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Life insurance is a unique asset used to accomplish any of the following:
- The creation of an estate where circumstances have kept the estate owner from accumulating sufficient assets to care for his loved ones in the event of a premature death.
- To protect a business value due to the loss of key employees.
- For debt reduction. Personal and business loans can be paid off with life insurance proceeds.
- To equalize inheritance. Most estates are made up of various illiquid assets and the liquidity nature of death benefit proceeds allows for equalization among children.
- Accelerated death benefit. Terminally ill individuals can receive a portion of their death benefit prior to death on an income tax free basis to pay for medical bills, and other expenses and/or to prevent dying destitute.
- To pay for death taxes and/or estate settlement costs. These costs can exceed 50% of the fair market value of an estate.
- Pay off a home mortgage.
- Fund a business transfer. Many businesses have multiple stockholders. Life insurance proceeds upon the death of one stockholder provide ready cash to finance the transaction.
- To replace charitable gifts. If large assets are gifted to charity there are fewer dollars that can pass as an inheritance. Life insurance can replace that lost inheritance.
- To supplement retirement funding. Certain life insurance products can supplement retirement funding by accumulating additional funds for retirement years.
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Originally published in 60035 Magazine for the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce, in 2010.
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