Barry Bucks:  The Recently Divorced Grandfather

Even the best financial plans require occasional updates, and a life-changing event like divorce later in life could certainly necessitate some tweaking!  In this case study, we make the following planning assumptions:

  • Sam, age 58, is a recently divorced father/grandparent.
  • He has substantial assets and plans to retire at 65.
  • Sam is concerned about becoming a burden on his three children.
  • His children are the beneficiaries of the current life insurance policy death benefit, which is now a secondary concern to LTC.
  • The policy has a $250,000 death benefit, a $2,500 annual premium, and a cost basis of $50,000.
  • He would “pay for care” with $100,000 of cash value in a Variable Universal Life  Insurance policy purchased more than 20 years ago.
  • His HALO Assessment projects a four-year, $5,000/month need for care.


If Barry were your client and he was concerned about Long-Term Care, which scenario would you recommend?

By reallocating the cash value of a life insurance policy that is no longer needed, it's possible to create a substantial Long-Term Care Plan with a variety of tax-free benefits, and in this case, it's better than ZERO out-of-pocket because you're helping him save $2,500/year. 



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