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Supporting Your Mental, Physical and Emotional Well-being in Challenging Times

Posted on: May 22nd, 2020 by alf_admin No Comments

Throughout the course of your life you will be faced with some extraordinary highs and some corresponding lows. You may not have pictured life to be unfolding the way it is right now and you might be facing the most difficult time of your life, mentally, physically or emotionally. However, there are ways to be proactive amidst the chaos you might feel surrounded with. Take some time to review the ways you can support your own health and well-being during this time and learn to adapt to healthy changes that can lead to a better quality of life. 


Supporting Your Mental Health

First and foremost, supporting your mental health is one of the most important yet overlooked components of handling any crisis or challenging situation. It’s easy to neglect and ignore warning signs that your body gives, signaling you to take a moment to breathe and think about how best to approach a situation. Rather than avoiding these feelings or giving into stress and anxiety, the best thing to do is take a step back and clear your head. Whether you just received life changing news, lost someone important in your life, or feel uncertain about what the future holds, there are a few steps you can take that might help you feel better in the moment. 


Immediate Solution

Many people tend to feel overwhelmed when dealt with a health crisis, loss of a loved one, or given a diagnosis that seems to look bleak. Upon receiving any bad news, you might notice your heart beating quicker, your breath shorter, and your energy increased, this is a normal human response that can be dealt with and controlled—even during a time of stress. Try to remove yourself from the room or situation and get some fresh air if you’re able to. This can immediately lower your stress levels, calm your breathing and allow your brain to catch up with what is going on in the moment. Close your eyes, focus on being present, and do some deep breathing to help relax your responding nerves. 


Long-term solution 

Educate yourself and read literature that can provide context, stories, and insights about what you are going through. For example, if you or a loved one receive a cancer diagnosis, consider what treatments are available, learn about alternative care options and financial solutions that might reduce the burden during a difficult time. Schedule a time to talk with a professional about related concerns and request actionable steps you can take that will help ease your mind. If this circumstance threatens your health or future well-being directly, revisit your life insurance policy with an online advisor who can ensure your assets and family’s future are protected should anything happen to you. Be open about your concerns in order to allow educated professionals to make honest recommendations for your future based on your particular needs. 


Supporting Your Physical Health 

Another key player in maintaining control and optimism during a challenging or stressful time is making daily efforts to improve or maintain your physical health. This is more than a short-term solution such as going for a walk or completing a workout. This means formulating a plan for the ways you can keep your body operating properly, your brain working correctly, and your heart strong enough to make the best possible decisions in the coming days or weeks. 


Immediate Solution

Any type of movement is beneficial during difficult times as your physical body has likely built up stress that needs a place to go. Movement can be in the form of walking, running, stretching, meditation, yoga, or even just simple, daily tasks if that is all your body can support at this time. If you move more, your body will start to adapt and encourage healing in the way it needs. Physical movement also helps support the mental health practices you might already be doing, and combined with an activity you enjoy, will serve as great coping strategies. 


Long-term solution 

If you want to get serious and make a real difference, begin forming new habits and scheduling time in your day to promote your physical health. Consider crafting up a healthy meal plan that offers a way to keep yourself busy, while providing your body with vitamins and minerals it might be lacking during a stressful time due to unhealthy consumption. Oftentimes, fueling your body with good foods helps provide you with energy to move in productive ways and support your need for physical activity. 


Supporting Your Emotional Health 

One other critical component to achieving a better quality of life while facing a stressful experience is accepting your feelings and welcoming an emotional response. Instead of putting pressure on yourself to feel a certain way, allow your emotions to flow, within reason, as it will likely make you feel better. There are productive and destructive ways to deal with feelings and you can take steps to better channel these emotions by helping support yourself in a positive and non-judgmental way. 


Immediate Solution

Something you can do right away to support your emotions is to talk to someone you trust that might understand or relate to what you are going through. It’s possible they might be able to offer some insights or positive ways of coping with a particular situation that you can apply to your life in the coming days. 


Long-term solution 

Getting involved socially can be very beneficial to your emotional well-being and help you reflect on what other people might be going through too. Being social and open to others might help you feel less alone and help you discover support options available. Think about joining a support group online or chatting with a therapist who might have unique suggestions to help you manage your emotions in a productive way. In addition to that, you might take this time to reconnect with people or make new friends that might understand how you are feeling as well. 


