A “Life Settlement” allows you to sell a life insurance policy for a lump sum payment to the owner of a life insurance policy by one of many funding sources in exchange for full ownership of the policy.
It is the sale of a life insurance policy from one party to another party. The purchasing party is an institutional investor such as a bank or pension fund willing to purchase the policy and in return is named the beneficiary and is responsible for future premiums.
The policy is sold for more than the cash value offered by the insurance company and less than the actual death benefit. If you are age 70 or above, you may be surprised to learn that your life insurance policy may be worth much more than you think.
For younger people facing terminal illness, a viatical settlement or life insurance loan may be an option.
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What Policies Qualify For A Life Settlement?
Most life insurance policies qualify including: universal, whole life, key man, group, and term (convertible to permanent).
Some polices such as universal policies are more attractive than others but all policies are worth evaluating.
The Life Settlement Option
Life settlements represent one of the most important financial innovations of the past 30 years. By recognizing the fundamental right of policy owners to assign their policies, life settlements have created a more competitive life insurance market where consumers enjoy new options and greater value every day.
Who Qualifies For A Life Settlement?
A good candidate for selling a life insurance policy:
- Generally, anyone 70 years old or younger if there is a health impairment
- Face value or death benefit of the policy exceeds $100,000
- Owned the policy for 2 years or more
A basic principle that sets the cash value is that the older the age of the insured and/or the more health complications that exist, the higher the settlement amount.
What Are The Steps In The Life Settlement Process?
- Collect supporting documents
- Review policy offers
- Sell policy
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WHY DO PEOPLE SELL THEIR LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES?
- Circumstances have changed and the policy is no longer necessary or may no longer be affordable
- Pay medical expenses, assisted living, or long term care.
- Create a more comfortable retirement
- Pay off a debt or invest the proceeds
- Eliminate increasing premium payments for an unneeded policy
- Fund a grandkids college
- Make a philanthropic donation to your favorite charity
As a policy owner you really have 3 options relative to your policy.
- Keep the policy enforce, continue paying premium and maintain the death benefit.
- Surrender or allow your policy to lapse. The insurance carrier will pay you the cash surrender value, if any.
- Sell your policy through a life settlement and potentially receive substantially more
The secondary market for life settlements has changed the way we think about life insurance, financial planning, and maximizing our cash value. Life settlements are becoming an essential part of many seniors’ retirement and financial planning.
Joe’s Story In Brief
- $305,500 life insurance policy
- Cash surrender value $1,000
- $10,920 annual premium
- Final life settlement price of $75,000
A 70-year-old male with significant health issues had a $305,500 life insurance policy with Jackson National Life Insurance Company. The cash surrender value was only $1,000.
The Problem or Challenge
Huge Premium Increases
Joe was facing a huge increase in his annual premium obligation. His current annual insurance premium of $3,200 was being increased to $10,920 annually beginning the next year; a huge increase for an individual living on a fixed income.
Joe received a final purchase price of $75,000.
Lee’s Story In Brief
- $750,000 life insurance policy
- Cash Surrender Value $3,800
- Annual Premiums $22,500
- Final settlement amount $175,000
Lee is an 84-year-old male with a $750,000 universal life insurance policy that has a cash surrender value of $3,800 and annual premiums of $22,500.
The Problem or Challenge
Increasing Costs, Policy No Longer Needed
Lee was dealing with significantly higher medical and other costs to pay for retirement. While he had other assets, such as his house, his life circumstances had changed and he didn’t need the life insurance policy any more. His wife had recently passed away and his kids were grown and doing fine.
Lee elected to receive a free no obligation valuation of his life insurance policy and sold his policy for $175,000.
Christa’s Story In Brief
- $100,000 policy
- Cash Surrender Value $0
- Annual Premiums $2,500
- Final settlement amount $40,000
A 62 year old female had a $100,000 life insurance policy with no cash value and annual premiums of $2,500.
The Problem or Challenge
Life Threatening Illness
Christa had an aggressive form of cancer and needed money now to pay for the cancer treatments. The cancer treatments were expensive and Christa did not have available resources to pay for the portion not covered by insurance.
Christa’s policy had no cash value so she decided to get a free no obligation appraisal of her life insurance policy on the secondary market. She received several proposals and accepted an offer for $40,000.
Take The Next Step Today
To find out if you qualify for a life settlement,
please complete our brief 5 minute questionnaire.