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Jul 20, 2022 by |

Riverside County Financial Elder Abuse And Annuity Attorney: Beware Elders And Retirees: Deferred Annuities Are A Poor Choice For Seniors

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Be Cautious About Retirement Planning Seminars

Deferred Annuities Are Complex, Expensive Insurance Policies

Surrender Charges On Withdrawals

Marketing for deferred annuities is often directed toward those planning to leave the workplace in the near future.  Unions, trade groups, investment advisory firms, insurance agents and others may invite soon-to-be-retired workers to “seminars” billed as retirement planning conferences.  In reality, these sessions may be the opening move in an attempt to sell attendees deferred annuities. Evans Law Firm, Inc. generally recommends against certain types of deferred annuities for older consumers because these complex, expensive insurance policies may tie up a senior’s money for years and impose significant penalties if you need your money back. Further disadvantages for seniors are low returns, high commissions and annual fees and the long delay (surrender period) before you will ever receive any income payments.   Even if you are able to wait out the surrender period (which can be 10 or more years), the upfront sales commission (taken out of your premium) and annual fees incurred while you wait for the payment period to begin may diminish the return on your money.  Questionable or incomplete sales tactics and presentations and the policies themselves may constitute violations of insurance laws and elder protections. Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15610.30 (definition of financial elder abuse); Cal. Ins. § 790 et seq. (Unfair Insurance Practices Act).  Relief for injured seniors includes awards of attorneys’ fees and expenses for bringing your case.  Cal. Welf. & Inst. Code § 15657.5.  If you are over 60, live in Riverside County or elsewhere in the State of California and own a deferred annuity, call us today at 415-441-8669 (or toll free at 1-888-50EVANS) for a free review of your policy. 

Dangers of Deferred Annuities For Seniors

Older consumers should keep the following key points in mind and think long and hard before allowing an insurance agent to sell them a deferred annuity:

  • Annuities are long-term contracts with penalties (surrender charges) if you need your money back.  Anytime you withdraw money from a deferred annuity in the first several years of your policy, a surrender charge will apply to any withdrawal above a minimal penalty-free amount. Surrender fees are often as high as 15% and can apply for periods up to ten years or more.
  • Annuities require you to lose control over your money.  Because you are locked into an annuity due to the surrender charges for pulling out, you cannot personally manage your money.  With a mutual fund or individual stock and bond portfolio and bank deposits you can move your money around as the market changes or interest rates move.  You can’t do that with money in an annuity.
  • Annuities incur annual fees. Annuities are costly compared with mutual funds and CDs. In addition to the upfront sales commission, there are annual administrative charges and rider fees (for policy “enhancements”) that are taken out of your funds every year regardless of whether you are receiving interest on your money or not.

Contact Us

If you are over 60 and live in Riverside County or elsewhere in the State of California and have a deferred annuity or universal life insurance contract, we can review your contract for free.  You can reach Ingrid M. Evans at Evans Law Firm, Inc. at (415) 441-8669, or toll free at 1-888-50EVANS or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</a>.

Some significant issuers and distributors of fixed, variable and fixed indexed deferred annuities in California are listed below.  We are not in any way suggesting that any of these carriers or distributors has done anything wrong.  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 International Group, Inc. (AIG)

American National Life Insurance Company

Athene Annuity & Life Assurance Company

Athene Annuity and Life Company

Athene USA

Aviva Life Insurance Company

AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company/AXA US

AXA Advisors, LLC

Brighthouse Financial, Inc./MetLife

EquiTrust Life Insurance Company

Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company

Genworth Financial, Inc.

Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company

Genworth Life Insurance Company

Guggenheim Partners, LLC

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

Lincoln Financial Group

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Metlife/Metropolitan Life Insurance Company/Brighthouse Financial, Inc.

Minnesota Life Insurance Company

Nationwide Investor Services Corporation (NISC)

Nationwide Life and Annuity Insurance Company

Nationwide Life Insurance Company

New York Life Insurance Company

Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company

Pacific Life & Annuity Company

Pacific Life Insurance Company

PacLife

Security Benefit Corporation

Security Benefit Group, Inc.

Security Benefit Life Insurance Company/Guggenheim Partners

Security Investors, LLC

Security of Denver Life Insurance Company/Voya

Transamerica Life Insurance Company

Voya Financial Advisors

Voya/Reliastar Life Insurance Company

World Financial Group Insurance Agency, Inc.

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