If you or a loved one is struggling to maintain a sense of normalcy in a time of stress or crisis, it’s important to be honest with the situation at large and take small steps toward improving your overall quality of life for a better tomorrow.


Senior’s Right to Know Movement Affects Viatical Settlements

Posted on: March 26th, 2019 by alf_admin No Comments

Recently, Florida passed a law requiring insurance companies to provide policyholders with disclosures related to significant changes to their life insurance policy. The new law is considered to be an important step in the Senior’s Right to Know movement. Because Florida has more senior residents than almost any other state, the area tends to be a leader in this movement, and many other states are likely to follow soon.

If you’re thinking about cashing in your life insurance policy for a viatical settlement, you may be wondering about this legislation.

How Are Viatical Settlements Affected?

A viatical settlement is when you sell your life insurance to a viatical company. These settlements are available to people with cancer and potentially another terminal diagnosis. At the time of writing, eight other states have adopted consumer disclosure acts like Florida; analysts anticipate that these laws are likely to come into play at some point.

If a disclosure law was in place in your state and you decided to pursue a viatical settlement, you might receive a notice from your insurer just making sure that you understood the change you were making as well as any potential alternatives. Florida law applies when seniors surrender their policies or let them lapse.

What Is the Difference Between a Policy Lapse or Surrender and Viatical Settlement?

When you let your policy lapse, you simply stop paying the monthly premiums, and you lose your policy. Similarly, if you surrender the policy to your insurer, you also forfeit your policy, and your heirs won’t receive anything when you die.

A viatical settlement provides an alternative to both of these options. You trade in your settlement, you receive a tax-free lump sum that you can use however you like, and you don’t have to pay any more premiums. Many cancer patients use a viatical settlement to pay for medical expenses, explore treatment not covered by their insurance plan, take time off work, go on a vacation, or cover other expenses.

What Is the Law?

Signed by Governor Scott on June 26th, 2017, the law requires life insurance companies to tell policyholders to consult licensed insurance or financial advisor if they are considering making certain changes to their policy. The law also requires insurers to give the policyholder details on where they can find more information about the changes and its effect on their policy.

What Is the Purpose of the Law?

Arguably, the purpose of these disclosures is to make seniors aware of alternatives. For instance, if a senior is letting a life insurance policy lapse or if they are surrendering it back to the insurance company, their insurer may notify them of the following alternatives:

To learn more about viatical settlements or to get a quote, contact us today. At American Life Fund, we work hard to make sure that our clients get the help they need through this difficult time.


Tips For Creating a Care Plan for Aging Parents

Posted on: March 20th, 2019 by alf_admin No Comments

For many, providing help for your aging parents can be financially, logistically, and emotionally challenging. As your parents’ age, they may reach a point where they need extra help. The good thing is there are numerous resources available to assist you and your parents in the process as they enter this new chapter of their life. We have compiled a short list of tips to help make the process of caring for your loved one easier. From the basics of knowing what to say, to exploring uncommon financial avenues, such as a viatical settlement, to meet financial obligations that arise along the journey, we highlight noteworthy points of consideration to help assist you with a smoother process in caring for your aging loved one.

1. Sit Down and Discuss

It is important to have an honest, open discussion about issues that you are aware of and ones that might come up. Both parties must be frank about their expectations. It’s easier to execute a plan for the future when everyone is on the same page.

How independent do your parents imagine themselves being when they are in the later stages of life? Is that realistic? What are their thoughts on staying in an assisted living center versus at home with their children? What level of attention will they need for day to day activities? Taking time to discuss these issues can help you plan and budget for future expenses, as well as eliminate tension that may be caused by unrealistic expectations in care.

2. Listening

It is important to understand the physical and emotional needs of your parents and address them with dignity and respect. However, it is also imperative that you consider your own limitations and be honest about them. Time, finances, and space will need to be considered when developing a plan for your parents. Those limitations do not signal a lack of care on your part. Rather, it offers what your family can reasonably handle. Many experts recommend holding a family meeting with key family members to give all family member a voice to feel equally heard.

3. Viatical Solution

When planning for long-term care for your aging parent, finances will inevitably be a topic of discussion. As you work with your aging parent to help them eliminate unnecessary expenses, you may consider letting their life insurance policy lapse to eliminate the cost of premiums. However, a life insurance policy can actually serve as a means for attaining cash now through a viatical settlement. In a viatical settlement, an individual sells their existing life insurance policy to a third party for more than its surrender value but less than its net death benefit, for cash now. Your loved one’s existing life insurance policy may hold the key when it comes to receiving funds to pay off various expenses such as medical bills, future cancer treatments, living expenses, and medications.

