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New Features Enhance Continuum of Benefits Protecting Families Today and in the Future

NEW YORK, NY – August 1, 2011 – MetLife, the largest U.S. life insurer and a leading provider of employee benefits, today announced that it has enhanced the will preparation feature available on its Supplemental Term Life, Group Variable Universal Life (GVUL) and Group Universal Life (GUL) plans. This service now includes face-to-face legal services for the preparation of a living will and power of attorney for employees and their spouses. Both features are available immediately for new and existing customers, at no additional cost to the employer or employee.

“Life insurance is about protecting families and providing peace of mind, and we’re pleased to add new features to help provide these reassurances. We’ve made it easier for employers to help employees take steps now so that difficult situations later are mitigated. Having employees and their families more easily obtain a power of attorney and living will helps enhance the value of the group life benefits program for all stakeholders,” said Stephen Pontecorvo, vice president, Group Life, MetLife.

The new enhancements, provided through Hyatt Legal Plans, a MetLife company, give employees and their spouses access to:

  • Personal assistance, either by telephone or in-person, from a Hyatt Legal Plans’ participating attorney of their choice. (Participants also have the flexibility of using a non-network attorney and would be reimbursed for covered services according to a set fee schedule.)
  • Start to finish preparation of a simple or complex will, codicil, power of attorney and living will.

The power of attorney and living will features add even greater value to the “living benefits” MetLife makes available to plan participants. These features also complement MetLife’s Estate Resolution ServicesSM which allow the executor of the estate access to a Hyatt Legal Plans’ attorney and preparation of documents and representation at court proceedings necessary to execute the transfer of probate assets from the insured’s estate.

“Meeting in-person with an attorney to express your desires for your family’s future can provide additional peace of mind to many employees. Providing employees with the choice of in-person legal services for themselves, their spouses, their beneficiaries and estate representatives are all part of MetLife’s commitment to providing a continuum of financial protection services families can utilize today and in the future,” adds Pontecorvo.

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About Hyatt Legal Plans

Hyatt Legal Plans, a MetLife® subsidiary, is the largest provider of group legal plans in the country, serving two million plan members and dependents through a nationwide network of 5,500 law firms. For more information on Hyatt Legal Plans, please visit Group legal plans provided by Hyatt Legal Plans, Inc., Cleveland, OH. In certain states, plans are provided through insurance coverage underwritten by Metropolitan Property and Casualty Insurance Company and Affiliates, Warwick, RI.

About MetLife

MetLife is a subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 60 countries. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit


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