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FAQs2021-06-14T03:06:25-04:00
Do I Have to Use the Payment from the Sale of my Policy Only for Medical Bills?2021-09-24T08:07:08-04:00

The answer is no. Reward yourself! Visit the grandkids, take that once-in-a-lifetime vacation, help your family with college tuition, pay off your mortgage, buy that family vacation home you have always dreamed about. Selling your life insurance policy allows you to enjoy your journey to freedom.

How Much Can I Sell My Life Insurance Policy For?2021-05-12T22:29:12-04:00

A cash payout for a life insurance policy, on average can range from 10% to 25% of the face value of your policy. Depending on various factors, including your age, health status, and policy details the range could be higher or lower.

What is a Viatical Settlement?2021-09-24T08:06:00-04:00

A viatical settlement is a life settlement for those with a terminal or chronic disease. These typically are the highest valued policies – often 2 to 3 times more than a life settlement as the policyholder has a limited life expectancy. Viatical settlements are typically used by individuals who need to pay for medical expenses now, so they choose to forgo the full value of the benefit in the event of their passing and receive a payment now.

What is a Life Settlement?2021-05-06T13:30:39-04:00

A Life settlement refers to the legal transaction between the life insurance policyholder and a third-party buyer known as a Settlement Provider for an upfront payment. Life settlement cash payouts are typically higher than your policy’s cash surrender value but less than the total death benefit of the policy. Some of the reasons why people choose a life settlement include; unaffordable premiums, medical bills, supplementing retirement, emergencies, or if they no longer need the policy for their dependents or other personal reasons. A life settlement is usually a better alternative to lapsing or the surrender of a life insurance policy.

What is the Difference Between Life Settlement Policies and Viatical Settlement Policies?2021-09-24T07:43:16-04:00

Viatical settlements and life settlements are very similar. A viatical settlement a settlement where the insured on the policy is either terminally or chronically ill and a life settlement is when you sell your policy for other personal reasons. Typically, for a life settlement, you must be 70 years or older to qualify and the average age of people who sell policies is 75. Younger policy owners can also qualify, but they often suffer from serious health issues. Viatical settlements in many states require the policy owner to be terminally ill with a life expectancy of fewer than two years or chronically ill and unable to perform at least two “activities of daily living” such as bathing, eating, dressing, or going to the bathroom on their own.

What’s the Difference Between a “Lapsed” Policy and a “Surrendered” Policy?2021-09-24T07:43:01-04:00

Lapse. If you miss or discontinue paying the premiums, the policy coverage will lapse depending on the type of life insurance you have and the policy will no longer pay a death benefit for the insured person. Some studies claim that 80% of life insurance policies lapse in the U.S., which means the coverage runs out and is not available upon your death and therefore no payout is due to you. Surrender. A permanent policy may be surrendered for the accumulated cash surrender value of the policy. Premiums will be paid from the cash value, if any, until exhausted, at which time the policy coverage will terminate or lapse. By surrendering your policy, you’re agreeing to take the cash surrender value that the insurance company has assigned to your policy, and in return, forgoing the death benefit. Whole and universal policies accrue cash value, making them the most likely option for surrender.

Is the Life Settlement Payment Taxable?2021-05-06T13:27:58-04:00

We recommend discussing any potential tax liability with your tax professional.

What Are the Steps to Sell a Life Insurance Policy?2021-05-06T13:27:25-04:00

The buyer/provider will walk you through the process and with the information you provide they are able to determine if you qualify and then make an offer to purchase your life insurance policy.1. Health questionnaire. You’ll need to complete a health questionnaire.2. Authorization. The insured and the policy owner (if different from the insured) will need to provide authorization for the life settlement Provider to contact the insurance company on your behalf and access medical records.3. Insurance Policy Documents. You will need to provide a copy of the life insurance policy. If you don’t have copies available, the life settlement Provider can request these documents from the insurance company with your authorization.4. Evaluation. The life settlement Provider will evaluate all the details of the policy and medical records to help determine value.5. Offer. With all the necessary information, the life settlement provider may proceed with making you a cash offer for the policy.6. Closing. The closing process is the actual transfer of ownership of the policy to the Provider with all the accompanying documentation. During closing, your settlement payment will be placed in escrow until your insurance company has verified the change of ownership. Once verified, the escrow agent releases the funds and you receive your cash payout.

How Long Does It Take To Sell Your Policy?2021-06-07T19:34:06-04:00

Overall the process takes approximately 6-8 weeks for settlement to be finalized with an experienced Provider, but timelines can vary based on who your insurance company is and the Provider receiving the needed documents.

How Does Selling a Life Insurance Policy Work?2021-05-06T13:25:36-04:00

The policy owner transfers ownership of the policy to a licensed buyer known as a Settlement Provider in return for a cash payment greater than the surrender value but less than the total death benefit. The process is easy. You’ll submit an application with basic information about the policy and the insured person to be evaluated by the Provider.

Information you will need to provide is:

  • Your age
  • Health status
  • State you live in
  • Type of life insurance policy you have (whole life, convertible term, or universal life)
  • The cash surrender value (accumulated cash value) of the policy
  • Amount of premium you pay per year

Once qualified, the Provider will request additional information such as the life insurance policy documents and the medical records of the insured. The private information you provide is needed for the Provider to make a decision to purchase the policy.

MRE Finance respects your privacy and only works with licensed and reputable Providers. Selling your policy typically allows you to receive more money than if you surrender or terminate the policy with the insurance company for the cash value. If you stop paying the premiums and lapse the policy you typically will receive nothing. People often pursue a life settlement because they no longer need or can afford their life insurance policy and would rather have cash in their pocket. You can use the money received from a life settlement transaction however you’d like, including paying for long-term care needs, medical bills, or funding your retirement

What Does It Mean to Sell Your Life Insurance Policy?2021-05-06T13:22:27-04:00

Selling a life insurance policy, also known as a life settlement, involves selling the policy to a licensed buyer, known as a Settlement Provider. The Provider becomes the owner of the policy, pays the policyholder a lump sum cash payout, and pays the premiums going forward. The policyholder is no longer responsible for any policy expenses. Selling your policy typically allows you to receive more money than if you surrender or terminate the policy with the insurance company for the cash value. If you stop paying the premiums and lapse the policy you typically will receive nothing. People often pursue a life settlement because they no longer need or can afford their life insurance policy and would rather have cash in their pocket. You can use the money received from a life settlement transaction however you’d like, including paying for long-term care needs, medical bills, or funding your retirement.

Why Selling a Life Insurance Policy is a Good Idea?2021-05-06T13:21:21-04:00

Selling a life insurance policy may be a good option for seniors 70 years or older or for individuals who are chronically or terminally ill. It may also be an option if your life circumstances have changed, your premiums are no longer affordable or you no longer have dependents who will need financial support after your passing. With increased uncertainty about the economy, many seniors are looking into how to sell their life insurance policies. Selling your policy for a lump sum cash payment can help you pay for medical bills, vacations, paying off a mortgage, or supplementing retirement while providing you greater financial security and peace of mind.

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