“Second-to-Die” Policy

What is Joint “Second-to-die” Universal Life Insurance and How Does It Work?

Joint Life Insurance Policy, with a Second to Die provision, is life insurance underwritten on the lives of two people and will pay a death benefit only after both individuals pass away.

Joint universal life insurance requires less premium than what is needed for comparable individual universal life insurance, which makes this type of contract ideal for various estate planning goals.

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Who should buy a “Second to Die” life insurance policy?

Second to Die joint life universal life policies are idea for various estate planning goals. The lower premium requirements, the tax deferred growth of any cash value and the tax free death benefit make this contract an ideal funding source for various trusts. Couples who use second to die life insurance are able to utilize annual gifts efficiently in a tax efficient manner to create estates to fund various estate planning goals such as:

    • Pay estate taxes
    • Equal inheritances
    • Create charitable gifts
    • Provide for a person with a special need after both caretakers are gone

The death benefit on joint universal life insurance can also be used to provide long-term care benefits to the insured individuals giving the policy even more flexibility than just death benefit protection.

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