Life insurance policies can be very simple or extremely complex given the circumstances. Much of this is a function of the type of policy and how it is being used.
Life insurance owned by an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) can be the easiest and most efficient way to reduce estate taxes and preserve your wealth.
A Life Insurance Retirement Plan (or LIRP) is a tax-efficient way for individuals to save for retirement by providing income you can enjoy during your lifetime.
Life insurance premium financing is the process of borrowing money from a third-party lender to pay for large life insurance premiums.
A term life insurance conversion allows a policy owner to convert their existing term insurance to a permanent life insurance policy.
A life insurance 1035 Exchange is a tax-free transfer of policy values from a life insurance or annuity policy to a new policy. This allows policy owners to avoid taxation on policy gains from the old policy to the new policy. Section 1035 of the Internal Revenue...
Indexed Universal Life Insurance is one of the most complicated life insurance products in the marketplace.
This guide explores the different factors that can have a significant positive or negative impact on a policy’s performance.
A Split Dollar Life Insurance Plan is a sophisticated strategy that can help with the payment of life insurance premiums for executive benefits and estate planning purposes.
Split Dollar can be a great tool for a company looking to provide additional benefits to key employees, or for individuals interested in minimizing gift tax for estate planning purposes.
One of the most important parts of owning a life insurance policy is naming the beneficiary.
Properly naming the beneficiary of a life insurance policy can be a key decision to ensure the proceeds are distributed and used properly.
We have compiled a list of questions and answers to help provide additional guidance.
A buy-sell agreement funded with life and disability insurance protects the owners of a business due to the death, disability, or retirement of its owners.
Buy-sell agreements are designed to protect the interests of all owner’s dictating when an owner can sell their interest, who can buy it, and what price will be paid.
Life Insurance with Long-Term Care helps individuals reduce their financial exposure to a long-term care event, while paying a death benefit to beneficiaries.
The combination of life insurance with long-term care helps protect what’s most important: the quality of your life and your heirs.
There are certain inevitabilities in life. Like it or not, one of them is death. When our own mortality comes into question there are always challenges and questions we must confront.
The goal of every insured with a permanent life insurance policy should be to die with as little money in their policy as possible.
There are several reasons a business may want to transfer ownership of a business or corporate-owned life insurance policy.
Before changing the ownership it is important to know the policy’s fair market value, understand any tax issues that may exist upon transferring ownership, and the best way to distribute the policy.
Spousal Lifetime Access Trust(s) are ideal for married couples with a potential estate tax liability who want flexibility in their estate planning.
A Spousal Lifetime Access Trust allows one spouse to be a beneficiary of the trust, while the other spouse is the grantor of the trust.
A Spousal Lifetime Access Trust (SLAT) allows a client to make irrevocable transfers of assets.
Life insurance carriers current crediting and dividend rates on in force, permanent life insurance coverage continue to decline.
We are seeing a number of permanent policies fail to perform according to how they were originally illustrated.
It is important to have your permanent life insurance reviewed to avoid unforeseen consequences.
Low Interest Rates Causing Permanent Life Insurance (Universal and Whole Life) to Massively Under Perform
Crediting rates and dividend rates on permanent life insurance policies are at all-time lows and will likely continue to decrease.
The impact of these rates can be financially devastating for policy owners of permanent life insurance.
Reviewing your permanent life insurance coverage today can help you tomorrow.
A sale to an Intentionally Defective Grantor Trust (IDGT) in combination with life insurance allows high-net-worth families to accomplish different wealth transfer goals with flexibility.
Learn how these techniques can help families solve wealth transfer, estate, and philanthropic planning goals.
A Restricted Property Trust is used by successful business owners to reduce income taxes and grow assets.
The ability to make Before Tax Contributions, Defer Taxes on Growth, and Access Tax Advantaged Distributions makes the Restricted Property Trust an attractive alternative to other employer-sponsored plans.
Most insurance companies have announced their 2018 whole life insurance dividend rate and payout for the upcoming year.
This years announcement is trending with continued declines in declared dividend rates for most companies. Some companies have made it easy to learn what the dividend rate will be for the upcoming year. Others, prefer to hide the information or just not publish it at all.
How Your Permanent Life Insurance Policy Could Terminate Before You Die and What You Can Do to Stop It From Happening
Taking the time to complete a life insurance policy review can be critical.
Changes to policy dividend and crediting rates can have a significant impact on a policies performance.
Failure to do so can result in a policy lapsing before the insured dies.