Can My Brother Be My Life Insurance Beneficiary

Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Who Can Be a Life Insurance Beneficiary?

Immediate Family Members

  • Brothers/Sisters: Commonly chosen as beneficiaries, especially in the absence of a spouse or children.
  • Parents: Often selected, particularly if they are financially dependent on you.
  • Children: Typically primary beneficiaries, ensuring their financial security.
  • Spouse: The most common beneficiary, ensuring financial support after your passing.


  • Friends: Can be named if they have a significant role in your life.
  • Charities: A way to leave a legacy or support a cause you care about.
  • Trusts: Useful for managing the distribution of benefits, especially for minor children or special needs dependents.

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Key Considerations

  • Legal Restrictions: Some states may have specific rules regarding beneficiary designations.
  • Minor Beneficiaries: If the beneficiary is a minor, consider setting up a trust or appointing a guardian.
  • Tax Implications: Understand potential tax consequences for the beneficiary.
  • Updating Beneficiaries: Regularly review and update your beneficiary designations to reflect life changes.


Naming your brother as your life insurance beneficiary is not only permissible but also a common practice. It’s important to consider the implications and ensure the beneficiary designation aligns with your overall estate planning goals.

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Shawn Plummer, CRPC

Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor

Shawn Plummer is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor, 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.

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