4. Remember to be Flexible

Life is unpredictable, especially for caregivers. If your parent has a stroke or your dad develops late-stage cancer, you’re not going to say, “It’s 7 p.m. and I’m done for the day. Someone else can meet them at the hospital and make all the arrangements.” All the planning in the world cannot account for how or when your loved one’s needs will increase. So, fine-tuning your boundaries so that they mesh with the ever-evolving reality of your situation is crucial.

Building some flexibility into your schedule and the care plan is important, but where it really matters is being open to all sources of help. You must be willing and able to step away and let someone else take over from time to time.

The fact of the matter is that one person cannot possibly do it all.

American Life Fund Can Help

It’s important to understand that as your loved one’s needs increase, the importance of your own needs and those of your family does not diminish. This means exploring all avenues for financial assistance, reaching out to relatives for help, or seeking communities that can better meet the needs of your parents.

At American Life Fund, we help make life easier on individuals burdened financially through viatical settlements. To learn more about our services or to get a quote, contact us today.


Why American Life Fund is The Top Viatical Settlement Company

Posted on: February 8th, 2019 by alf_admin No Comments

When faced with a cancer diagnosis, viatical settlements can help you achieve the financial freedom you need and deserve. Unfortunately, cancer often brings along a heavy dosage of financial stresses — patients lose income, medical bills pile up, loved ones take off work to provide care, travel costs are incurred, and other expenses also add to the stress. With a viatical settlement, you can turn your life insurance policy into cash, providing financial relief.

However, once you decide on a viatical settlement, you need to choose a settlement company. Here is a look at why American Life Fund is the top viatical settlement company.

Focused on Viatical Settlements

Choosing a company that specializes in viatical settlements is critical to the viatical settlement process. Selecting a specialized viatical settlement company will increase your overall experience and ensure that you receive the highest offer possible. Since American Life Fund specializes in working with individuals who have been diagnosed with a late stage cancer or life threatening illness, our professional staff is specifically trained to handle your case with sensitivity, expertise, and care. Not only is American Life Fund specialized in understanding and meeting our customer’s emotional needs, because we specialize in viatical settlements, our medical underwriters are experts in cancers and life-threatening diseases, allowing us to give you the highest offer possible for your policy, with the quickest turnaround time.

Devoted to Quality Client Services

At American Life Fund, we are fully devoted to providing our clients with quality customer service. We work diligently to ensure that all viatical settlements are as stress-free as possible so that you can focus on what matters most in your life.

To simplify the process, every client speaks directly with our Vice President of Sales who manages all aspects of the viatical settlement process. This reduces the stress of a viatical settlements by eliminating the need for you have to explain your situation repeatedly to multiple staff members to bring them up to speed. With other companies you will likely face long hold times, impersonalized attention, and the increased likelihood of miscommunication among multiple team members. Our proven individualized process gives clients a stress-free, quality experience they deserve.

Committed to Fair and Generous Offers

Another key factor in viatical settlements, is the offer. Viatical settlement offers are typically based on a number of factors, with the insured’s health being the largest factor in the offer. Since American Life Fund specializes in working with individuals who have cancer and life-threatening illnesses, we are able to present our clients with offers that are significantly higher than the industry average. Furthermore, since we cut out the middle man by working directly with our clients, our clients are able to pocket more money by eliminating the cost of a broker fee, which is generally a hefty fee deducted from your offer. In choosing a viatical settlement company, you want to ensure you get the highest offer possible. At American Life Fund, we stand committed to providing our clients with fair and generous offers.

Easy Process

At American Life Fund, we strive to make the viatical settlement process as easy as possible for our clients, right from the start to the very end. While other companies complicate the process with lengthy applications and added unnecessary work from their clients, we eliminate headaches and simplify the application process with a simple two-page application that typically takes clients less than ten minutes to complete.

Upon receipt of your application, our underwriting team will request, follow up, and pay for copies of your medical records. This frees up your valuable time and energy. Many times clients have difficulty locating a copy of their policy. In these situations, we go above and beyond in assisting you with obtaining a copy of your policy.

Lastly, we understand that each client’s needs are different. That is why we simplify the payment process by giving our clients the option to receive their viatical settlement funds in the form of a wire transfer or a check.

