2021 Life Insurance Planning Opportunities

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Are You Prepared When it Comes to Your Life Insurance?

For those individuals and families planning their financial legacy, 2021 may be the year to take advantage of unprecedented transfer and gifting opportunities under the current tax environment. While taxation should never be the only reason to transfer assets or make major gifts, 2021 could be the time to get the most out life insurance decisions.

What To Do?


Identify and then engage your trusted advisors (legal, tax, trust, financial and insurance)

Don’t wait. If the anticipated tax changes happen, the lines will be long and the time will be short to discuss, decide, draft and implement all that will need to be done by December 31, 2021.


Review your current legal documents and insurance portfolio

How has your situation changed and what legal documents need to be updated? From ownership and beneficiary designations to policy performance, when is the last time you had your insurance portfolio reviewed?


Start the Process

Life Insurance can be underwritten without an obligation to buy. This allows you to know 

where you stand in terms of pricing and available capacity, specifically for you.


  Assess ownership and beneficiary status

  Review your current portfolio

  Complete the medical portion of the underwriting process (medical records and possibly an insurance exam)

Have a general understanding of certain succession and estate planning techniques


  Annual Exclusion Gifts – are you using these to your fullest?

  Sale to a defective trust

  Spousal gift trusts

  Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts

Questions to consider:


  Will you need a 3rd party valuation? If yes, who will complete the appraisal and how much time will that take?

  How will a significantly lower federal estate tax exemption impact your planning and tax liability?

  How will a change in  the capital gains rate affect you?

  How does a potential change in the “step up in basis” treatment of assets affect your need for liquidity?

Craig Platt

Mark Denenfeld


Mark joined Rose Street in 2017 and helps clients with their estate, business succession, and family/business planning through the use of life insurance products. 

He loves golf, skiing, hiking, and reading. Fun fact: Mark has both played and coached tennis at the collegiate level.

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