As more states experience deficits in their budgets a growing number have begun to impose their own tax on property transferred at an individual’s death. In fact, state death taxes have emerged as the primary concern for most individuals because it’s not unusual for a state to assess taxes even where federal taxes are avoided. […]
Medical Inquiry Where a trust has not yet been established it is possible to begin the medical underwriting process with the insurance carrier by submitting what is often referred to as a “trial application.” The purpose is to verify insurability. Premium should not be collected at this point. Since premiums are not collected the insured […]
A number of “what if’s” can happen to your clients as they reach retirement, but you can help ensure they have enough to last through the end of their golden years. Check out this consumer approved flyer that will help get the conversation started! Read the print-friendly PDF flyer. Click here!
We’re focusing this month on effective legacy planning techniques. A recent case illustrates how the DBS Case Design Team was able to analyze the client situation, take into account all the desired outcomes, and find a life insurance solution to fit their needs. Read the print-friendly PDF flyer. Click here!
We continue this month to reflect back upon the past year, highlighting some of the most important topics and trends that made headlines over the year. This week, we also look ahead at just a few of the things we’re watching for 2019. Continued Growth of the Life-LTC Combination Market: According to LIMRA research, the Life-LTC combination market has grown to more […]
This December, we’re taking the opportunity to reflect back upon the past year – and what a year it has been. At the forefront of the conversation has been the passage of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act (TCJA) at the tail end of 2017. The TCJA promised sweeping reform across the insurance industry, both […]
Although the recent tax legislation has temporarily reduced the importance of estate tax planning for everyone except the ultra-wealthy, it did not obviate the need to make estate plans for non-tax reasons. These non-tax estate planning concerns are especially magnified for families who have members with special needs. It is imperative for guardians of a […]
With the recent doubling of the estate tax exemption I’ve been asked, “Is it possible to get a life insurance policy out of an irrevocable trust (ILIT) when the terms of the trust no longer meet the needs of the grantor or the trust’s beneficiaries?” The answer is yes, but there are a number of […]
We’ve advised readers in the past against dropping existing life insurance policies simply because of the temporary increase in the estate tax exemption. Instead, now is the time to review existing policies, possibly simplify techniques or repurpose its use. Not sure how? Here’s a list of seven strategies for repurposing existing life insurance.