Instructions for Completing the Beneficiary Designation Form
Not for Life Insurance Benefits
Use of form
• Plan provisions: To designate a beneficiary(ies), or if you divorce after naming your spouse as beneficiary, or if you want to revoke a prior bene-
ficiary designation, please complete this form according to the instructions. If there is no valid beneficiary designation at your death, the plan
will determine your beneficiary.
• Life insurance benefits: Do not use this form to designate the beneficiary of life insurance benefits. Please contact GuideStone to obtain the
applicable life insurance beneficiary designation form.
General instructions for completing the form
• This form must be typed or completed in ink. If you make any changes to your written information, you must initial the changes. Corrections of
a beneficiary’s name in Section 3 or Section 4 will void this form. Your form will be returned if it is incomplete, is completed in pencil or contains
changes which are not initialed.
• Spousal consent: Most retirement plans require notarized spousal consent to name someone other than or in addition to your spouse as pri-
mary beneficiary. If you participate in multiple plans and any plan requires spousal consent as described in the previous sentence, you must
obtain notarized spousal consent. If you marry after making a beneficiary designation, your prior beneficiary designation may no longer be
valid and your new spouse may automatically be your sole primary beneficiary.
Additional beneficiaries: If you need additional space for designating beneficiaries, write “See Attached” in space for beneficiary designation
and attach a separate page titled “Attachment to Beneficiary Designation Form.”
Copy: Please retain a copy of your completed form for your files.
Effective date: A beneficiary designation is effective only when the completed form is filed with GuideStone. GuideStone shall consider a form
as “filed” if a completed form is received by GuideStone during the participant’s lifetime.
Return completed form to: Retirement Operations, GuideStone Financial Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention, 2401 Cedar Springs
Road, Dallas, TX 75201-1498
Instructions for completing each section of the form
Section 1 — Participant information:
List the full legal name of participant and spouse (if applicable) and other information as indicated.
Important: If your marital status has changed and/or information you previously provided to GuideStone is no longer correct, please attach copies
of the appropriate document(s) to verify the change (i.e., marriage certificate, death certificate, divorce decree).
Section 2 — Applicable plans: Check the box beside all retirement plans or specify the plan or benefit affected by this beneficiary designation. Do
not check more than one box.
• If you want this beneficiary designation to apply to all retirement plans and benefits, check the first box only.
• If you want this beneficiary designation to apply only to a specific plan or account, check the second box and indicate the name of the
• If you wish to designate beneficiaries for a specific benefit payment, check the third box and specify the applicable payments. If you change
your beneficiary designation for a specific plan or benefit, your prior designation will apply to other plans or benefits not affected by the desig-
nation on this form. If you need another Beneficiary Designation Form, please contact GuideStone.
Section 3 — Primary beneficiary(ies): List for each primary beneficiary the name, birth date, Social Security number, and percent designated (to
total 100%) if not equal shares. Secondary beneficiary(ies) are designated in Section 4. Generally, if no primary beneficiary named is living at your
death, benefits will be paid to the secondary beneficiary(ies).
Note: In some cases, certain plan benefits are paid to persons specified by provisions of the plan rather than according to your beneficiary designation.
Minors: GuideStone cannot pay a death benefit directly to a minor. If you designate a minor as beneficiary, generally a probate court would have
to appoint a guardian to receive and administer the death benefits for the minor. Do not write the name of a guardian on this form. You may
prefer to provide for a minor by naming a trust established in your will (a “testamentary trust”) as your beneficiary.
Trusts: Use of a trust as a beneficiary may have some unexpected consequences at your death. Unless your trust meets certain qualifications, your
trust will not be considered a designated beneficiary for purposes of required minimum distributions. This means that payment options available to
your trust may be limited. The person creating your trust should be able to provide you with information concerning whether your trust meets the
qualifications to be considered a designated beneficiary for required minimum distributions.
Employer or non-profit organizations: A participant may designate a current or former employer as beneficiary but must designate a specific fund
of the employer, such as an endowment or building fund. A participant may designate a non-profit organization as beneficiary. You must provide
the full legal name and address of the employer or non-profit organization.
Estate: A participant may designate the participant’s estate as beneficiary. The wording for designating a participant’s estate is “my estate” or “the
estate of (participant’s name).”