Policyholders Risks on Universal Life Insurance
A hidden risk that premiums can skyrocket lies in universal life insurance. Unlike term and whole life insurance, universal life policies allow flexible premium payments but those payments can skyrocket over time leaving consumers with the poor choice of paying a much higher bill to keep the policy going or allowing the policy to lapse. The Alameda County and California insurance and financial elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represents consumers, especially seniors, who suffer losses on universal life insurance surrenders or cancellations. If you or a loved one has suffered such a loss call us today at (415)441-8669 and we can review your policy for free. We handle life insurance, annuity, and financial elder abuse cases in Alameda County and throughout California. A list of major life insurance carriers in California appears below.
Premium increases reflect the bad bets insurers made on interest rates. Carriers offered universal life policies with high teaser interest rates but after years of low interest rates following the country’s 2008 financial crisis, the carriers’ profitability declined. To compensate, carriers raised rates on insureds dramatically, blaming the increases on mortality conditions instead of their own mistake on interest rates. Policyholders see the unexpected increases as bad faith on the part of the carriers. Lawsuits have followed.
As experts point out, consumers need to understand the risks involved with these flexible premium universal life policies. Don’t count on an agent or advisor to fully explain those risks as universal life insurance, like all life insurance and annuities, are common-producing products. Always consult a professional with nothing to gain from your purchase of any life insurance or annuity and also consult your tax advisor as withdrawals, replacements, and surrenders can have adverse tax consequences for you.
If you are over 60 and surrendered a whole life or universal life insurance policy in Alameda County or elsewhere in California, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other Evans Law Firm, Inc. insurance attorneys for a free review of your policy at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:email@example.com”>firstname.lastname@example.org</a>. Our attorneys have experience with complex indexed universal and whole life policies and annuity contracts and cases against large insurance companies. We can help guide your case through a jury trial or toward an equitable settlement. We handle cases involving physical and financial elder abuse, nursing home abuse, whole life insurance and universal life insurance, and indexed, variable, and fixed annuities.
Annuities and life insurance produce large sales commissions for brokers but are often inappropriate products for consumers, especially seniors. Leading providers and distributors of life insurance and annuities, including universal life insurance and variable and fixed indexed annuities, in California are listed below. We are not in any way suggesting that any of these carriers or distributors has done anything wrong. Rather, the list is provided solely as a reference for our readers.
AIG/American General Life Insurance Company
Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America
American Equity Investment Life Insurance Company
American General Life Insurance Company/AIG
American National Life Insurance Company
Ameriprise Financial/RiverSource Life Insurance Company
Ameriprise Financial/Securities America, Inc.
Athene Annuity & life Assurance Company
Athene Annuity and Life Company
Aviva Life Insurance Company
AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company/AXA US
Bankers Life Insurance and Casualty Company
Brighthouse Financial, Inc./MetLife
Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
Crump Life Insurance Services, Inc.
CUNA Mutual Group/CMFG Life Insurance Company
EquiTrust Life Insurance Company
Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company
Forethought Life Insurance Company/Global Atlantic Financial Group
Genworth Life Insurance Company
Global Atlantic Financial Group/Forethought Life Insurance Company
Guardian Life Insurance Company
Guggenheim Partners/Security Benefit Life Insurance Company
ING USA Annuity and Life Insurance Company
Jackson National Life Insurance Company
John Hancock Life Insurance Company
Lincoln Benefit Life Company
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.
Metlife/Metropolitan Life Insurance Company/Brighthouse Financial, Inc.
Nationwide Life Insurance Company
New York Life Insurance Company
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company
Pacific Life Insurance Company
Principal Financial Group
Prudential Life Insurance Company
Raymond James Insurance Group
RiverSource Life Insurance Company/Ameriprise Financial
Securities America, Inc./Ameriprise Financial
Security Benefit Life Insurance Company/Guggenheim Partners
Symetra Life Insurance Company
Transamerica Life Insurance Company
Unum Life Insurance Company of America
Voya/Reliastar Life Insurance Company
Wells Fargo Advisors
World Financial Group Insurance Agency, Inc.