage, or when they no longer meet the eligibility requirements, whichever is earlier.

Conversion Provision

If you should drop your ABA/ABE membership, or your coverage terminates involuntarily, you have the right to convert your Group 20-Year Level Term Plus Life Insurance Plan to an individual policy—regardless of your health. Your Certificate of Insurance explains this privilege in detail. The right to convert does not apply if coverage terminates due to non-payment of premium.

Effective Date

Your Group 20-Year Level Term Life Insurance will go into effect on the first day of the month after your application is approved by New York Life, provided you pay your initial premium within 31 days after being billed and the proposed covered person is performing the normal activities of a person of like age on the effective date. Coverage for your dependents, if approved, goes into effect when your coverage does. If any person proposed for insurance is not performing the normal activities of a person of like age on the date insurance would have taken effect, that person's insurance will not take effect until the day such person is performing his/her normal activities as required, provided that the new effective date is within 3 months of the original date and the person is still eligible. Dependent coverage will not become effective prior to the effective date of the member's insurance.

Exclusions and Limitations:

After two years from the effective date, your coverage is incontestable, except for provisions related to eligibility and nonpayment of premium contributions. Benefits are payable for death from any cause except suicide during the first two years of the policy. Missouri residents: Benefits will not be paid for death resulting from suicide within the first 2 years if New York Life can show that suicide was intended at the time of application.

Our 30-Day Free Look

When you receive your Certificate(s) of Insurance, please read carefully. If you decide not to participate, simply return within 30 days without claim, and coverage will be invalidated. There is no other obligation.

These Materials Are a Summary

This page contains a brief description of some of the principal provisions and definitions of the proposed insurance coverage. The complete terms and conditions are set forth in the group policies issued by New York Life to the American Bar Endowment.

Important Notice: How New York Life Underwrites Your Request For Group Term Life Insurance

Information regarding insurability will be treated as confidential. In considering whether the persons in your request for insurance qualify for coverage, we will rely on the medical information you provide, and on the information you authorize us to obtain from your doctor, other medical practitioners and facilities, other insurance companies to which you have applied for insurance, and MIB Inc. (Medical Information Bureau). New York Life will not disclose such information to anyone except those you authorize or where required or permitted by law. We may make a brief report to MIB regarding your application; however, we will not disclose our underwriting decision. Information in our files may be seen by New York Life and ABE employees, but only on a "need to know" basis in considering your request. Upon receipt of all requested information, we will make a determination as to whether your request for insurance can be approved. MIB is a non-profit membership organization of life insurance companies which operates an information exchange on behalf of its members. When you apply for insurance or submit a claim for benefits to a MIB member company, medical or non-medical information may be given to the Bureau, which may then be furnished to member companies. If we cannot provide the coverage you requested, we will tell you why. If you feel our information is inaccurate, you will be given a chance to correct or complete the information in our files. Upon written request to New York Life or MIB, you will be provided with non-medical information. Generally, medical information will be given either directly to the proposed insured or to a medical professional designated by the proposed insured. Your request is handled in accordance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act procedures. MIB's information office is 50 Braintree Hill Park, Suite 400, Braintree, MA 02184-8734, 1-866-692-6901 (TTY 1-866-346-3642). For Canadian residents, the address is 330 University Avenue, Suite 403, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5G 1R7.

For NM residents: In addition, PROTECTED PERSONS1 have a right of access to certain CONFIDENTIAL ABUSE INFORMATION2 we maintain in our files and they may choose to receive such information directly. You have the right to register as a PROTECTED PERSON by sending a signed request to ABE at the address listed on the application. Please include your full name, date of birth, and address.

1PROTECTED PERSON means a victim of domestic abuse: who has notified us that he/she is or has been a victim of domestic abuse; and who is an insured person or prospective insured person.

