Life Insurance Trusts

Modern Uses for Life Insurance Trusts

Posted by Robert L. Arone Since the enactment of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act of 2017, the utility of the irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) has been in question. The substantial increase in the federal estate tax exemption–$11.4 million for an individual and $22.8 million for a married couple in 2019—greatly reduced the need for estate planning aimed at lessening federal estate tax liability or offsetting estate taxes for many clients. As a result, your clients may be wondering if an ILIT is necessary. An ILIT Can Still Be a Helpful Planning Tool Depending upon the particular goals and circumstances of your clients, an ILIT can still be a useful planning tool. As a financial advisor, you can enhance your relationships with your clients by helping them to reassess their goals for both the present and the future, providing valuable guidance about how the ILIT may be able to

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