An irrevocable life insurance trust (ILIT) is a trust solution used to remove the ownership and control of a life insurance policy from an estate. Life insurance can be used to fund estate taxes and final expenses upon the death of an individual. The grantor completely gives up all rights in the property transferred to the trust and retains no rights to revoke, terminate or modify the trust in any material way.
When such a trust holds a life insurance policy, usually on the life (lives) of the grantor and/or a spouse, it is an ILIT. If withdrawal powers are given to the beneficiaries, it may also be referred to as a "Crummey trust."
Get started by reviewing the Irrevocable Life Insurance Trust Overview (PDF) (BB9616) for more details.
ILITs are used to accomplish some or all of the following objectives:
- Help meet the liquidity needs of the grantor's estate
- Help provide for the income needs of survivors
- Avoid the estate taxation of the life insurance death proceeds
- Shelter property in the trust from creditors at death
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Special Needs Trust (TR875)
Clients who have concerns about a family member with special needs should have a strong financial plan for themselves and one that provides supplemental funds for their disabled loved one who also benefits from Federal and State aid programs.
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Contingent Ownership Arrangement for Survivorship Life Insurance (BB9885)
Outlines how a contingent ownership arrangement using SUL and an ILIT works.
Crummey Power Overview
Overview of the Crummy Powers that secure the gift tax annual exclusion for annual gifts to an ILIT.
Bypass (Credit Shelter) Trust Overview
Overview of how this estate tax arrangement helps married couples fully utilize exemptions.
Marital Deduction and the QTIP Trust
Overview of how a Qualified terminable interest property (QTIP) trust can be used to transfer property without triggering estate tax or gift tax.
ILIT Trustee Checklist (BB9730)
Use this checklist with clients to review the life insurance policy owned by an irrevocable life insurance trust to ensure objectives of the trust are being met.
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ILIT Financing Strategies Comparison (Survivorship) (BB11630)
Compares the features of six financing strategies for survivorship life insurance owned by an irrevocable life insurance trust.
ILIT Financing Strategies Comparison (Single life) (BB11629)
Compares the features of six financing strategies for single life life insurance owned by an irrevocable life insurance trust.