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New Estate Planning Strategy: How To Use Life Insurance To Pay Estate Taxes

June 2, 2020

Sometimes the traditional strategies to reduce estate taxes are not practical or appealing. It might be difficult to give away an asset in increments over the years to make tax-free gifts. Or you might want to retain control of your assets for life. There are a lot of reasons why someone might not want to […]

The Family Bank Life Insurance Strategy: Your Own Personal Retirement Bank

May 25, 2020

In last week’s edition of Retirement Watch Weekly, I introduced readers to the Family Bank Strategy. Today, we’ll answer some commonly asked questions about it, starting with… Who should consider the Family Bank Strategy? One good candidate is someone who is keeping money in conservative investments as a safety net or in case someone in […]

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How to Create Your Own Personal Retirement Bank with Life Insurance

May 19, 2020

Have you heard of the “Secret 770 Account” and “The President’s Account?” Or maybe you’ve seen these: Banking on Yourself® or “Infinite Banking?” Or perhaps even these: “Becoming Your Own Banker,” “The Personal Bank,” or “The Retirement Miracle?” If you read financial publications, especially online, you almost certainly have come across some of these. You’ve […]

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How to Use Life Insurance Under the New Estate Tax Laws Part II

July 21, 2019

In last week’s edition of Retirement Watch Weekly, we re-examined some factors and tools of estate planning that were altered by the new estate tax regime. Today, we’ll complete the list… […]

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How to Use Life Insurance Under the New Estate Tax Laws

July 16, 2019

Because of the still relatively new estate tax regime, some factors and tools of estate planning need to be looked at differently than before. Here’s the first area we’ll review… Life insurance. Traditionally the main reason to buy permanent life insurance was to help pay for estate taxes. The number of people with that need […]

Your Life Insurance Windfall on Death

February 2, 2012

One of the problems with many estates is the records are incomplete or unorganized. The executor and beneficiaries often don’t find out about all the assets available to them. One ripe source of unclaimed benefits is life insurance. Some estimate that there is $1 billion in unclaimed life insurance benefits. Many of the policy benefits […]

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Why Life Insurance is An Important Tool in Estate Planning

September 1, 2007

After the 2001 tax law began a phaseout of the estate tax, many people concluded there was no longer a reason for life insurance and insurance trusts to be considered as part of an estate plan. Yet, there always were reasons to consider life insurance in plans, and there might be new reasons in the […]

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Profiting From “Excess” Annuities and Cash Value Life Insurance

March 1, 2000

Many of you own annuities or cash value life insurance that no longer fit your needs. They were good ideas when you bought them. But times have changed, and so have your needs. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to enhance the value of these policies to you. Let’s look at a creative strategy […]

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