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When you buy a life insurance policy, you'll be offered the option of naming one or more beneficiaries who will get a death benefit if you die.
There are essentially no restrictions on who you may choose. The only actual limitation is for children, who must have a trust or legal guardian named as a beneficiary in order to receive the death benefit, or an age at which they will receive it.
Trust Ownership of the Policy
If you listed your spouse as a beneficiary for the life insurance, there wouldn’t be any problem. This is because there won’t be any estate tax for passing in between spouses. Conversely, if you own an estate worth a lot of money, you can place an ownership policy in an irrevocable life insurance trust.
Tax included in the estate’s amount can be as high as 40%. If you have an irrevocable trust, the policy benefits won’t be taxed as they will not be part of your real estate. Also, if the policy exists, you can place the ownership to the trust.
Life Insurance Beneficiaries
Ideally, it’s best to name your beneficiaries individually rather than naming a trust as a beneficiary. This is because they may have special scenarios where they can’t be trusted with a large amount of money.
The questions below will help you gauge a better understanding of how you can exercise your trust. Here are the basics on how to name a beneficiary:
The choice of naming your spouse as the beneficiary is the easiest and most convenient as the options are tax-free if passed between spouses, regardless of the amount. Another thing you need to remember in naming other beneficiaries is to look into their scenarios.
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