A life insurance trust is used to remove the assets and death benefit of the life insurance policy out of the insured's estate for estate tax purposes. If the insured were to remain the owner of the policy, the policy procedes would be estate taxable at the time of death. This is a non-issue if your assets are less the the allowable estate tax limits.
A life insurance trust is an irrevocable, non-amendable trust which is both the owner and beneficiary of one or more life insurance policies. Upon the death of the insured, the trustee invests the insurance proceeds and administers the trust for one or more beneficiaries. (Moved from discussion comments below)
A life insurance policy is an excellent way to fund a trust. Any way of placing necessary funds into the trust are acceptable. If you have cash and wish to fund it with cash this is fine. Life insurance is a good way to fund a trust because you can pay premiums and be assured that the money will be there when you die to fund a trust that you want to set up for someone.
Direct life insurance is offered through several mediums - commericals with a phone number to call, through the mail, and on the internet. There are several life insurance companies that provide direct life insurance through any one or all of the mediums listed above. Some direct life insurance writers include the following: RBC Insurance, HSBC Insurance, Liberty Life Insurance, Garden State Life, Colonial Penn, Gerber Life, Stonebridge Life Insurance and Guaranty Trust Life Insurance.
In order to receive life insurance death benefit money, you must be named as a beneficiary in the life insurance policy with some exceptions. Some exceptions to this may be: All the named beneficiaries are not living. In this case, the life insurance benefit would become part of the estate and be paid out according to the will or trust. If the life insurance was payable to a Trust, then the Trust determines who receives the proceeds. If the insured party dies and there are no beneficiaries alive and there is no will or trust, then the state probate court would determine who gets the proceeds. Feel free to ask more. Brian Lombardo, CPA, Agent
In order to find a trust with life insurance proceeds the trust must be named as the beneficiary of the insurance policy. Then the trust documents specify what the funds are used for that are in the trust. If there are other life insurance policies that are still active and have other individuals named as the beneficiaries then the money from those policies cannot be placed into the trust and will be paid directly to the current beneficiary listed with the insurance company. The trust will have no claim whatsoever on these policies. It could be that these policies had their beneficiary changed when the trust was set up and the trust is the current beneficiary of them as well and he just didn't put the change form in the policy. Whatever is on record with the insurance company will be the person that the benefits are paid to no matter what.
Not at all as long as you get to the "right" life insurance company. There are a number of life insurance companies that specialize in depression life insurance, bipolar life insurance, anxiety life insurance. The key is to work with an impaired risk life insurance expert who can direct you to the correct company based on your specific circumstances.
The grantors of an irrevocable trust can take out life insurance on themselves and put it (term or whole life insurance) in the trust in order to pay the estate taxes on their estate assets when they die. This allows the grantor (giver of assets) to leave his estate assets to his children or someone else (beneficiaries) without them having to pay estate tax, or death tax as some call it.
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