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Unclaimed Life Insurance Policy Benefits Search - Demutualization Claims

Mutual of New York - MONY

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Demutualization is the process of converting a mutual life insurance company, which is owned by its policyholders, into a publicly traded stock company owned by shareholders, pursuant to a plan of conversion approved by policyholders and government regulators.

Mutual life policyholders (and heirs) continue to be entitled to receive whatever policy benefits may be due, but in addition receive stock, cash and/or policy credits in exchange for their ownership interest in the old mutual insurance company.

The amount paid to each policyholder is based on a number of factors, including length of time the policy has been in force, face value of the policy, and total premiums paid. For many policyholders, the windfall arising from demutualization can be substantial. Shares may be sold at any time, without affecting policy benefits.

On November 16, 1998, the Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York successfully completed its conversion from a mutual life insurance company to a shareholder-owned company, MONY Group Inc.

Eligible policyholders were entitled to receive 34 million shares of stock and $37 million in cash and policy credits, represented by a fixed component of 7 MONY Group Inc. common shares, and a variable component based on policy value. Cash compensation was $23.50 per share entitlement. In the first year after the initial public offering price, the price of a MONY Group common share increased 27%.

On July 8, 2004, MONY Group became a wholly owned subsidiary of AXA Financial. In 1999, AXA acquired the Equitable Companies, the corporate entity resulting from the 1992 demutualization of the Equitable Life Assurance Society. All issued and outstanding shares of The MONY Group, including those issued in connection with the demutualization, were cancelled in exchange for the right to receive the merger consideration of $31.00 in cash plus a final dividend of $0.34755 in cash.

Several million missing policyholders and heirs aren't aware they are entitled to receive demutualization compensation. Contact efforts were unsuccessful, due to name changes after marriage or divorce, unreported changes of address , expired postal forwarding orders and non-current beneficiary information.

And a recent government audit found 21 major life insurance companies failed to pay death benefits to beneficiaries even in cases where they knew the policy holder was deceased. {Life Insurance Settlement Claims}

By law, unclaimed demutualization compensation is remitted to the custody of a government trust account until claimants come forward.

Current and former policyholders and their heirs - the majority of whom are unaware they're entitled to unclaimed stock and/or cash - should initiate a database search.

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