The question was: My client would like to use a life settlement to help pay the assisted living expenses for her mother, who is alert but frail and needs the care the community provides. The mother is the owner and insured of a $250,000 UL in-force policy, but the daughter (my client) has power of attorney for her mother’s financial affairs. Is a life settlement the best option in this situation and how do you recommend I proceed?
The answer is: Monetizing life insurance policies to help cover the costs of long term care in its various forms has grown much more common in the last couple of years.
Providers of assisted living, skilled nursing home care and home healthcare have come to realize the financial opportunity for policy owners in need of their services but lacking in funds. States are now waking up to see that the use of a life insurance policy to access money is a better route for seniors than letting a policy lapse or be surrendered. Maine, Oregon and Washington are three examples of states that have passed laws requiring insurers to notify policy holders of their legal right to a life settlement at the point that a policy would lapse or be surrendered. As time marches on, more states are considering and will enter this law onto their books.