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What is a Nominee and why is it important to have a nominee?

A nominee is a person who receives the benefit of the account with which he is nominated to after the death of the account holder. Nomination allows an account holder to appoint an individual who will receive the benefits of the account after the demise of the investor. It is always a good practice to make a nominee where you express your chosen one for your resources. Your resources could be bank account, insurance, mutual funds, etc. 


Nomination ensures that your funds reach the right place i.e., your legal heir. 


If the nominee is not mentioned, money legally should go to the legal heirs of the account holder. This may sound simple on paper but this is a lengthy process in reality. You will need a lot of documents, including death and succession certificates and many times, a court order  could be required.


For example, if you have a bank account and you have assigned a nominee, then in case of death, your nominee has the right to receive your money. The bank will simply transfer the funds to the nominee's account with very limited legal paperwork.

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