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5 Uses for Life Insurance Benefits

Updated: February 2016

Life insurance can be an important part of your financial strategies, helping to ensure a more secure financial future for your loved ones when you're gone.

Not only does life insurance help cover unexpected final expenses—it can also provide your family with a financial safety net or even serve as an inheritance.

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Some of the uses for life insurance benefits may include:

Paying final costs: LifeHappens.org notes that life insurance policy benefits can be used to pay final expenses, including funeral or cremation costs, medical bills not covered by health insurance, estate administration fees or other unpaid obligations. Even expenses such as a mortgage balance can be covered by your benefit.

Paying off debt or replacing income: According to LifeHappens.org, life insurance benefits can help replace your income if you pass away. Your beneficiaries can use the money to help cover essential expenses, such as paying off a mortgage or securing college educations for your children.

Inheritance: The III suggests buying a policy with a named heir as a beneficiary in order to secure an inheritance for your loved ones. The death benefit can also serve as a supplement to other inheritance funds you may wish to leave your heirs.

Paying federal or state estate taxes: Your heirs may face an estate tax upon receiving their inheritance, depending upon the state of residence and the amount. The III suggests that life insurance benefits may be used to partially or completely offset this cost for your heirs. Consult with your life insurance provider or a financial professional for more information on your projected estate tax impact and life insurance benefit.

Charitable contributions: Life insurance policies can be created with your favorite charity as a named beneficiary, the III says. This can help ensure your philanthropic goals are met after you die, and that benefits are provided to your charity of choice — even if you don’t have a very large nest egg or estate.

Discussing your financial goals with a life insurance agent can help you clarify the right type of policy and benefit to meet your needs.

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Loans or partial withdrawals can reduce the policy's cash value and death benefit, can increase the possibility of policy lapse, and may result in a tax liability. Consult a tax advisor for additional information on the tax treatment of loans or withdrawals from a life insurance policy.

Life insurance offered through Allstate Life Ins. Co. & Allstate Assurance Co., 3075 Sanders Rd, Northbrook IL 60062; Lincoln Benefit Life Co., 1221 N St. Ste 200, Lincoln NE 68508; American Heritage Life Ins. Co., 1776 American Heritage Life Dr., Jacksonville FL 32224. In New York, life insurance offered through Allstate Life Insurance Company of New York, Hauppauge NY.

Securities offered by Personal Financial Representatives through Allstate Financial Services, LLC (LSA Securities in LA and PA). Registered Broker-Dealer. Member FINRA, SIPC. Main Office: 2920 South 84th Street, Lincoln, NE 68506. (877) 525-5727. Check the background of this firm on FINRA's BrokerCheck website.

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