By Attorney Curtis A. Edwards
Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust (ILIT) is a powerful estate planning tool that can provide several benefits to individuals and their families. An ILIT is a trust that is designed primarily to own a life insurance policy. The policy proceeds are paid to the trust upon the death of the insured, and the trust distributes the funds according to the trust document. The trust is irrevocable, meaning that once it is created, the grantor cannot change its terms or reclaim the assets transferred to the trust.
ILITs can provide significant benefits to individuals and their families. One of the primary benefits is that they can help reduce estate taxes. When an individual passes away, their assets may be subject to estate taxes if they exceed the estate tax exemption amount. Life insurance proceeds are also included in an individual’s estate, so if the policy is owned by the insured, the life insurance proceeds may be subject to estate taxes. However, if the policy is owned by an ILIT, the proceeds are not included in the insured’s estate, and therefore not subject to estate taxes.
In addition to estate tax benefits, ILITs can provide a source of liquidity for the trust beneficiaries. Upon the death of the insured, the ILIT receives the life insurance proceeds, which can be used to pay estate taxes, debts, or other expenses. This allows the beneficiaries to inherit other assets without having to sell them to pay expenses.
In conclusion, an ILIT is an effective estate planning tool that can provide significant benefits to individuals and their families. An ILIT can help reduce or eliminate estate taxes and provide liquidity to a decedent’s beneficiaries, among other things. By understanding what an ILIT is and how it works, individuals can make informed decisions about their estate planning strategies.
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