A Caring Attitude

We, at American Life Fund, understand the importance of giving back to others. That is why we stand committed to serving the needs of others in ways beyond viatical settlements. One way we do this is by continuously seeking out new ways to support non-profit organizations that assist families and individuals affected by cancer. Over the years we have sponsored and participated in numerous events such as the Colorectal Cancer Alliance Undy Run and the Atlanta Cancer Care Foundation 5k Feather Run. Additionally, for every individual that completes a viatical settlement process with us, we offer to donate $500 to a cancer non-profit of their choice. Through actions like this, we strive to support the cancer community any way we can.

Quick Payments to Help With a Range of Expenses

Time is always precious, but it feels especially precious when you are facing cancer or another life-threatening diagnosis. At American Life Fund, we understand this and work diligently to ensure that our clients receive their funds as quickly as possible. The industry average processing time for viatical settlements is 30 days or greater, however since we have an onsite medical underwriting team that specializes in viatical settlements, we are able to expedite the underwriting process significantly, with most settlements completed in as little as 1-2 weeks. Our quick processing time helps ensure that our clients receive the financial relief they deserve as soon as possible.

Long History of Happy Clients

American Life Fund has consistently ranked high in overall client satisfaction surveys. We generally find that our client testimonials speak for themselves. From the ease of the process, to the caring and dedicated team at American Life Fund, along with competitive offers, we hear countless reasons as to why of our clients say they would recommend us to a friend or loved one for a viatical settlement. We remain dedicated to going above and beyond to ensure our clients are highly satisfied, making the process of viatical settlements as smooth and stress-free as possible.

Are you struggling with cancer? Do you need financial assistance? Do you want to make the most of your life insurance? Contact us today via our simple form or by reaching us at 877-959-5855 to learn how we can help.


How a Viatical Settlement Keeps Your Financial Goals on Track

Posted on: January 10th, 2019 by alf_admin No Comments

A viatical settlement is when you sell your life insurance to a third party. Instead of waiting until death to receive a payment from your life insurance company, you get access to the funds right away. Generally, to qualify for a viatical settlement, you need to have a life threatening illness, and for most people, that is cancer.

Although you can use the funds anyway you like, many people decide to use viatical settlements to cover the cost of their medical bills. Using your settlement for those expenses helps you to stay on track financially with the rest of your goals. Here’s a look at just a few of the ways a settlement can help you financially.


Offers Continued Access to Current Healthcare Providers

Legally, the only medical entity that is required to see you, regardless of whether or not you can pay is the emergency room (ER). Unfortunately, medical clinics, private doctors, and even oncology units in hospitals can refuse to treat you unless you have the means to make payments. Typically, insurance helps with that process, but even if you are well insured, you are likely to have copays or deductibles.

To keep seeing your medical team, you usually need to stay on top of your payments. If you don’t make timely payments, some clinics may refuse to provide additional medical care to you. When you use a viatical settlement to cover your bills, you ensure that you can maintain access to your current care providers.


Helps With Mortgage or Rent

When you’re juggling lots of medical bills, you may have trouble staying on top of your other financial obligations. In particular, many people may struggle to pay their largest bills, and for most people, that is your monthly rent or mortgage payment. As you know, if you can’t stay up to date on your mortgage, you risk going into default and facing foreclosure. Similarly, if you can’t make rent payments, you may face eviction, and depending on the laws in your area, that process can be a lot faster than going into foreclosure and losing your home.

One option with a viatical settlement is to use the funds to pay for medical bills, so that personal funds can be used to pay for rent or mortgage. However, since funds are unregulated, the funds may also be used to pay for rent or mortgage directly, relieving you of the stress of worrying about a roof over your head.


Allows You to Keep Paying Your Bills

organizations that help cancer patients financiallyIn addition to paying your biggest bills, a viatical settlement can also help you to stay current on your smaller bills. After you use the viatical settlement to cover your medical bills, you can easily use the rest of your funds for electricity, natural gas, car payments, car insurance, and any other small bills that you have. Keep in mind that you deserve to be comfortable. Battling cancer can be physically and emotionally draining, and if you can afford to, you may want to treat yourself to “extras” such as cable TV, streaming services, or even leasing a nicer car.


Gives You the Financial Flexibility to Try Experimental Treatments

There are no restrictions on how you can use a viatical settlement. You can use the funds for traditional medical care, but you can also use your settlement to try experimental treatments. Whether you need to travel to other countries, pay for doctors who aren’t covered by your insurance plan, try supplements, or explore experimental treatments in other ways, a viatical settlement can help you with those extra costs and considerations.


