What is an Annuity Contract Owner?

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

What are the rights of an annuity contract owner?

An annuity contract owner has a number of rights, which include the right to:

  • -Receive payments from the insurance company
  • -Change the terms of their contract
  • -Surrender their policy for a cash value
  • -Make changes to their beneficiaries

What are the responsibilities of an annuity contract owner?

In addition to the rights that come with being an annuity contract owner, there are also a number of responsibilities. It is important to be aware of these before signing an annuity contract. Some of the responsibilities of an annuity contract owner include:

  • Making all payments on time
  • Notifying the insurance company of any changes in their personal information
  • Keeping up with the terms of the contract

What are some things to consider before becoming an annuity contract owner?

There are a few things that you should consider before becoming an annuity owner. These include:

  • Your financial goals and needs
  • Your age and health
  • The type of annuity that you are interested in


If you are considering purchasing an annuity, be sure to research and understand all of the responsibilities and rights of being an annuity contract owner. This will help you make the best decision for your financial future. Thanks for reading! We hope this guide has been helpful.

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Who maintains the rights in an annuity?

In an annuity, the contract owner maintains the rights, including the right to choose the beneficiary, change the annuity’s investment options (if applicable), and make decisions regarding withdrawals, annuitization, or surrender of the policy. The annuitant, often the same as the owner, is the individual whose life expectancy is used to determine the payout amount and duration. Beneficiaries have rights to the death benefit if the annuitant passes away before the annuity is fully paid out.

Shawn Plummer

CEO, The Annuity Expert

Shawn Plummer is a licensed financial professional, insurance agent, and annuity broker with over 14 years of first-hand experience with annuities and insurance. Since beginning his journey in 2009, he has been pivotal in selling and educating about annuities and insurance products. Still, he has also played an instrumental role in training financial advisors for a prestigious Fortune Global 500 insurance company, Allianz. His insights and expertise have made him a sought-after voice in the industry, leading to features in renowned publications such as Time Magazine, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Yahoo! Finance, MSN, SmartAsset, The Simple Dollar, U.S. News and World Report, Women’s Health Magazine, and many more. Shawn’s driving ambition? To simplify retirement planning, he ensures his clients understand their choices and secure the best insurance coverage at unbeatable rates.

The Annuity Expert is an independent online insurance agency servicing consumers across the United States. The goal is to help you take the guesswork out of retirement planning and find the best insurance coverage at the cheapest rates

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