Life Settlement

You know your “Cash Surrender Value (CSV)”. If you are a senior there may be a much higher value and just like your CSV, you should know your life settlement value (LSV).

“200 Billion of life insurance will be lapse or surrendered each year that could have been a life settlement”, per Conning & Co.

What Is a Life Settlement?

A life settlement is the sale of an existing insurance policy to a third party for a cash payment and/or a portion of the death benefit. Payment is more than the surrender value, but less than the actual death benefit. After the sale, the purchaser becomes the policy’s owner and at least partial beneficiary, assuming responsibility for 100% of its premium payments.

Why would someone consider a life settlement?

How does a life settlement work?

Types of Life Settlements

Traditional Life Settlement

In a Traditional life settlement, a licensed life settlement provider (buyer) pays the policy owner (seller) a cash settlement amount above the surrender value. The premiums will be paid by the buyer for the remainder of the insured’s life. The seller receives an agreed upon cash sum when the settlement is complete.

Retained Death Benefit

With this option, the seller keeps a portion of the policy and is named as an irrevocable beneficiary on the policy and will receive a guaranteed percentage of the death benefit when the policy pays out. The amount is usually much more than traditional Life Settlements. The original owner will no longer be required to pay the premiums but will receive a portion of the death benefit. RDB is not available in all states.

Hybrid Life Settlement

A hybrid settlement is a combination of both a traditional and retained death benefit settlement. It provides much needed cash without giving up the entirety of a policy. Clients often take advantage of this option to supplement their retirement while still protecting their family financially.
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