Survivorship life insurance policies can help estate planning by providing funds to help pay taxes. It can also be used for charitable donations, supporting children with special needs, and to provide a financial cushion for beneficiaries.
Survivorship life insurance policies are different from traditional whole, term, and variable policies. This article examines the components of survivorship life insurance, including how it impacts estate planning for all those involved.
Survivorship life insurance is a type of permanent life insurance that covers two people under one policy. The two individuals are usually married. This type of policy includes the death benefit and a cash value component. It is sometimes referred to as second-to-die insurance or dual-life insurance.
A survivorship policy is in place until both policyholders pass away, so long as premium payments are made on time. This type of insurance is usually cheaper than getting individual permanent life insurance policies for each person.
Survivorship life insurance can help with many financial aspects. Policyholders could use it to donate their assets to a charity or good cause years after their passing. It can also be used to help with transitioning your business if your family members do not plan to continue the endeavor.
Policyholders may also use survivorship insurance to continue supporting a child with special needs. For this particular case, there may also be a special needs trust you can add to your survivorship life insurance policy – inquire with Sim Gakhar to see if this is possible with your insurance carrier.
Most importantly, survivorship life insurance allows policyholders to preserve their assets, paying estate and federal taxes before passing along the intact estate to beneficiaries along with the remainder of the death benefit.
Estate planning is the preparation of tasks that will help manage a person’s assets in case of incapacitation or death.
Many people associate estate planning with high socio-economic status. The truth is that all individuals should consider estate planning to protect their children, provide for their healthcare, and offer legal directives if they become unable.
Core components of estate planning should include:
Above all, survivorship insurance is used for estate planning. After the first spouse’s death, estate taxes pass to the surviving spouse. Once the second policyholder is deceased, funds can be used to help pay taxes on assets as well as to benefit the established beneficiaries. These taxes include settlement costs and the probate fees often associated with transferring estates and assets to beneficiaries.
Additional uses for survivorship life insurance include:
Apart from all of its positive financial implications for beneficiaries and estate planning, survivorship insurance in Canada also comes with the benefits of affordability, a cash value component, and its ability for customization.
Survivorship policies cover two individuals at once. Since this is a permanent type of insurance policy, insuring two individuals increases the expected duration of the policy. This allows insurance providers to offer lower premiums for couples than they might offer for an individual policyholder.
If you´re comparing rates and inclusions for survivorship insurance policies within Ontario, reach out to insurance agent Sim Gakhar for more information on the options in your area.
A portion of each of your premium payments for your survivorship life insurance goes into a cash value component. This cash value can be accessed through a withdrawal or policy loan to address financial needs; however, policyholders must repay their withdrawals/loans to avoid deductions from their death benefit.
Survivorship life insurance policies can often be customized through add-ons called life insurance riders. These riders can include things like accelerated death benefits, long-term care, and living benefits. Each rider has its own cost to add.
Some survivorship policies may already include a living benefit rider, which allows access to a portion of the death benefit if diagnosed with a terminal illness as defined by the policy.
We recommend meeting with an insurance professional like Sim Gakhar to discuss survivorship insurance and its alternatives to see which is best for your situation.
Survivorship insurance plans are sometimes confused with first-to-die insurance policies. Unlike survivorship insurance, first-to-die policies provide the death benefit upon the first policyholder´s death. The surviving spouse is then offered the chance to apply for a new policy, usually within the first 60 days.
Alternatives to survivorship life insurance include individual permanent or term life insurance policies for each spouse. Other types of permanent life insurance policies for individual policyholders include universal life, variable, and whole life insurance.
Term life insurance policies are normally less expensive than permanent policies, but their premium depends on things such as age, health status, employment status, and more. Term life insurance also has an expiration date, and renewal of the policy does not guarantee the original premium rate. These policies do not include a cash value component.
If your focus is on estate planning, Sim Gakhar is an experienced investment and insurance agent who can provide the knowledge you need to choose the right policy for your estate and future today.
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