Without proper estate planning, life insurance beneficiaries may be hit with exorbitant federal estate taxes. One way to preserve assets is to create an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) – a common legacy planning tool. It’s a highly complex approach but is worth the effort. Curious about how to lower the stress and tax levels for your heirs?
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Blended families, mobile beneficiaries, and new approaches to trusteeships require a flexible and highly customizable approach to irrevocable life insurance trusts (“ILITs”), one of the most common legacy planning tools.


ILITs, when tailored to the needs of the ILIT creator (“grantor”), can offer many benefits, including blended family planning, family financial security, estate liquidity, creditor protection, and centralized wealth management for ILIT beneficiaries. With proper implementation and administration, the ILIT’s assets also should not be included in the grantor’s taxable estate. To assist grantors in making the appropriate choices to customize their ILITs, this report provides a brief summary and a checklist of various ILIT options.

Take Aways

ILITs serve as a multi-purpose tool for dynastic legacy and life insurance planning and can address a range of needs, from generating estate liquidity by purchasing assets from the estate to providing centralized wealth management for generations of beneficiaries. ILITs also must navigate among a wide assortment of product options to find their optimal coverage, which means these trusts must have flexible powers with regard to both policy acquisition and funding.  Accordingly, ILITs 2 must incorporate a dizzying array of options for both trustees and beneficiaries. A checklist of potential choices can make the selection process less daunting.

To learn more about how to ensure estate liquidity, give lifetime access to a spouse, and provide for blended family planning, read the full report.

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