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Can you cash in a life insurance policy that is paid up?

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2009-11-16 19:19:27
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If you have an old life insurance policy can you cash it in for cash value

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I would like to cash it in after change of ownership.

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I need to check on the State Capital Life Insurance paid up policy?


Life insurance death benefits are paid out tax-free as long as your premiums were paid with after-tax money. If you have a cash value life insurance policy and surrender the policy, you may be subject to a taxable gain if the total cash value exceeds the cost basis of the policy.


I have a term life insurance policy that was fully paid in 1980. This policy is through Security Life Insurance Company of Georgia. How do I cash this policy in? I am unable to find the company !


A life insurance policy may have cash value if it is a "whole life insurance policy". This is a kind of life insurance, distinguished from "term" life insurance, that accumulates cash value for the period that it is in force and premiums are paid. Each premium paid goes to pay the cost of "indemnity" (the death benefit), the administrative costs incurred by the insurer, with all or a portion of the remainder going into the cash value. The cash value element of the policy is SOMEWHAT like a savings account within the policy. It grows slowly at first but faster as the policy matures. When a sufficient amount of cash value has accumulated, policy loans from the cash value are usually allowed per the terms of the policy. The loans bear interest at a rate provided for by the policy. Term life insurance does not accumulate cash value.


"Insurance and Taxes. No. All proceeds or withdrawals from any insurance policy are not taxable." This is not true. If you cancel a life insurance policy, the growth on the cash value IS TAXABLE. If you do not surrender your policy, the money is taken as a loan and therefore not taxable, but interest that has to be paid back to the insurance company grows.


A paid up insurance policy is a life insurance policy under which all life insurance premiums have already been paid, with no further premium payments due on the policy.



The named beneficiary on the life insurance policy gets it. It is a contract and specifies who gets paid, usually it will be the spouse.


The paid up life would have it's extra cash value too, so if you cashed it in for the cash value, there would be no more paid up life either.


Of the various types of life insurance that exist, "term" life insurance is not permanent. This is because it remains in force only as long as premiums are paid. In contrast, "whole life insurance" is frequently also referred to as "permanent insurance" That is because it accumulates cash value, which is sort of a saving account built into the policy. Therefore, once cash value reached a certain amount, in theory, no further premiums have to be paid because the policy can be maintained based upon the cash value.


the limit of a loan against the policy is the amount of net cash value you have on the life insurance policy. Up to 75% of the paid up value of the life insurance policy, irrespective of the sum insured amount.


It depends on what policy it is. If it was a whole life policy for which all premiums were paid promptly as agreed in the policy document, then Yes, you can cash it in after the death of the policy holder. For any other type of insurance policy, I would assume the policy has expired or lapsed by now since we are nearly 25 years ahead from 1987. So, in that case you cannot cash in the policy.


Yes, Whole Life Insurance policies are designed to build cash value over time. The cash accumulated can then increase the death benefit, or can be borrowed as a loan against the policy, and re-paid back to the policy.


The cash value of any policy depends on its face value and the value of the policy at maturity when the policy has been maintained in force. The insurance company issuing the policy will be able to give you the answer you want.


Cash value insurance can be "whole life insurance" or "universal life insurance". There are few differences on how the funds are invested and if dividends can be paid that would increase the cash value, but both types of permanent life insurance can accumulate cash value. There is also a type of term insurance that has a "return of premium" feature that will return all premiums back at the end of the term. This type of term life policy is not actually accumulating cash value because you only get back the premiums you paid.


The benefits of purchasing cash value life insurance is to have money available in case of emergency. A cash value policy is like a bank account. You can withdraw the money paid in at anytime.


A life insurance policy lapses when you stop paying premiums, or if cash value depletes and no more premiums are being able to be paid from the cash value. Usually, there are 30 or 60 days of grace period before lapsing.


A taxable consequence may occur if the cash surrender value exceeds the cost basis (i.e. the premiums paid into the policy).



Term life insurance does not accumulate cash value as such; whole life insurance, in one of its various forms, does. A type of term insurance that does have the potential of returning money to the policyholder is return of premium (ROP) term insurance policy. With a ROP term policy, all premiums paid are returned to the policy owner at the end of the term selected (e.g. 15, 20, or 30 years). Cash value does not build in the customary sense, but depending upon the precise variety of the policy, something more than the actual premiums paid may be repaid.


If the policy was a term life insurance policy and presuming that you paid all premiums and the policy did not lapse for non-payment, it would be considered to be "fully paid-up". Therefore, upon the insured's death, the insurance company would be obliged to pay the face value of the policy. If the policy was a "whole life insurance policy", cash value would probably have accumulated so it may have more value ($2500 plus the accumulated cash value). A definitive answer cannot be given without reviewing the policy.




The owner can do anything he wants. Careful though, taking a loan or withdrawal from a cash value policy my jeopordize the well being of the policy.



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