Long Term Care can drastically change how quickly assets are used up during retirement. 70% of people age 65 today will need some sort of Long Term Care. The average length of care for a male is 2.2 years and the average length of care for a female is 3.7 years. The average cost of a nursing home in the U.S is $7,698.
So how much will this cost them each?
Case Study: Male Age 65
Victor, who turns 65 this year, and his spouse, Leslie, are recently retired. Leslie was a long-time executive, and Victor ran a consulting practice for many years. They share a desire to protect each other from long-term care costs with proper long-term care planning.
Leslie’s pension covers all their living expenses, including travel and discretionary purchases. Victor accumulated a sizable SEP-IRA during his consulting career and can comfortably turn to this source to fund both of their long-term care plans. The couple recognizes the biggest risk to their retirement is the potential of incurring long-term care costs.
Their advisor recommended funding two $75,000 policies each over a five year period. Both of them would pay $15,000 per year in a five-pay Lincoln MoneyGuard II policy with 3% compound inflation protection, available for an additional charge. By withdrawing $40,000 a year from Victor’s IRA, they can pay for taxes and fund the $30,000 of premiums each year. Lincoln MoneyGuard II is a universal life insurance policy with a rider that provides income tax-free reimbursements for qualified long-term care expenses.1 Below is a example of policy values for Victor. A separate projection of values can be requested for Leslie.
You can help protect you clients assets from a potential Long Term Care claim while also offering partial liquidity or a death benefit if care is never needed. These polices are used inside of a financial plan not for the IRR on the death benefit but to protect the IRR the other assets are generating.
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