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What is commercial life insurance?


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July 19, 2011 7:37PM

There are many reasons to use life insurance in a business situation. Say you have two people in a partnership and you agree that if one person dies the other will buy out the family of the deceased. Where will you get the money to buy out the family. Life insurance is often the funding source for many such agreements. This example is called a Buy-Sell Agreement. These are funded by life insurance on each partner in a set amount per their agreement. It serves both parties as the survivor gets the business and isn't all of a sudden without a partner and stuck with inexperienced family members who own half the business. The family of the deceased are paid in full by the insurance proceeds without having to negotiate a price for a business at a bad time. Another type of business life insurance is "Key Man Insurance" where a business would suffer financially if an important employee died. The life insurance would pay the business and give them money to overcome the loss as well as to recruit and train a new employee for the important position. There are many other type of business life insurance. For full disclosure, I own and operate a small Independent Insurance Agency in Georgia and have for the past 22 years. I also worked for a direct writer for the 3 years before that.