Take the TOLI Challenge: Can you answer this?

What is most important when determining the liability of a trustee’s actions? Over the years, we have noticed that the knowledge of TOLI trustees varies from trust company to trust company. After publishing the TOLI Handbook, we thought we would “chunk it down” with the TOLI Challenge—a series of questions designed to test the knowledge of the typical TOLI trustee. We will be publishing questions [...]

Upcoming Webinar June 24th: Why Now Is the Time to Consider Alternatives for Your Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs)

Why Now Is the Time to Consider Alternatives for Your Irrevocable Life Insurance Trusts (ILITs) Presenters: Leon Wessels, Life Insurance Trust Company, John Barkhurst, ITM TwentyFirst For most institutions in 2021, life insurance trusts are not core to their trust business. With the regulatory, reputational, and legal risks ever increasing, many corporate trustees are currently rethinking their ILIT services, contemplating other alternatives.  This webinar [...]

Best Interest Standards for Life Insurance Would Be a TOLI Trustee’s Best Friend

As a TOLI trustee, you have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that every transaction - either a new policy sale or replacement is not only suitable for your client, but also in your client’s best interest.

TOLI Trustee Alert: Life Settlements – How to Sell a Policy

In our last blog, we tackled the question of when to sell a life insurance policy.  With past and potential future changes in the estate tax laws and the aging of the population in the typical TOLI portfolio, life settlements will become more prominent in the coming years. The TOLI trustee must become aware of the sales process, so we wanted to provide a [...]

TOLI Trustee Alert: Managing Variable Universal Life Policies Comes with Specific Challenges

Variable universal life (VUL) policies, whose sales took a nosedive after the 2007-09 market crash, have had a resurgence. In 2018 sales jumped, with annualized premiums from new VUL sales increasing by 14% over the prior year. (1) VUL policies provide the policy owner with the opportunity to invest in the equity market. The cash value in the policy is held in separate accounts and [...]

Upcoming Webinar June 24th – Comparing the Discretionary, Delegated, and Directed Trustee’s Role and the Trust Protector

Directed Trusts are a growing reality as more states adopt the Uniform Directed Trust Act. Delegated trusts are as old as the UPIA, but are you really prepared to confidentially articulate the difference between the two models?  Most trust organizations are being asked to consider one or both of these options by someone in their market or the bank. This webinar will compare and [...]

Upcoming Webinar May 27th: Minimizing Trustee Liability in a Changing Market

Minimizing Trustee Liability in a Changing Market Judith Pearson, Nomadx Solutions Risk management is always more challenging in a volatile environment, especially in a society that has grown more litigious.  Learn how to minimize your liability by taking a few simple steps. The trust world has become rich with opportunity. Learn how to navigate this complex market while dodging landmines of personal liability. Understand [...]

Upcoming Webinar May 13th: An Insider’s Guide to Life Insurance in a Challenging Environment

A decade-plus of historic low interest rates and a financial crisis unlike any we have seen before has negatively impacted life insurance.  Do you know why and what you can do to deal with it?  You will if you take part in this fast-paced webinar.  By attending, you will: Learn which policies will be most affected and how to manage them effectively going forward. [...]

TOLI Trustee Alert: More of Your Clients Will Be Living to 100 and That Could Be a Problem

Updated 3/12/2020, Originally posted 2/5/19 A little over five years ago we wrote about a little-known problem for trust-owned life insurance (TOLI) trustees - clients living to age 100 - the maturity age for many older life insurance policies. The problem is that many policies in their portfolio will not pay out a full death benefit at maturity and the chances of insureds living to [...]

The Life Insurance Trust Company Solves Major Problems for Veteran Life Insurance Agents and Advisors

Updated 10/29/19 Originally posted 6/4/18 Four years ago, it was reported that the average age of a financial advisor in America was 51, with 43% over the age of 55 and many heading towards retirement (1). One year later, an industry publication noted that the average age of a US life insurance agent was even higher — 59 (2). Many veteran life insurance agents have [...]

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