2CONFIDENTIAL ABUSE INFORMATION means information about: acts of domestic abuse or abuse status; the work or home address or telephone number of a victim of domestic abuse; or the status of an applicant or insured as family member, employer or associate of a victim of domestic abuse or a person with whom the applicant or insured is known to have a direct, close, personal, family, or abuse related relationship.

If we can provide the coverage you requested, we will inform you as to when such coverage will be effective. Under no circumstances will coverage be effective prior to this date. Payment of a premium contribution with your Application does not mean there is any insurance in force before the effective date as determined by New York Life.
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Group 20-Year Level Term Plus Life Insurance Rates

Group Accidental Death & Dismemberment Rate

Assignment of Dividends

How Your Assignment of Dividends Works– your policy’s Unique Charitable giving Feature

Founded in 1942, the American Bar Endowment is a §501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization composed of members of the American Bar Association. ABE makes annual grants to the American Bar Foundation and ABA Fund for Justice and Education to fulfill ABE’s charitable purpose of improving the administration of justice, one of our profession’s highest obligations, by funding research, public service and educational projects in the field of law. ABE also maintains a Legal Legacy Fund for the permanent support of its grantees. By participating in the Endowment’s group insurance programs, designed for and available only to ABA members, members can contribute to these funding efforts. Attorneys who enroll in ABE-sponsored group insurance programs agree that their share of any dividends payable on the group policies may be retained by the Endowment for its charitable purposes unless reclaimed as outlined below. The Internal Revenue Service has ruled that members who leave their dividends with the Endowment are eligible for a charitable contribution deduction on their individual income tax returns.

Members who donate dividends to ABE make a difference. These funds, after administrative expenses, are the primary source of ABE’s charitable grants and additions to the Legal Legacy Fund. Insured members who donate their dividends are helping to meet their professional and public responsibilities, as well as obtaining valuable coverage for their families. About 85% of members donate their dividends, and these members are notified each year in late January of the amount, if any, of the dividend donation for the prior year. (Dividends are not guaranteed, and in any given year, a given plan may not pay a dividend; dividends will vary from year to year.)

Members who wish to request a refund of their dividends may do so. The approximate percentage of premium available for refund (if any) on each plan will be published in each November issue of the ABA Journal along with ABE’s Annual Report. You do not need to wait for this information as refund requests are accepted beginning January 1. To request that dividends be paid to you rather than donated to ABE: After the first policy year of your participation, a written request for refund (by mail, fax, or e-mail to dividends@abendowment.org) must be made each year and must reach the Endowment by December 15. When your refund request is received, a confirmation will be sent. Retain this for your records as proof your request was timely received. If your confirmation is not received within 3 weeks, contact the Endowment promptly to obtain another copy.

If you receive a contribution notice and you did not intend to make a contribution, you may request a one-time waiver of the December 15 deadline by asking for a refund, if you have not previously requested such a waiver. Each member is entitled to one and only one exception to the deadline requirement.

Please note: Members who do not want to contribute dividends to ABE are required to “opt out” each year, using the procedures above. When members sign the application, they are agreeing to make an annual decision whether to contribute. Do not sign the application if you do not agree with these procedures.

The Group 20-Year Level Term Life Insurance Plan and the Group Accidental Death & Dismemberment Plan are underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company, 51 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010 under, respectively, Group Policy G-29168-0 on Policy Form GMR-FACE/G-29168-0 and under Group Policy G-11461-0 on Policy Form GMR-FACE/G-11461-0. Domiciled and principal place of business in New York; NAIC identification number 66915.


We will be happy to answer your questions. Just call 1-800-621-8981 or e-mail us at information@abendowment.org

"I decided to purchase the ABE Sponsored Group 10-Year Level Term Plus Life Insurance plan in 2003. This protection gives me peace of mind knowing that my family will be able to continue its current lifestyle if I should die. I care about my family, and I know I made a wise choice to purchase ABE-sponsored insurance."

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- William Hubbard
ABA Member/ABE Director
ABE Insured since 2003

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