DuPont Wealth - November 2019


Life insurance is a great way to look after your loved ones. You can support them in life with the confidence that they will not be left out in the cold after you’re gone. A big part of this peace of mind stems from the fact that proceeds from a life insurance policy will be tax-free — giving your beneficiaries the full benefit of your policy. But this “fact” isn’t exactly set in stone. Without proper planning, your life insurance may subject your entire estate to higher taxes. EXCEPTIONSTOTHE RULE Normally, death proceeds are not considered taxable income to your beneficiaries. However, if at the time of your death your estate is your designated beneficiary , this rule no longer applies. The same is true if you retained incidents of ownership in your policy, such as the right to any cash values, the naming of beneficiaries, and the right to take out policy loans. In either case, the proceeds of your policy will likely be included in your estate for federal estate tax purposes. WHYTHIS HAPPENS There are a few limited reasons why you would name your estate as the beneficiary to your own life insurance policy, or else retain incidence of ownership. Primarily, you would choose to do this when you have the need for a complex distribution of the proceeds from your policy. For example, you may have children from a previous marriage you want to support, along with your current spouse. However, it’s far more common for an estate to be listed as a beneficiary accidentally . A COSTLY MISTAKE Many proceeds wind up getting assigned to a policyholder’s estate because the holder simply didn’t update their paperwork.

When a named beneficiary dies before the policyholder, most plans default back to their estate. Many people simply forget to update their plan after their beneficiary passes, leaving their loved ones to pick up the pieces once they’re gone.

If you haven’t reviewed your life insurance policy for some time, it never hurts to dust it off and ensure all the information still fits your goals.



Inspired by Bon Appétit

There are countless ways to prepare potatoes, but not all are created equal. For irresistibly crunchy outsides and deliciously creamy insides, try this recipe. The result is sure to be the star side at your Thanksgiving table.


5 lbs russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

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8 cloves garlic, crushed 2 sprigs rosemary Kosher salt, to taste

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1/4 cup vegetable oil


1. Heat oven to 425 F. 2. In a large pot, pour water over potatoes to cover by 2 inches. Salt water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes. 3. Thoroughly drain potatoes and let stand for 10 minutes. Toss gently and season with salt. 4. Meanwhile, combine both oils in a large pan and heat in oven for 10 minutes. 5. Remove pan from oven and add potatoes, turning to coat thoroughly. Return to oven and cook for 30 minutes, turning every 10. 6. Toss in garlic and rosemary and finish cooking for 8–10 minutes. 7. Drain and serve.

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