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Life settlement information center

Everything you need to know
about life settlements

Life settlement information center

Everything you need to know
about life settlements

What is a life settlement?

A life settlement is the sale of a life insurance policy for its market value. Most people simply lapse or surrender their policies and receive little or nothing in return. In a life settlement transaction, the policyholder sells the insurance to a third party and, in turn, receives a lump- sum cash payment that is typically four or more times greater than its cash surrender value, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

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Does this describe you?

  • You’re 65+ (or younger with a significant health issue)
  • Your health has changed since you bought your policy
  • You own a policy of $100,000 or more

At Lighthouse Life, we advocate for seniors like you to realize the market value of their insurance policies that are no longer needed or no longer affordable so they can better meet retirement, healthcare, and long-term care needs.

Whether you are looking for more information about life settlements, or are ready to sell your life insurance policy, we
have educational resources to help you.

75%

OF SENIORS TERMINATE THEIR LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES. THEIR BENEFICIARIES GET NOTHING.

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Life settlement terminology

If you are considering a life settlement, you may come across a few terms you aren’t familiar with. Here are some definitions that might help you along the way.

  • Beneficiary

    The person who is designated to receive a life insurance policy’s death benefit upon the insured’s death.

  • Cash surrender value

    Also known as cash value, this is the amount the policyowner receives if they surrender the life insurance policy to the insurance company before a death benefit is paid.

  • Convertible term life insurance

    A type of term life insurance that can be converted to permanent life insurance within a specified time frame

  • Death benefit

    The amount of money the policy’s beneficiaries receive from the policy upon the insured’s death.

  • Face value

    This is another name for death benefit, the amount of money the policy’s beneficiaries receive from the policy upon the insured’s death.

  • Illustration

    Projections about the future premiums that must be paid on a life insurance policy over the insured’s lifetime, or for a term life policy, during the policy’s term. Illustrations are provided by the insurance company.

  • In-force

    A policy is considered in-force when the premium has been paid and it is in good standing.

  • Lapse

    A policy is considered lapsed when premium payments are missed for a period of time, including after notices have been sent to the policyowner and the period to make back payments has passed. When a policy lapses, it no longer will pay a death benefit to beneficiaries.

  • Term life (TL) insurance

    A type of temporary life insurance that provides coverage for a pre-defined period of time (the policy term). The premiums may remain level or increase annually.

  • Universal life (UL) insurance

    A type of permanent life insurance that includes a savings component that accrues cash value. While universal life policies generally have lower projected premiums than whole life policies, the annual cost of insurance (COI) is not fixed and goes up over time.

  • Whole life (WL) insurance

    A type of permanent life insurance that includes a savings component that accrues cash value. Premiums for whole life policies are fixed and guaranteed. Once issued, a whole life policy is guaranteed to remain in-force for the insured’s entire life (provided premium payments are made on time), or until the policy matures.

  • Cash surrender value

    Also known as cash value, this is the amount the policyowner receives if they surrender the life insurance policy to the insurance company before a death benefit is paid.

  • Death benefit

    The amount of money the policy’s beneficiaries receive from the policy upon the insured’s death.

  • Illustration

    Projections about the future premiums that must be paid on a life insurance policy over the insured’s lifetime, or for a term life policy, during the policy’s term. Illustrations are provided by the insurance company.

  • Lapse

    A policy is considered lapsed when premium payments are missed for a period of time, including after notices have been sent to the policyowner and the period to make back payments has passed. When a policy lapses, it no longer will pay a death benefit to beneficiaries.

  • Universal life (UL) insurance

    A type of permanent life insurance that includes a savings component that accrues cash value. While universal life policies generally have lower projected premiums than whole life policies, the annual cost of insurance (COI) is not fixed and goes up over time.

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LIFE SETTLEMENTS AVERAGE 4X OR MORE THE CASH SURRENDER VALUE OF A LIFE INSURANCE POLICY

Frequently asked questions (FAQ) about life settlements

Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about life settlements.

(Keep in mind, your financial advisor can fill you in on the details that apply to your unique financial planning needs.)

Why would I want to sell my life insurance policy?

People buy life insurance policies for many good reasons. They terminate their policies for many good reasons as well, including:

  • The policy is no longer needed
  • The insured’s health has changed
  • Premiums are too costly
  • Cash surrender value has been depleted
  • Policyowner or a family member needs money now
  • Policyowner or a loved one needs money for long-term care

If your life insurance policy no longer serves its intended purpose, or if it is too expensive to maintain, you may want to pursue a life settlement and convert the policy to cash.

