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Life Insurance Settlements to the Rescue

 Posted by Lorianne Rhoden on May 21, 2020 at 5:54 PM

Some helpful advice from Lisa Rehburg - a local Coachella Valley Broker-Consultant with Rehburg Life Insurance Settlements:

We are hearing from many Aging Life Care professionals right now who are seeking financial solutions for their clients, contacting us with questions (and concerns) about life insurance settlements. They want to be sure their clients are served well, and that a life insurance settlement is the right solution for their client.

I thought a quick synopsis of common questions and answers may be helpful. Here is what we are asked most often:

1) Why should I suggest a client consider selling their life insurance policy? Clients are being significantly impacted financially, and they may have a policy they no longer want, need or can afford. Perhaps a client needs money, needs to cut expenses or has no more use for the policy. A life insurance settlement can offer liquidity to clients.

2) What can be done with the cash generated in a life insurance settlement? That cash can be used for anything - help fund home care - assisted living - memory care, shore up retirement savings, pay down debt - anything.

3) I don't know much about life insurance settlements - are they legal? Are they regulated? Many people have not heard of a life insurance settlement, yet they have been legal since 1911 through a Supreme Court decision (Grigsby v. Russell) which deemed a life insurance policy an asset that can be sold. Today, life insurance settlements are heavily regulated by Departments of Insurance across the country.

4) How much is a policy worth? Every client's situation is unique. The main factors determining the value of a policy are the premium to be paid, the life expectancy of the client and the face value of the policy. Yes, there are some policies that cannot be sold. But, policies can be worth several thousand to tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars. We have recently sold clients' policies for amounts ranging from $8,000 to $350,000. The clients were thrilled because they were going to drop these policies, and they realized a return for them.

5) What types of policies can be sold? Any type can be sold - including term policies. Face values of $100,000 or more are preferable.

6) But, doesn't my client have to be really sick to sell? No. While it is true that the shorter the life expectancy of the client, the more money their policy is potentially worth, this does not mean that relatively healthy clients cannot sell their policies. Typically, clients should be 65 or over, but clients younger can sell too, depending upon their health.

7) Does it cost my client money? There is no up-front application fee to find out how much a policy could be worth. There are commissions paid, based upon the amount of money obtained for the client.

8) How does my client know if an offer for their policy is the best price? A good life settlement broker presents a client's policy to many buyers to realize the best return for the client. Our responsibility, passion and duty is to obtain the most money for a client's policy.

9) How do I bring up life insurance settlements with my client? "Do you have a life insurance policy you no longer want, need or can afford?" This is a very simple question to ask, and is very appropriate when a discussion regarding a client's funding for their long term care needs takes place. We have also helped professionals raise awareness through writing blogs for their website, articles for their newsletter, conducting webinars and podcasts. Let us know how we can support you.

10) The financial markets have taken a hit, how is the life insurance settlement market? The life insurance settlement market is very active right now, and some buyers have been particularly generous in their offers for policies.