(1) A finding of death in a formal testacy proceeding under this code shall be fully effective as to rights under insurance, annuity, and endowment contracts dependent upon the life of an absentee, and the receipts of beneficiaries for payments made under any such contracts shall be a release to the contract issuer of all claims under such contracts.
(2) If, in any proceeding under this code, the absentee is not found to be deceased and any policy of insurance or any annuity or endowment contract owned by the absentee provides for a surrender value, the conservator, acting for the insured, with court approval and a finding of necessity, may demand the payment of surrender value to the estate of the absentee. The receipt of the conservator for such payment shall be a release to the contract issuer of all claims under the contract.
(3) Notwithstanding the provisions in any annuity or endowment contract or policy of life or accident insurance or in the charter or bylaws of any mutual or fraternal insurance association hereafter executed or adopted, the provisions of this section shall govern the effect to be given to evidence of absence or of death.
(4) When any annuity or endowment contract, any policy of life or accident insurance, or the charter or bylaws of any mutual or fraternal insurance association hereafter executed or adopted contains a provision requiring a beneficiary to bring suit upon a claim of death within a stated period after the death of the insured and the fact of the absence of the insured is relied upon by the beneficiary as evidence of the death, the action may be begun, notwithstanding such provision in the contract, policy, charter, or bylaws, at any time within the statutory period of limitation for actions on contracts in writing dating from the date of death of the absentee, as determined in a formal testacy proceeding under this code.
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