Lets You Take Time Off Work

Tragically, many people have to work through their cancer treatments. If you’re short on funds, you may end up forcing yourself to go into work regardless of how you feel. That can be hard emotionally, physically, mentally, spiritually, and on countless other levels. However, when you get some extra money for a viatical settlement, you can get some financial relief, and hopefully, you can stay on top of your financial goals while also taking some time off from work.


Helps Caretakers Take Time Off Work

viatical settlementIn that same vein, if you have a full-time caregiver, they may need some relief from their 9-5 job. A viatical settlement can help them to take time off work as well. Depending on your situation, you may want to pay them for taking care of you or you may want to cover some of their bills so they don’t have to work.


Provides Relief From Insurance Premiums

A viatical settlement can also help you get a bit of relief from your insurance premiums. When you are ill and struggling to make ends meet, you may be tempted to stop paying bills that don’t seem necessary, and for some people, life insurance may fall on that list. However, if you quit paying your premiums, you won’t get any benefits from your plan. Instead, if you opt for a viatical settlement, you get the payout from your insurance right away, and the company that gives you the settlement takes over your premiums.


Doesn’t Put Your Family’s Life on Hold

When someone has cancer, it affects their entire family. Often, their family members may have to put their hopes and dreams on hold to take care of the person with cancer or because of financial struggles. When you use a viatical settlement to provide some financial relief to your family, your loved ones don’t necessarily have to put anything on hold. Instead, they can go to college, keep working on their new business, build a new home, or whatever big goals you are working on right now.


Viatical settlements can sound confusing, but they are relatively straightforward, especially if you work with the right company. At American Life Fund, we make the process as fast and easy as possible. Start by getting an estimate today or contact us to learn more.


The Cost of Cancer in 2019: How a Viatical Settlement Company Can Help

Posted on: December 19th, 2018 by alf_admin No Comments

The cost to treat cancer is so staggering in the United States that the National Institute of Health projects annual spending associated with cancer costs to be $158 billion by 2020. And for patients, as the cancer grows, so do the costs associated with treating it. Cancer treatment expenses increase exponentially as the disease progresses in patients. One solution to assist with these heavy expenses is to work with a viatical settlement company. They allow you to obtain immediate funds through the sale of your life insurance policy.

The Cost to Treat the Top Cancers

Cancer does not discriminate. Any person can get cancer in any area of their body. Below are the leading types of cancer and the National Cancer Institute’s projected cost of treatment for 2019-2020 for these cancer types.

Living with cancer is not only emotionally and physically devastating, it can quickly drain a family’s finances as well. It is no surprise that people with cancer file for bankruptcy at two and one-half times the rate as people who do not have cancer. Working with a viatical settlement company like American Life Fund can provide you and your family the funds you need and save you from the financial stress that comes with a cancer diagnosis.

The Types of Expenses That Viaticals Cover

Viatical settlements cover a wide variety of expenses including:

What to Expect When You Work with a Viatical Settlement Company

The viatical settlement process is relatively simple. You provide initial information about your medical status and life insurance policy. Then, the company verifies this information and provides you with an offer for your policy. Once accepted, your receive funds in 1-2 weeks.

To get started, complete our simple form to find out immediately if you qualify. You can also call us toll-free at 877-421-0148 to find out if you qualify or to learn more about how the viatical process works.


How Viatical Settlement Taxation Affects Your 2018 Finances

Posted on: December 12th, 2018 by alf_admin No Comments

The term viatical settlement refers to a person with cancer or other life-threatening disease selling his or her life insurance policy in exchange for immediate cash. The person selling the policy can then use the proceeds to pay for medical treatments, living expenses, or any other costs they may have. This type of transaction can provide a large amount of financial relief to individuals with a serious illness. However, as with all large transactions, it’s important to know the answers to key viatical settlement taxation questions before proceeding.

Who is Eligible for a Viatical Settlement?

There are a few criteria you must meet in order to qualify for a viatical settlement. You must have a life-threatening disease such as cancer, ALS, or Alzheimer’s to be eligible to sell your life insurance policy. Additionally, it must hold a value of at least $100,000, and you need to be a legal resident of the United States. Some viatical companies have additional qualifications but these are the basic qualifiers.

