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Your assets should be well protected to ensure a secure and stable operating environment for your business. You cannot afford to lose a strategic resource that creates wealth and security for you and your dependants.
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The capital structure of a business usually includes loans from its owners. The problem is that these loans are usually assets that diminish in value and usually remain unrecovered in the event of the death of such owners.
The business may not be able to repay the loans, or to refinance the loans, leaving it in distress. Funds that will enable the business to repay the loans can be created relatively easily. These loans can be covered with a life insurance policy.
Loan account assurance covers the life of the owner of the business. Therefore, in the event of the owner’s death (or disability if the client wishes to include disability cover), it pays out an amount of capital which will, after estate duty, be equal to the loan account. This cover will enable the business to repay the loan and thus protect the capital structure of the business.
There are essentially two methods to address the stated problem that arises at the death or disability of the owner with an outstanding loan account:
The main objective of the credit loan account solution is to ensure that a business that has borrowed money from an owner will be able to repay the money to the estate of the owner upon death or if he/she becomes disabled.
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It is not uncommon for businesses to lend money to their owners. However, a problem arises if the owner/borrower dies or becomes disabled. The business then faces the risk that the estate of the owner may not be in a position to repay the money owed to that business.
This puts the estate at risk of being sued by the business to recover the loan. The remaining owners are indirectly at risk, and if the business cannot recover the capital, the remaining owners suffer consequential damages.
The solution is to cover the debit loan account with a policy and cede that policy to the business as security.
Should the borrower die or become disabled, the proceeds of the policy can be used to settle the debt. This relieves the owner of the debt, and the business recovers its capital.
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When a co-owner dies, the business normally faces a turbulent time. Remaining owners, employees and clients need to come to grips with the fact that one of the main drivers of the business is no longer there. Normally, in spite of their best efforts, the business feels the impact during the critical 6 to 12 months after the death of a co-owner.
Business operations may be temporarily impeded to such an extent that the business will not be able to pay its overheads.
If the business closes down due to the lack of succession planning the business can be seriously exposed with regard to overheads. The liability in the business may in some cases flow straight into the affected owner’s estate.
Examples of potential overheads that may be claimed even after the business closes down after the owner’s death are:
The overhead protector protects a business against turbulent times directly after an owner dies.
It creates funding to secure at least the overheads of the business for six to 12 months. This is done by insuring the lives of the owners. In the event of the death of an owner or a co-owner, the proceeds of the policies will be paid to the business.
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