I have lost track of how many times I have brought the concept of a life settlement to the attention of advisors and policy owners. With so many poorly performing policies on the books that clients are bailing on as well as the changes in tax law that causes people to re-think their insurance coverage, policy terminations aren’t uncommon. While the target opportunity may not be wide, when it works, the results can be astounding. Recently a non-profit brought me a $1,000,000 policy on the life of a donor. The policy was out of cash value and the non-profit was paying monthly mortality charges. We ended up netting the charity over half a million dollars.Even term policies can have a market at times. Corporate key man and buy-sell term policies may have a significant value in the secondary market
Life insurance life settlements provide a unique opportunity for policyholders to cash out their life insurance policies for more than the surrender value, but less than the death benefit. The process works by having an investor purchase the policy from the original owner, taking over any future premium payments and receiving the death benefit when the insured passes away. The individual selling the policy typically receives more money than they would have received if they had surrendered it directly to their insurer.
When considering a life settlement, it is important to work with a reputable company that can ensure you receive market-value pricing on your policy and assist you in navigating the transaction process. It is also important to understand if there are any tax implications associated with selling your life insurance policy. Before making a decision, it is important to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks of selling a life insurance policy for cash.
In addition to providing financial relief to individuals who no longer need or want their life insurance policies, life settlements can often provide beneficiaries with a larger death benefit than they would have received if the original owner had kept the policy in force. This can be especially beneficial if family members are named as beneficiaries on the policy.
Ultimately, life settlements provide policyholders with an opportunity to receive more money from their life insurance policies than they would through traditional means. They also allow investors to purchase policies at discounted prices and receive the death benefit when the insured person passes away. For many individuals looking to get rid of their policies or take advantage of a larger death benefit, life settlements can be an attractive option.
> Note: This content is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as legal or financial advice. Always consult a licensed financial advisor before making any decisions regarding your life insurance policy.