Jul 1, 2019 by |

San Francisco and California Annuities and Financial Elder Abuse Attorney: Annuities and Retirement Savings

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Keeping Retirement Savings for Yourself

Avoid Deferred Annuities With Fees and Surrender Charges

The closer you get to retiring the more you try and save for the future. While saving as much as you can is important, where you put those savings is equally important. Insurance agents, financial advisors, brokers, and retirement planners push annuities and life insurance as good retirement savings vehicles, especially in volatile markets.  Don’t buy it. The San Francisco annuity, securities fraud and financial elder abuse attorneys at Evans Law Firm, Inc. represent[1] individuals who have lost retirement savings in annuities, life insurance, and other unsuitable investments.  Most of the victims we represent are seniors.  If an agent or broker has sold you an inappropriate product such as life insurance or an annuity or you are the victim of securities fraud and you’re over 60 and live in California, call us today at (415441-8669 and we can help.

Your hard-earned savings are yours. Don’t buy into commission-driven products like life insurance and deferred annuities that line other people’s pockets and leave you holding the bag. Avoid high-pressure sales seminars and promises of guarantees too good to be true – they always are.  If you are considering an annuity here are some tips you should keep in mind:

  • Pay attention to annual maintenance costs. Yearly fees can eliminate advertised returns. One investment website (financialmentor.com) estimates that variable annuities can cost 50-100 percent more in fees and surrender charges than other mutual fund options.
  • Avoid contracts that offer a premium bonus. This is a phantom benefit that neither you nor your heirs are ever likely to realize.
  • Know that annuities are illiquid; withdrawals are subject to surrender charges and tax penalties.
  • Consult your tax professional before you buy; tax deferment does not mean no taxes. Gains on annuities are taxed as normal income – not at the lower capital gains rates – upon withdrawal.
  • Agents receive a big upfront sales commission on whatever they sell you.
  • Review any proposal with a professional with nothing to gain from your purchase.

Our litigation practice has taught us that annuities and life insurance are complicated, expensive, dangerously illiquid, and disappoint consumers once the policies – and annual charges and actual returns – kick in. Direct market returns through tax-deferred IRAs and 401(k)s historically outpace returns on annuities and are much less complex.  Also working for you is your Social Security benefit which is an inflation-adjusted creditworthy annuity far superior to anything offered in the marketplace. There are lots of other ways to benefit from tax deferred savings without tying up your money in an expensive annuity. If you are considering an annuity, always consult your tax advisor and an investment professional with nothing to gain from a sale.

Contact Us

If you are over 60 and live in San Francisco or elsewhere in California and have been sold an inappropriate or unsuitable investment product or suffered loss as the result of securities fraud or on an annuity or life insurance surrender or replacement, contact Ingrid M. Evans and the other annuity and financial elder abuse attorneys at the Evans Law Firm for a free review of your policy at (415) 441-8669, or by email at <a href=”mailto:info@evanslaw.com”>info@evanslaw.com</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 also 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 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.  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 International Group, Inc. (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

Athene USA

Aviva Life Insurance Company

AXA Equitable Financial Services, LLC

AXA Equitable Life Insurance Company/AXA US

AXA Advisors, LLC

Bankers Life Insurance and Casualty Company

Berkshire Hathaway Group

Berkshire Hathaway Life Insurance Company of Nebraska

Brighthouse Financial, Inc./MetLife

Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.

Crump Life Insurance Services, Inc.

CUNA Mutual Group/CMFG Life Insurance Company

Delaware Life Insurance Company

EquiTrust Life Insurance Company

Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company

Forethought Life Insurance Company/Global Atlantic Financial Group

Genworth Financial, Inc.

Genworth Life and Annuity Insurance Company

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

Lincoln Financial Group

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company

Merrill Lynch Life Agency Inc.

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

Minnesota Life Insurance Company

National Life Group

National Life Insurance Company/Equity Services, Inc.

National Western Life Insurance Company

Nationwide Life Insurance Company

New York Life Insurance Company

North American Company for Life and Health Insurance

Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company

Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company

Oxford Life Insurance Company

Pacific Life Insurance Company

Principal Financial Group

Prudential Life Insurance Company

Raymond James Insurance Group

Reliance Standard Life Insurance Company/Tokio Marine Group

RiverSource Life Insurance Company/Ameriprise Financial

Securities America, Inc./Ameriprise Financial

Security Benefit Group, Inc.

Security Benefit Life Insurance Company/Guggenheim Partners

Security Investors, LLC

The Standard Life Insurance Company

Symetra Financial Corporation

Symetra Life Insurance Company

Transamerica Life Insurance Company

The United States Life Insurance Company in the City of New York

 Unum Life Insurance Company of America

 USAA Life Insurance Company

The Variable Annuity Life Insurance Company

 Voya/Reliastar Life Insurance Company

Wells Fargo Advisors

Western & Southern Financial Group

The Western & Southern Life Insurance Company

 World Financial Group Insurance Agency, Inc.

[1] While we do not provide tax or investment advice at Evans Law Firm, we do represent consumers who have suffered losses from fraud, inappropriate investments sold to them by agents and brokers, and other misconduct.

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