Completing a viatical settlement is a big decision. When you work with a viatical company, you get money in your pocket, but you also forfeit your insurance policy. Ideally, you should research this decision and think about it carefully before jumping in, but if you change your mind, you can cancel the transaction.
When Can You Change Your Mind When Working With a Viatical Company?
When you decide to work with a viatical company, you can change your mind at any point until the process is finalized. To help illustrate this point, here’s a breakdown of some of the steps in the process:
- Researching viatical companies
- Contacting companies for more information
- Receiving an estimate of the viatical settlement payout
- Talking with a counselor about the settlement process
- Applying for the viatical settlement
- Verifying the medical and policy information
- Receiving an offer for the policy
- Review and signing of the final contract
- Change of policy ownership
- Funds are wired to the client
During any of those points, you can change your mind, and that’s perfectly okay. We understand that this can be a tough and emotional time in your life, and we respect your choice to do what’s best for your family, your finances, and your personal situation.
When Is the Deal Finalized?
Once you have accepted the offer for your viatical settlement, the viatical company will send you closing documents to finalize the transaction. In this contract, the recession period, or the amount of time you have to cancel the agreement, will be specified. The deadline to cancel the settlement varies from state to state. However, typically you have 30 days from when the closing documents are signed or 15 days from when you receive funds from the viatical company, whichever date occurs first.
Can You Change Your Mind Later?
Unfortunately, once the recession period as outlined in the contract for your viatical settlement has passed, you cannot change your mind about the settlement. However, there are options you can explore before proceeding with a viatical settlement.
For instance, if you own multiple life policies, you don’t have to sell all of them when completing a viatical settlement. You can sell as many or few life policies as you like. Many people choose to sell one policy and hold on to their other policies to sell to a viatical company at a later date if needed. Some individuals choose to sell all of their policies because they no longer need them for their original use. Another option individuals choose to pursue is called a backend agreement. A backend agreement allows policy owners to retain a portion of their viatical settlement payout for their desired beneficiaries.
What If I Already Sold My Policy?
If you have already completed a settlement and have passed the deadline for cancellation, there are alternative options. For instance, you can always look into getting a new life insurance policy. Or you can use some of the settlement money to buy life insurance on other family members, which may be an alternative to think about as well.
If you have questions, please contact us directly at 877-658-1360 or you can get an instant estimate to see what your policy is worth. At American Life Fund, we have extensive experience working with people diagnosed with cancer and other life-threatening conditions. Contact us today to learn more.