Viatical Settlement Taxation Implications

The legal definition of a viatical settlement refers to when an individual with a life expectancy of 24 months or less sells their policy to a third-party for immediate funds. The law deems that individuals that fall within this projected life expectancy, should not be burdened with additional taxes when completing a viatical. Therefore, if a doctor or the actuary firm used by the viatical company you’re working with deem that you have a life expectancy of 24 months or less, the entire settlement is free from any taxation.

Even if the insured lives past their projected life expectancy of 24 months or less, the proceeds from the settlement are still completely tax-free.

Viatical Settlements and Estate Taxes

In most situations, all property that a person owns at the time of his or her death becomes part of an estate subject to taxation. This includes life insurance policies.

However, viatical settlement taxation is different because it involves no gifting or estate planning. Therefore, the face value of the life insurance policy involved in the viatical settlement is not included in the overall taxation value of the estate even when the sale occurs shortly before death. However, the proceeds from the sale may be included in the taxable estate if not spent, given away, or disposed of in another manner prior to the insured’s death.

Keep in mind, these are basic guidelines for how taxation may affect your settlement. If you have more questions in regards to viatical taxation, make sure to consult a specialist in this area such as your tax advisor for additional information.

American Life Fund has worked with hundreds of cancer patients to help them achieve financial freedom. To find out if your policy is eligible for a viatical settlement, complete our simple form. Or, if you would like to learn more about how American Life Fund can assist with your financial needs, give us a call at 877-226-9836. We look forward to working with you!


Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month: How a Viatical Settlement Can Help

Posted on: November 13th, 2018 by alf_admin No Comments

November is pancreatic cancer awareness month. Every year, about 55,440 people are diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and 44,330 people die of this cancer. That equates to about 152 diagnoses and 121 deaths per day. Although pancreatic cancer only accounts for about 3% of all cancer in the country, it is one of the most deadly, responsible for 7% of all cancer deaths. To fight this deadly disease, some patients turn to a viatical settlement which can help in a number of ways.

Taking Care of Yourself

One of the most important reasons people turn to a viatical settlement is so that they have the resources to take care of themselves. In this vein, pancreatic cancer patients use viatical settlements to cover medical treatments, explore alternative treatments, and travel to medical appointments. It also allows you to afford some items to make you more comfortable and help alleviate your discomfort such as massages or other treatments.

Covering Time Off Work

Sadly, many cancer patients have to continue working through the experience, but if you take out a viatical settlement, you can use the funds to cover the cost of taking time off from work. Some patients even use the funds to retire early. Similarly, if you have a loved one helping you, you can also use the funds to help them take time off from work. You may want to extend them money to cover their bills, travel with you to medical appointments, or pay for other expenses.

Reducing Financial Stress

When you have pancreatic cancer, you need to be able to focus on your healing journey and spending time with your family. That seemingly straightforward task can seem daunting when you are dealing with a lot of financial stress, as well as your health issues. However, when you cash out your life insurance fund using a viatical settlement, you can instantly alleviate a lot of your financial stress.

Spending Time With Family

Viatical settlements don’t just have to be used to pay for bills. Instead, they can be used to help create precious memories. Patients can use the settlement to pay for a luxury vacation, to allow multiple people to take time off work without worry, or to cover the costs of a big family get together.

Paying Off the Home

Sometimes, patients use the funds to pay off their home. This allows them to not have to worry about making mortgage payments while they are ill. Also, once their home is paid off, they know that they don’t have to worry about ever losing their home and their family will always have a place to stay.

Getting Peace of Mind

Extra funds provide peace of mind when you have pancreatic cancer. If you have pancreatic cancer, we may be able to help you. Our viatical settlements turn your life insurance policy into a one-time, tax-free cash payment. To learn more call us at 877-226-9836 or instantly see if you qualify.



Common Myths About Viatical Settlements

Posted on: October 31st, 2018 by alf_admin No Comments

Prior to doing their research, many people have assumptions about what viatical settlements are and how they work. That’s why it’s important to make sure you have all the facts before proceeding with a viatical settlement. Instead of sifting through tons of information, read this guide that debunks common viatical settlement myths.

Myth #1: Viatical Settlements Are Expensive

Truth: When you work with a viatical settlement broker, obtaining a settlement carries some costs. Brokers get a variety of settlement offers from different companies, and in exchange for that service, they charge you a fee. That can drive up the total cost and potentially even make the process expensive.

