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Life Insurance as part of your Estate Plan

Many individuals in San Diego are considering purchasing life insurance. Most people do not know that a properly drafted irrevocable life insurance trust, known as an ILIT, can be used to reduce estate taxes or to provide substantial money for your heirs. They also bypass the probate process. For some, they can be an important part of your estate plan.

One of the ways you can create an ILIT is by transferring a life insurance policy already in existence into your newly created ILIT. Another way is to create an ILIT and have the trustee of the ILIT apply for a new policy and transfer money to the trust annually to pay the insurance premiums. You also may be able to finance the insurance premiums with no out of pocket expense to you through a premium financed life insurance program.

The purpose of an irrevocable life insurance trust is to remove life insurance proceeds from one’s taxable estate. The trust must be irrevocable meaning that you cannot have any control or ownership of the policy. Someone other than yourself will be the trustee. Since you are not the owner of the insurance policy nor do you have any control over it, the proceeds at your death are not part of your taxable estate. The life insurance proceeds go to your beneficiaries according to the terms of your trust.

The experienced estate planning attorneys at Law Office of Scott C. Soady, A Professional Corporation can assist you in determining whether an irrevocable life insurance trust is appropriate in your situation and drafting the necessary documents. Please call or e mail us for a personal and complimentary consultation.

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