Purchase Timeline- The entire process should take from 7-10 weeks depending in large part on the responsiveness of the insured's physicians, independent medical review firms and the insurance carrier.
Purchases are often completed much quicker; in fact ViaSource has completed several transactions in less than 7 days in an attempt to prevent foreclosure activities. The "process" can be divided into 3 stages, and they are as follows:
This stage usually takes 3-7 days. The insured completes an application and forwards the application, medical records and insurance policy information to ViaSource. The application includes a request for personal information, a medical release form so ViaSource can either obtain or assist in obtaining medical records and a policy release form so we can retrieve policy information from the insurance carrier.
This is the most lengthy stage in the process and can take up to 6 weeks. Once medical records are received they are briefly reviewed internally before being sent to independent review firms. The turn around time at these firms varies from 15-40 days depending on case flow. Policy information is also reviewed during this time but typically takes 1-2 days.
BID CLOSING STAGE
With completion of the "analysis stage" ViaSource determines whether or not the policy is one that can be purchased and offers a price to the policyowner. If the bid is accepted closing documents are “FedEx.ed” to the policyowner for review and signatures. Once ViaSource has received the completed closing documents the purchase funds are placed into escrow and the ownership and beneficiary are filed with the carrier immediately. From the time ViaSource receives the completed closing documents, the entire process should take roughly 14-20 days to fund the purchase.
What You Need to Know
Before you, a loved one or a friend attempts to sell a policy there are a number of things you should know. These are some of the "old tricks" to watch out for.
WHO IS ACTUALLY BUYING MY POLICY?
Many purchasers aren't - they're simply middlemen that will collect the information needed for the purchase and pass it on to the actual purchaser at a marked up price.
Ask the purchaser for disclosure of his source of funds and who will own the policy and its beneficial rights. If the information is not immediately disclosed find a legitimate purchaser.
"WE HAVE NEW UNDERWRITING..."
Except in very limited situations where the insured has provided updated medical records - There is NO SUCH THING. There are companies that will give a "low ball" offer to buy a policy. When the sales process begins to slow down or the policy owner receives a higher offer, these companies always come back with the response "we have some new underwriting that will allow us to pay more." There is no "new underwriting." The purchaser was taking advantage of the policy owner and got caught.
"SHOW ME THE MONEY"
Before you waste a minute of time, demand the purchaser prove they have the funds for the purchase. This "proof of funds" should come from a reputable banking institution - NOT a local attorney or accountant. "Would be" purchasers often don't have the money to fund the transaction; they're simply passing the policy on to someone else for a marked up price. When pushed to provide proof of funds they often provide a letter from a local attorney; if anything at all.
Confirm that the money is in an escrow account with a reputable banking institution - any hesitation in providing the proof of funds is the first sign the purchaser is not legitimate!
MAKE SURE THE SALE CAN BE RESCINDED
In most states the seller of any asset has the right to change his/her mind and rescind (reverse) the sale. With the sale of life insurance policies this rescission period is normally 15 days. Never sign a sale agreement that does not provide a rescission period. This is an old trick played by some companies to force the seller to complete the transaction - usually for a lower price than fair market value.
The below purchase parameters are those used by ViaSource. Other licensed funding entities may have different parameters.
MIN. FACE AMOUNT
MAX. POLICY AMOUNT
$5 million - will consider more on a case by case basis
INSURANCE CARRIER RATING
"A" or better by any of the Rating Agencies
LIFE EXPECTANCY RANGE
2 - 96 months (Regardless of Illness)
Universal Life, Variable Life, Term, Whole Life, Adjustable Life, Group Life, Survivorship Life and Joint First to Die, FEGLI
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