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Can I Sell My Life Insurance Policy For A Lump Sum Of Cash Or Do I Need To Hold It? If you're nearing retirement, you might be wondering, should I sell my life insurance policy? It's usually a choice between stability and instant money. A steady source of income sounds nice, but you'll also want to be prepared for emergencies or rare business opportunities. Selling your insurance policy is a viable option if you have no financial obligations, but there are things you need to note before you cash in. Here are some tips to help you. The next most important question is, how do I sell my insurance policy? Before you start looking for buyers, make sure you qualify for a settlement. Most buyers only accept policies that meet a minimum face value, usually from $100,000 to $250,000. Sellers must also be over 65 and likely to live the next 20 years or so. Your buyer takes on several risks when they buy your policy. Market fluctuations, bankruptcy, and early death are just some of the things that could go wrong after the sale. To compensate, they count this risk against the purchase value of the policy. So if I sell my life insurance policy worth $100,000, I might get as little as $20,000 depending on the risk. There are also other risks to you as a seller. For instance, if I sell my insurance policy, I may no longer be covered for future medical expenses. My beneficiaries' insurance benefits will most likely be waived as well. Some people also ask, can I sell my insurance policy if I'm terminally ill? The answer is yes, and it can be even more profitable than a regular senior settlement. This type of sale, known as a viatical, is meant for people with a terminal illness, rather than a condition that simply makes the weaker (such as heart disease). Viaticals are much less risky because there is certainty to the policy holder's time of death. This is why they are worth more than regular settlements -up to 80% of your policy' face value, compared to the 20% you might get from a senior settlement. Another common question is: Can I sell my life insurance policy and still get monthly payments? You can do so by selling only a portion of your policy, and keeping the rest of the payments intact. People usually opt for partial sales if they don't need a large lump sum just yet, or if they want to retain some stability after cashing in. There are other possible ways to structure the sale. For example, if I sell my life insurance policy for a partial settlement, I can get part of the lump sum and get the rest in monthly installments. Make sure your buyer explains all your options and helps you choose the best strategy. Choosing a buyer is also an important step in selling your policy. The idea is simple - just like you wouldn't buy a car from just anyone, I wouldn't sell my life insurance policy to a buyer I've never heard of. Look for professional buying companies with extensive experience, as they can give you the most flexibility and give you the best rates. Remember, your money today is always worth more than it will be tomorrow. Cashing in allows you to use your money now, instead of waiting for monthly payments that are bound to depreciate. As long as you work with professionals, selling your insurance policy is certainly one of the best financial decisions you can make. over 50 life insurance
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