If you have a life insurance policy, you may be able to take out a viatical settlement or loan against your policy. There are key differences between both of these options, and you should review the differences carefully to ensure you make the right choice for your situation. Here’s what you need to know.

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The Meaning of Viatical

The term “viatical” translates to “provisions for a journey.” The word describes a class of transactions that allow terminally ill patients to cash in their insurance policies early. In some cases, people refer to these products as life settlements.

How Viatical Loans Work

With viatical loans, you take out a non-secure loan against your life insurance policy at a higher than usual interest rate and additional fees. The company gives you a loan based on the value of your policy and your current health conditions. In all cases, the loan amount is reduced to account for any future life insurance premiums that still need to be paid, plus anticipated investment returns to the lender.

How Viatical Settlements Work

In contrast, viatical settlements are similar but somewhat simpler, without loan interest or origination fees to track. With a viatical settlement, a company gives you a lump sum in exchange for your life insurance policy. With this option, you get all the funds you need upfront and typically a higher payout than a loan.

If you want to set aside some money for your family or your funeral, you can do that with a lump sum payment. You don’t have to wait for the life insurance policy to cash out or hope that the loan amount exceeds the death benefit value if you “outlive” the viatical loan.

Similarities Between a Viatical Settlement And a Loan

There are also some similarities between these two products. Generally, in most cases, your credit history and credit score are not considered. These loans and settlements are based on the life insurance policy’s value and other factors listed above. They aren’t dependent on your credit score like traditional loans. These programs also don’t consider your employment status or assets.

If you want to apply for a viatical settlement, contact American Life Fund today. We have a quick and easy application process that only involves two easy forms. Then, we look at your medical records, and if you qualify, we send you documents to finalize everything.

About the Author: Lacey

Lacey is a compassionate and dedicated marketing director at American Life Fund, a leading life and viatical settlement company. Lacey has made it her mission to help patients with life-threatening illnesses and their families get the financial support they need during difficult times.

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