Owning life insurance can make estate planning complicated
Abstract: A life insurance policy can be an important part of an estate plan. The policy can provide a source of wealth for one’s family income-tax-free, and it can supply funds to pay estate taxes and other expenses. However, those who own their policy, rather than having, for example, an irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) own it, will have to take extra steps to keep the policy’s proceeds out of their taxable estate. As this article explains, an irrevocable grantor trust can be one way of doing that.