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What is Survivor Life Insurance?

Posted on August 26, 2010 at 9:11 AM

Survivorship Life Insurance


 Survivorship Life Insurance, also known as Joint and Survivor Insurance or second to die life insurance, are insurance policies that insure the lives of two people, typically a husband and a wife.

It is ideal to protect assets and to help pay debt like Reverse Mortgages. 

Many Famlies have these types of policies and they are not right  type of coverage for Funeral Expenese because the death benefit is not paid to the beneficiary until the death of the second insured. These survivorship life insurance policies are generally available as either whole or universal life policies, and second to die life insurance often provides more affordable life insurance than two separate policies. 


The reason a survivorship life insurance policy doesn't pay until the second person dies is that it is designed to pay or assist paying for estate taxes. Estate taxes can be delayed until both spouses die thus the design of these special insurance policies.

 

Joint Survivorship life insurance policies are effective tools often used by wealthy individuals in estate planning. By removing the proceeds of a life insurance policy through the use of gifting and placing policies in third party ownership such as a trust or in the name of children, a joint and survivor policy can be used to pay for estate taxes. Careful planning by your tax and legal counsel, coupled with a properly structured second to die life insurance policy, can help you preserve your net worth for your heirs.


Insurance for Special Needs Children

 Many times, Parents and grand parents request survivorship life insurance to make sure funds are available for a child with special needs for their care and financial security after the death of both parents. It is also important if you use this planning methodology to get individual life insurance to insure each parent’s income as well.

 

Understanding Second to Die Policies

 Survivorship insurance can be a "discounted dollars" strategy. What that means is that one can use this policy to pay pennies on the dollar now in order to have 100 cent dollars when they're needed to help pay estate taxes. This is a good analogy for any permanent life policy. For example, if you deposited $10,000 per year in a survivorship life insurance policy for $1,000,000 of insurance you are in effect paying 1% a year for 100% later. If the premium is guaranteed and you and your spouse live for 30 years, you would have paid in 30 cents for every dollar. What makes this even more interesting as a strategy is that if you set it up with third party ownership in an insurance trust (or with children as owners) the $1,000,000 could be set up to be both income tax free and not subject to estate taxes. Your attorney can assist you with the trust and ownership part of the strategy.


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