At American Life Fund, we cut out the middle man. We work directly with our clients which means we don’t charge any extra fees so you don’t have to worry about unexpected expenses. When we offer a settlement, you get the full amount of the offer.

Myth #2: Viatical Settlements Offer an Unfair Amount

Truth: Viatical settlements offer a fair amount. The amount you receive varies based on the value of your life insurance policy, your age, and your diagnosis. We work hard to ensure that our clients get the highest amount possible.

Plus when you take out a viatical settlement, the entire amount is tax-free. In contrast, other financial options are taxed as income or come with high interest rates.

Myth #3: Viatical Settlements Are Time Consuming

Truth: The settlement process can take different amounts of time, depending on which company you hire. However, at American Life Fund, we work hard to make the process as fast as possible. While some companies can take months to get you your settlement, we get funds into our client’s hands in as little as one week.

Myth #4: Viatical Settlements Are Stressful

Cancer is stressful. On top of the physical toll, the financial stress that comes with cancer can be completely overwhelming. Obtaining a viatical settlement helps to reduce these stresses. If you check out testimonials from our clients, you see all the different ways viatical settlements help to reduce the stressors that come with a cancer diagnosis.

Myth #5: Viatical Settlements Require Lots of Paperwork

Truth: Again, we make the application process as easy as possible for our clients. Because we need recent medical records and policy details to verify your information, we ask you to send any of these that you already have. And if you don’t have this information, we retrieve it for you.

In terms of paperwork that requires your completion during the viatical settlement process, you fill out the initial, one-page application to get started and you review and sign the contract at the end. That’s it.

We understand that living with cancer is an extremely stressful time. We designed a process that minimizes stress to help our clients have the best and most seamless experience possible. To learn more, call us today at 877-960-2352 or instantly see if you qualify with our simple, two-step form.


How a Viatical Benefits Caregivers

Posted on: October 29th, 2018 by alf_admin No Comments

When many people think of viatical settlements, they imagine the ways the settlements can help the individual with cancer. But viatical settlements offer benefits that can help the entire family and anyone around the patient. Here’s a look at just some of the ways a viatical settlement can benefit family caregivers.

Reduces Stress on Caregivers

Being a caregiver to a friend or relative with cancer is more than just a physical job. It can also be extremely emotional and stressful. Although a viatical settlement doesn’t take away all of that burden, it eliminates many financial challenges, and in turn, that financial relief can help the caregiver to experience less stress.

Helps With Patient Stress

Many caregivers experience psychological despair as they watch their loved ones suffer. Studies show that family caregivers, in particular, often have a lot of trouble processing the emotions they feel when their loved one has been diagnosed with cancer. Those complicated emotions get even tougher to process as the patient deals with recurring bouts of cancer. Caregivers also struggle as they watch the patient suffer from a myriad of symptoms and decline physically.

Of course, all of this is compounded by financial stresses. If the caregiver knows that the patient can’t pay their bills, if debt collectors are constantly calling on the phone, or if the patient is turned away from some clinics due to inability to pay, that all increases stress for the patient, which is hard on the caregiver. When a viatical settlement helps to reduce the stress that the patient is likely to be feeling, it benefits the caregiver as well. This fact is especially true in situations where the caregivers are emotionally tied to the individual with cancer.

Time Off Work

On a practical level, a viatical settlement can help a caregiver to take time off work. Cancer patients can use the funds from a viatical settlement in any way they choose, and many patients opt to use the money to help their caregivers take extra time off work. Many people can’t afford a leave of absence unless they have extra help to cover bills and living expenses. On top of that, cancer patients often need to travel to access care and can’t always travel alone. A viatical settlement allows caregivers to take the time necessary to care for their loved one and to travel with them when needed.

Respite Care

Taking care of someone with cancer is draining. Many caregivers are with their relatives 24/7. They sacrifice their careers, time with other family members, and even their personal health to take care of their loved one. They need breaks, but they often feel guilty for taking breaks. If they can get past the guilt, there are logistical hurdles.

They need someone who understands how to care for their loved one, and that typically means hiring a professional nurse or a respite caregiver with experience. When a cancer patient gets a viatical settlement, they can use some of the proceeds to hire respite care and give their caregivers a much needed break.

If you have cancer, a viatical settlement can help you, but working with viatical settlement companies can also help your caregiver. To get more information or to instantly see if you qualify, complete our form or call us at 877-658-1360.