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Your Questions Answered

We've collected the most frequently asked questions on this page for easy reference. If your question isn't answered here, please contact us or call 1-800-464-4642.

How do I become a member of FCSLA?

Your purchase of a life insurance or annuity certificate automatically enrolls you as a member of the First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association (FCSLA). Applicants are subject to the standard underwriting procedures of FCSLA. We will be happy to send you plan and rate information if you contact us directly with your name, address, and the date of birth and gender of each potential applicant. You may also get a quote via our online Cost Quote Generator.

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What are the membership requirements?

Any person who is of Slav descent and Catholic of whatever rite living in the United States or Canada is eligible. Also, a person of any other creed who is married to a Catholic of Slav descent or anyone in the family of an existing member is eligible for membership.

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Do you have to be a woman to purchase an FCSLA certificate?

Absolutely not! We gladly welcome new members who are men, women or children.

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How do I change my Beneficiary?

To change the beneficiary, the certificate owner may call us or send us a letter, fax or e-mail requesting a change of beneficiary form (56K PDF). Be sure to include the insured's name, certificate number, owner's name, and owner's address. You may also print an Election of Change of Beneficiary form.

The Election of Change of Beneficiary form should be completed and signed by the certificate owner. If the beneficiary is the same on all certificates, you may use one form and list all certificate numbers. Otherwise, complete a separate request for each certificate.

The primary beneficiary must be someone other than the insured. Always state the beneficiary's relationship to the insured.

Please include the shares to each beneficiary. A share is the fraction or percentage of the certificate's proceeds that each beneficiary will receive. Unless otherwise requested, if two or more persons are named beneficiaries, proceeds shall be paid in equal shares to the beneficiaries or to such as survive.

When naming a trust as beneficiary, please include a copy of the page that names the trust and a copy of the last page with the signatures.

We recommend naming one or more contingent beneficiaries. The contingent beneficiary receives the proceeds if the primary beneficiary predeceases our insured.

The Change of Beneficiary form must be signed by a witness who cannot be a Beneficiary.

Mail the completed Change of Beneficiary form to the Home Office:

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association
24950 Chagrin Blvd
Beachwood, OH 44122
FAX: 216-464-9260

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How do I file a Death Claim?

Contact the Home Office by telephone ~ the Home Office requires the name of the insured person, his/her insurance certificate number and date of birth. Also include the name, address and phone number of the person handling the death claim. The same information is necessary when e-mailing us via the contact us page. You may print the two-page Death Claim form (57K PDF) here.

One completed claim form is sufficient regardless of the number of insurance certificates. A CERTIFIED Death Certificate must accompany the form.

Beneficiaries: List complete mailing information for each beneficiary listed on the insurance certificate. If any listed beneficiary is deceased, you must include a photocopy of their death certificate in order for any remaining designated beneficiaries to be paid. If none of the listed beneficiaries is living, please contact our claims department for guidance as to how to complete the claim.

Insurance Certificate: The original FCSLA certificate (policy) must be mailed to the Home Office. In the event the original certificate cannot be located, the family representative/contact person must complete the Statement of Lost Certificate section on the back of the Death Claim Report. The form must be witnessed but does not need to be notarized.

Mail the completed Death Claim Form, insurance certificate(s), certified death certificate and any other required documents to the Home Office:

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association
Attn: Claims Dept.
24950 Chagrin Blvd
Beachwood, OH 44122
FAX: 216-464-9260

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How do I notify you that my name has changed?

To change your last name on your certificate due to marriage or divorce, the certificate owner may request an Address/Name Change Form (55K PDF). You can also send us a letter or fax. Be sure to include the insured's original name, insured's new name, certificate number, owner's name, and owner's address. You may also print an Address/Name Change Form here.

You should complete and sign the form and return it to the Home Office. It is not necessary to return your original certificate.

If you are changing the name on a child's certificate, we require a copy of the court order or adoption papers showing this change.

Mail the form and any documents to the Home Office:

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association
Attn: Name/Address Changes
24950 Chagrin Blvd
Beachwood, OH 44122
FAX: 216-464-9260

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How do I notify you that my address has changed?

The certificate owner should send the Home Office a letter or fax. Be sure to include the insured's name, new address, certificate number, owner's name, and owner's address. You may also print an Address/Name Change Form (55K PDF) here or use the form on the back of your Fraternally Yours magazine.

You should complete and sign the form and return it to the Home Office. It is not necessary to return your original certificate.

We will update our records as soon as possible. The change affects not only your account but also the Fraternally Yours magazine.

Mail the completed form to the Home Office:

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association
Attn: Name/Address Change
24950 Chagrin Blvd
Beachwood, OH 44122
FAX: 216-464-9260

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What if I lose my Certificate (Policy)?

If you lose your certificate, the certificate owner should send the Home Office a letter, fax or contact us and request a Lost Certificate Form. Be sure to include the insured's name, certificate number, owner's name, and owner's address.

You should complete and sign the form and return it to the Home Office. We will then send to the certificate owner a Statement of Insurance. This will replace the certificate that was lost.

Mail the completed form to the Home Office:

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association
Attn: Lost Certificate
24950 Chagrin Blvd
Beachwood, OH 44122
FAX: 216-464-9260

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I no longer smoke. How can I get my classification changed?

To change the classification from smoker to non-smoker, an individual must: (1) be a non-smoker and be free from patches for one year; (2) obtain a letter from his physician as to how long he as been a non-smoker; and (3) provide a copy of a urinalysis with nicotine screen performed by his physician.

The necessary documents should be mailed to:

First Catholic Slovak Ladies Association
Attn: Billing Dept
24950 Chagrin Blvd
Beachwood, OH 44122

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What are the Scholarship eligibility requirements?

An eligible candidate shall be a current member of FCSLA and have a certificate in his/her own name. You must be a member for at least three years prior to date of scholarship application and hold at least one: $1,000 permanent certificate; a $5,000 term certificate; or have a minimum $100 annuity certificate. Scholarship applications are available online.

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I was a member of the former Catholic Workman. Am I eligible to apply for a scholarship?

Yes. If you were a member of the former Catholic Workman on 10/31/2004 your membership was transferred to FCSLA at that time. As a member of FCSLA for at least three years, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship. See the full list of eligibility requirements on the Scholarship page. Scholarship applications are also available online.

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