What Does Having a Pre-Existing Condition Mean for Your Life Insurance?
It’s a common misconception that having a pre-existing condition means that you automatically do not qualify for life insurance. The good news is this is not always the case and armed with a good life insurance agent, many individuals with pre-existing conditions get approved for insurance. The path to being insured just may look a little different for someone with a medical condition.
The Value of Participating Life Insurance
Participating insurance can serve a variety of purposes for both individuals and businesses. For business owners, it may work well as a tax planning vehicle. For individuals, it may serves as a way to provide a modest inheritance to their loved ones after they are gone. Whatever the purpose of the policy, Participating insurance comes with a set of characteristics that offer great value to the policy owner.
Child Life Insurance Policies
Many people do not want to think about life insurance for their children, but it can have benefits that exceed simply paying out in the event of a child’s death. Buying life insurance for your child can provide them with important protection in their adult years in the event that they become uninsurable. Some policies can even operate as a savings vehicle, providing your child with significant amounts of equity if they were to need it.
Key Person Insurance
Thanks to their size, small businesses usually rely on a few key people to keep operations running smoothly. Whether it is a front-line supervisor that runs the crews, a senior leader for slightly larger business, or the founder and owner of a company, the absence of key people can really cripple short-term results which can potentially place long-term business viability at risk.
Key Person Insurance is a risk management tool that helps to cover the loss of a valued contributor due to death or disability.
Term vs Permanent Insurance
When it comes to life insurance, there are many options available – so many, in fact, that it can be an intimidating process to undertake. Many people are unsure about which option is best in terms of cost, coverage and meeting their goals. That said, insurance can be quickly and easily simplified by dividing it into two broad categories: permanent and term. Each of these insurance categories has multiple variations.
The video below is intended to provide clarity and relieve some of the anxiety associated with choosing the most appropriate insurance option for your situation. If you have questions about insurance options and what would best suit your needs and goals, please contact us – we’d be pleased to answer your questions!
Using Corporate Owned Life Insurance to Reduce Passive Income Taxation
Effective January 2019, new tax rules will come into effect that will have a dramatic impact on some small business owners. Starting in 2019, the Small Business Deduction Limit will be reduced by $5 for each $1 of passive income that exceeds $50,000 and will reach zero once $150,000 of passive income is earned in a year. This new tax rule may be leaving business owners wondering how they can redirect a portion of excess cash flow that would traditionally produce passive income, and subsequently some unfavorable tax consequences.
Corporate owned life insurance can offer a “two bird one stone” solution to business owners. If used appropriately, strategies such as these are a viable option for a private corporation with a substantial amount of excess income and a life insurance need. The information below provides an elementary overview of how life insurance can be used to defer tax and grow the corporation’s estate.
Using Joint-Last-to-Die Insurance to Protect Your Estate
Joint-Last-to-Die (JLTD) insurance is designed to protect the assets for the beneficiaries of an estate. A JLTD policy is issued on the lives of two people; typically spouses. The policy continues after the death of one spouse, and the benefit is paid on the death of the surviving spouse.
This type of insurance is an effective estate planning tool that provides protection for your estate as well as keeping premium costs lower than traditional insurance approaches.