New Uses Of Assets - A Living Benefit From Your Life Insurance Policy
Because of your current health condition, you may be able to get money from your life insurance now thanks to a feature in both term and permanent life insurance policies known as a "living benefit" or "accelerated death benefit." Even if it's not described in your policy, this feature may be part of your policy, or you may be able to add it for free.
If you only receive a small percentage of the policy as a living benefit, you may be able to sell the remainder of the policy to a third party, if you desire. See: Selling Your Life Insurance Policy for additional information.
As a general matter, any money you receive from a Living Benefit is income tax free.
If you decide to apply for a living benefit, read: How To Apply For a Living Benefit.
For additional information, see:
- What Is A Living Benefit?
- How To Determine If Your Life Insurance Policy Has A Living Benefit
- What To Look For In A Living Benefit
- What If My Life Expectancy Exceeds The Life Insurance Company's Requirements Or I Do Not Know My Life Expectancy?
- How To Apply For A Living Benefit
- Before contacting the insurance company to inquire about a living benefit, much less applying for one:
- If your policy is less than two years old: Review the application for the insurance to be certain that all of the information you provided in order to obtain the coverage was accurate. During the first two years of any policy, the insurance company that issues the policy has a right to contest the validity of the policy. You want to make sure that they have no reason to do so.
- During your initial inquiries about a living benefit with the insurance company or your employer, you do not have to disclose your condition or diagnosis. This doesn’t mean that you won’t be asked about your condition, however. If asked you may politely respond that you don’t wish to discuss it. We recommend you give an insurance company as little information as possible about your current health condition, at least until you are able to determine if you may be eligible for the living benefit.
- Another means of getting money from a life insurance policy while still alive is a Viatical Settlement or Senior Settlement. For additional information, click here.