- On May 26, 2016
Many people know that properly structured life insurance is an excellent asset for purposes of:
- Premature death “income replacement”;
- Payment of death/estate taxes, debt and other final expenses;
- Tax-deferred income tax growth;
- Tax-efficient cash flow in retirement years;
- Debt risk management (i.e., payoff mortgage and business debt);
- Investment diversification; and
- Family inheritance creation.
Many do not know that in most family situations, properly designed life insurance also provides excellent creditor and asset protection under current Illinois law.
Additionally, Illinois law provides that such life insurance proceeds and associated cash values are exempt from attachment to (1) the insured’s creditors, (2) the insured’s wife or husband’s creditors and (3) creditors of a child, parent or other person, each of whom are dependent upon the insured in all cases except fraudulent transfers.
Generally, Illinois law does not limit the amount of life insurance proceeds or cash value that can be protected. Properly designed and structured life insurance can be an incredible asset for high-risk professionals such as executives, physicians, accountants, business owners, attorneys, and others desiring asset and creditor protection.
Due to the asset protection and other unique qualities of properly designed and structured life insurance, most clients, especially clients in high-risk professions and businesses, should consider increasing their life insurance holdings or adding life insurance to diversify their assets for purposes of better legal, tax, financial and risk management planning.