Life seldom works out as you plan. You may have gone to college in Boston to become a lawyer and wound up running a restaurant in San Francisco. You may have thought you would never get married, but now are living in the suburbs with a family of four. If you bought a life insurance policy somewhere along the way, that policy may be worth a great deal of money today as an insurance settlement.
Life Settlement Providers
A life settlement provider may be able to help you convert your policy to cash. Life settlement providers are companies, or sometimes individuals, who operate in the secondary market for insurance. You should not confuse them with life insurance companies. They are in the business of aggregating and buying policies and do not have any fiduciary relationship with their clients.
In order to be able to sell your policy to a life settlement provider, and get the money you need, your policy must be attractive enough for the provider to want to make you an offer. When you qualify for a life settlement and decide to sell your policy, you are giving up ownership in the policy. In exchange for a lump sum payment, the life settlement provider becomes the sole beneficiary of the policy.
While the guidelines may be slightly different based on which life settlement provider you select, it is a fair statement to say that in order to qualify, you must have a major slippage in health which results in a fairly dramatic reduction of your life expectancy. It is not necessary for you to be terminally ill to qualify for a life settlement. Use the life settlement calculator to estimate the value of your life insurance policy as a life settlement or viatical.
Backgrounds and Life Insurance Settlement Providers
A life settlement provider will want to know some things about you and your life insurance policy. First of all, because your health is a major factor in determining the potential value of your policy, the provider may want to review all of your medical records, get reports from doctors and consult actuarial charts to determine your life expectancy. Second, the provider will want to know the amount of your death benefit and if there are any loans against the policy. Your policy needs to be valued before an offer can be made.
A person may have a number of different reasons for wanting to sell their policy. Assuming you meet the conditions to qualify for a life settlement, you may want to make a deal because you have high out of pocket medical costs due to your declining health. The money you receive could be applied to pay for home health care to help you with your basic needs such as bathing or preparing meals.
You can also use the proceeds from a life settlement to take a trip across the country to visit family before your condition deteriorates to the point where you can no longer travel. If you are 95 but still spry, you will likely qualify for a life settlement and then you can use the money to try to do everything on your bucket list.
When life circumstances change, having a life insurance policy can be a real blessing. Why not get your policy valued and see if a life settlement provider can help you?