Financial Planning

Estate Planning

An irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) enables you to pass insurance proceeds to your heir's estate tax-free. Ir cannot be amended, revoked, or altered by the grantor once it’s created. The assets in the trust are not included in the grantor’s estate. The Trustee may buy assets or lend money to the estate.

The grantor makes annual gifts or a simple gift to pay the life insurance premiums. The grantor gives each beneficiary Crummey withdrawal power, which is the ability to withdraw the grantor’s gift to the trust within a prescribed period often between 30 and 60 days –each year.


  • The annual gift tax exclusion allows an individual to gift up to $14,000 annually per beneficiary free of the gift tax.
  • Married couples can gift $28,000 annually per beneficiary.


  • Insurance premiums are discounted dollars compared to liquidating assets to pay taxes.
  • An ILIT can provide the estate liquidity for taxes.
  • Life Insurance proceeds are excluded from the grantor’s taxable estate.
  • ILIT avoids probate and maintains confidentiality.


  • Grantor forgoes complete control over the trust assets. He or she cannot access the assets within the trust, such as the cash values of the life policy.
  • Grantor loses the ability to alter, amend, revoke or terminate the trust.
  • Policy proceeds may be included in the estate if death occurs within three years of the transfer of an existing policy to the trust.


  • An attorney drafts the trust documents.
  • The trustee procures a trust tax id number, if required.
  • The grantor makes annual or lump sum gifts to the trustee to pay life insurance premiums.
  • The trustee applies for insurance on the life of the grantor and/or spouse. The trust is the owner and beneficiary of the life insurance policy.
  • The trustee notifies beneficiaries of their withdrawal right via letter.
  • The trustee send the insurance company the premium after the appropriate withdrawal period.

Get in Touch

Let's Connect

Our team is here to help. Simply fill out the form below and one of our advisors will be in touch with you shortly to discuss your needs.