Presented by Gary Peterson
When business liquidation is the only course of action at an owner’s death, life insurance can provide the funds that make the difference between a planned liquidation and a financially-disastrous forced liquidation.
Consider the uses to which life insurance can be put in the planned liquidation of a business:
Estate Settlement – Life insurance proceeds can be used to pay estate taxes and other estate settlement costs, allowing the liquidation to proceed on an orderly basis.
Family Income – Using life insurance proceeds to provide the surviving family with a continuing income can avoid a forced liquidation of business assets for this purpose.
Working Capital – If the executor needs additional cash to temporarily operate the business, life insurance can serve as the source of that cash.
Offset Shrinkage – Even a planned liquidation will usually result in some shrinkage in value, as compared to what the business was worth as a going concern. Life insurance can be used to replace the value lost in the liquidation.
For “pennies on the dollar,” life insurance provides the cash needed to avoid a forced liquidation will be available exactly when needed — at the business owner’s death.