How Much Do You Get When You Sell a Life Insurance Policy?

Did you know you can sell all or a portion of a life insurance policy, even term insurance?

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Looking into selling a life insurance policy? Life settlements are an excellent choice for individuals who have a policy that they no longer want or need. But how much is a life settlement worth? How do companies calculate the worth of a policy? There are many factors that go into a life settlement offer, including the policy holder’s age, health, the policy type and size, premium cost, and the life insurance issuer. Let’s review these factors and more to see just how much a policyholder can receive from a life settlement. 

How much do you get when you sell a life insurance policy?

A policyholder could receive anywhere between 10% to 35% of the amount that would be paid when they die. On average, policyholders receive an upfront cash settlement that equals 20% of their life insurance policy death benefit. The larger the life insurance policy size, the larger the life settlement offer.

This means that an average life settlement offer on a $100,000 policy may be around $20,000 and an average offer on a $1,000,000 policy may be around $200,000.

There are a number of factors that affect the amount that a policyholder could be offered, including:

  • Age of the Insured
  • Health of the Insured
  • Policy Type
  • Policy Size
  • Premium Costs
  • The Life Insurance Issuer
  • The Buyer’s Risk Profile

Here is a chart that shows an example of how health status could affect the amount a policyholder could receive for their policy in a life settlement. The exception would be an insured in their early 80’s or older that is healthy, could still qualify to sell their policy.




Very Healthy

No chronic conditions

Not eligible for sale

Some Medical Issues

Chronic but manageable conditions, such as hypertension

10%-25% of the death benefit

Serious Medical Issues

Severe conditions, such as cancer

25%-35% of the death benefit

Do I have to pay taxes if I sell my life insurance policy?

Possibly. Some of the money a policyholder could receive from a life settlement may be taxed as income or capital gains. Just like the sale of any other asset, a policyholder would likely have to pay taxes on the money they receive from a life settlement above their basis in the policy. The death benefit of a life insurance policy is tax-free to your beneficiaries.

How old do you have to be to sell your life insurance policy?

Although there is no set age range to sell your life insurance policy, you do have to qualify to sell a policy.  To be eligible to sell your life insurance policy, it is best to be over 65 years of age or have a serious medical condition. Most often the insured has a life expectancy of 15 years or less. 

When would I get paid when selling a life insurance policy?

A policyholder would receive payment as soon as the necessary documents have been signed and the insurance company provides written confirmation  that the owner and the beneficiary on the policy have been changed. It’s important to note that when selling a life insurance policy, the policyholder forfeits any money that would normally be paid when they die.

Life settlements may not work for everyone, but they’re a valuable option that many people don’t consider. If you or a client has a life insurance policy you’re planning to surrender, consider a life settlement. It might provide you with a valuable alternative. You can see if it’s a good fit by using our qualification life settlement calculator.

Did you know you can sell all or a portion of a life insurance policy, even term insurance? Selling an unwanted life insurance policy is no different than selling your car, home or any other valuable asset that will create immediate cash. Contact us today to learn more.

Leo LaGrotte
Life Settlement Advisors

Get in touch with Life Settlement Advisors today to take the first step toward converting your policy into cash.
Life Settlement Advisors
Leo LaGrotte
At Life Settlement Advisors, we strive to be a voice of confidence and assurance for our clients. Our goal is to educate you about the life settlement process so you can make an educated decision about whether it is right for you.

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