What can I use money from a life settlement for?

Anything you want – it is your money. Many people use the proceeds from a life settlement to pay for long-term care costs, general healthcare costs, and retirement expenses.

Because the money is yours, you may opt to do whatever you want with the lump sum you receive from a life settlement.

Will I pay taxes on my life settlement?

While many life settlements do not result in taxable income, there may be some tax liability (you should always check with a tax advisor).

Additionally, there is legislation pending in the US Congress (HR 5958, the Senior Health Planning Account Act) that would make the proceeds of life settlements tax-free when applied towards certain types of healthcare costs. As part of our commitment to advocating for seniors, we support this legislation because of the benefits it would give to those who would benefit from having more money for their healthcare.

What will the life settlement process look like for me?

The life settlement process you’ll experience with Lighthouse Life is simple and fast.

Some companies take six months or more to complete a life settlement and get you the money you are owed. We believe that is too long to make you wait for what is rightfully yours.

With Lighthouse Life, life settlements are routinely completed in as little as 45 days.

You can find more information on how to sell your life insurance policy here.

Is a life settlement safe for me?

Yes. Life settlements are considered among the most safe and secure financial service transactions in the US today, especially for seniors. Life settlements offer more consumer protections and transparency than any other insurance or financial service transaction.

Today, 43 states regulate life settlements, covering over 90% of the US population. Since 2014, only two consumer complaints have been reported to insurance regulators throughout the United States, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Lighthouse Life has been the subject of 0 complaints.

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Do I qualify for a life settlement?

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While many factors contribute to whether you qualify, here are some basic life settlement eligibility guidelines:

Policy amount

You must have a policy with a face value of $100,000 or more.

Age

You generally need to be 65 years old or older to sell your life insurance policy. You may still qualify if you are younger than 65 but have a significant health issue.

Health

Most people who qualify have had a change in their health since their policy was originally issued. Healthy people can qualify depending on their age, policy type, and policy amount.

How life settlements can help

Due to factors such as rising healthcare costs and living longer in retirement, nearly half of Americans fear running out of money in retirement. Because of this, many people nearing or currently in retirement look for ways to reduce expenses and increase income. Life settlements are a practical, hassle-free way for seniors to achieve these goals.

Here are some ways life settlements can help seniors get the most out of life in retirement

Contribute to paying for healthcare costs

Issue

According to Fidelity, a 65-year-old couple retiring in 2019 could expect to spend $285,000 in healthcare and medical expenses throughout retirement.

Solution

A life settlement can help cover healthcare and medical expenses without requiring you to use existing retirement funds, or sell other property, such as your home.

Strengthen retirement savings

Issue

38% of retirees have less than $50,000 saved for retirement. With such a small nest egg, many seniors only partially retire or defer retirement altogether until they feel more financially stable.

Solution

A life settlement can take an unwanted or unneeded life insurance policy that is costing you money, and turn it into a large cash payout you can use to pay for anything you want.

Defray long-term care expenses

Issue

According to AARP, 7.9 million people ages 65 and up required long-term care in 2018. Because of the high cost of these services, seniors often forego necessary care, which negatively impacts their quality of life.

Solution

Life settlements can help defray the costs of long-term. By dedicating some or all of the proceeds from a life settlement to pay for long-term care costs, you can ensure you’ve set aside funds for these expenses. expenses.

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466K

ONLY 2 OF 466,000 CONSUMER COMPLAINTS TO STATE INSURANCE REGULATORS SINCE 2014 WERE ABOUT LIFE SETTLEMENTS.

How Lighthouse Life
protects you

At Lighthouse Life, we go above and beyond regulatory requirements for disclosures and transparency to ensure you are treated fairly and with respect.

Here are some ways you are protected by choosing Lighthouse Life:

  • We provide you with a fast, free, fair, and safe transaction
  • We promise you low and transparent fees
  • We advocate for seniors like you and treat you with respect
  • We support policy changes to empower seniors

Life settlement resources

If you’d like to learn even more about life settlements, here are some educational life settlement resources:

Life Settlement Overview Brochure from Lighthouse Life

Life Settlement Brochure

An overview of life settlements and how they can help you benefit from your life insurance while you are living.

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