For purposes of calculating Death Benefit Option 2: Leveraged Earnings:
Death Benefit Option 2 will not apply upon the death of any surviving spouse who is attained age 85 or older on the Continuation Date;
the applicable percentage will be based on the attained age of the surviving spouse on the Continuation Date; and
“purchase payments” will be the sum of the death benefit amount calculated as of the Continuation Date plus any purchase payments made after the Continuation Date.
As a result of these modifications to the method of calculating Death Benefit Option 2: Leveraged Earnings, we will not take into consideration earnings accrued on or prior to the Continuation Date. In addition, the maximum earnings on which we calculate Death Benefit Option 2 will be based upon the sum of the death benefit amount calculated as of the Continuation Date plus any purchase payments made after the Continuation Date (adjusted for withdrawals).
We will not charge for the Death Benefit Option 2: Leveraged Earnings during the Continuation Period if your spouse is attained age 85 or older on the Continuation Date.
Systematic Withdrawal and Systematic Investment Programs
After we receive due proof of death or receive information about a death that we reasonably believe to be true, we will end any systematic withdrawal program and/or systematic investment program, unless
with respect to systematic withdrawals, the Designated Beneficiary is a Certificate Owner who requested us to begin the program and/or has been the sole or joint recipient of the payments, and
with respect to systematic investments, the decedent was a non-owner Annuitant.
If we end your systematic withdrawal program based on the above but have paid any systematic withdrawal(s) after death to a person other than the Designated Beneficiary, we will use reasonable efforts to have the recipient return the systematic withdrawal amount(s) so that it may be paid to the Designated Beneficiary or added to the Certificate Value if the Designated Beneficiary elects to continue the Certificate. If the recipient does not return the payment(s), we are not responsible to pay the Designated Beneficiary for those payments.
Payment of Death Benefit
Instead of receiving a lump sum, you or any Designated Beneficiary may direct us in writing to pay any surrender death benefit of $2,000 or more under an annuity payment option that meets the following:
the first payment to the Designated Beneficiary must be made no later than one year after the date of death;
payments must be made over the life of the Designated Beneficiary or over a period not extending beyond that person's life expectancy.
For example, Annuity Options A, B, and D can meet these criteria, provided that any guaranteed payments are not scheduled to continue past the Designated Beneficiary's life expectancy. If the Designated Beneficiary dies before all guaranteed payments have been made, the successor payee may not extend the period of time during which the remaining payments are to be made.
The Certificate Owner shall be the person designated in the application. You may exercise all the rights of the Certificate. Joint Certificate Owners are permitted. Contingent Certificate Owners are not permitted.
You may direct us in writing to change the Certificate Owner, primary beneficiary, contingent beneficiary or contingent annuitant. If the selection of a beneficiary or annuitant was designated "irrevocable", that selection may