Cryptocurrency Insurance Coverage – Can I Rely on My Insurance Provider to Protect Me?

Litecoin, Bitcoin, and Ethereum

Cryptocurrency and bitcoin security has always been a fickle thing in terms of insurance. With more than 7% of Americans owning cryptocurrency, the demand for this relatively secure asset is still on the rise. As the global interest in cryptocurrency increases, governments are also looking at the asset closely now.

Kimmelman v. Wayne Insurance Group is a prime example of what we just discussed.

The asset has also found its way into many a financial and legacy planning discussions as people continue to consider it a viable option for their investment portfolio.

However, the question remains; can you rely on your insurance agents to protect you or your family in case of unexpected loss of cryptocurrency?

Answer to this lies in the case we mentioned above. To put it simply, it depends on whether your cryptocurrency is held in the capacity of property or money.

Bitcoin Security From Insurance Agencies

In the case above, Kimmelman sought coverage for his bitcoin portfolio that amounted to roughly $16,000, which was recently stolen.

The insurer’s policy claimed that they cover “personal property owned or used by an insured anywhere in the world.”Furthermore, the liability would be limited to $200 on money, bank notes, gold, silver, value cards and more according to the same document.

Insurance agent’s investigators concluded that the bitcoin was money, and therefore a compensation of only $200 was sanctioned.

Soon after, the two found themselves in court, one claiming that it was money and the other simply claiming compensation. The Ohio state court determined that the insurer would make the insured whole since virtual currency was not considered money, but property.

This was solely based on IRS Notice 2014-21 which treated cryptocurrency as property for tax purposes, not money. From then onwards, any unexpected loss on ‘virtual currency’ – including bitcoin – is considered to be a loss of property.

Cryptocurrency Finding Its Way Into Legacy Planning

The rise of virtual currency began in 2015 and gradually found its way to where it is now, the peak point being in 2017. Although the currency’s value keeps fluctuating every now and then, people who purchased the currency back when it was cheap have gained immensely from it.

So, it’s natural for them to want to pass it on to their loved ones after their death. We have had many clients who are including cryptocurrency in legacy planning with a prime focus on bitcoin security.

Armour Legacy offers you a safe place to get a will made and store information about how to access your assets after you’ve passed on. Our vaults are secure and flexible, meaning you can give access to people you trust, be it family, your health executives, financial advisors and more.

The idea is to make sure your family doesn’t have to go through any sort of hassle after you pass on and get what you want them to have seamlessly! Let us help you understand how this works in more detail. Write to us and we’ll call you right back!

Legacy Planning & Life Insurance – How Well Do They Sit Together?

Life Insurance & Legacy Planning

Taking the current financial situation into account, there is no telling when your investment portfolio may improve or face a downfall similar to that of the 2008 recession. Today, when it comes to legacy and financial planning, wealth preservation is at the top of any financial advisor’s list, telling clients to manage their assets and ‘brace for impact’.

The current volatility faced by the economy has changed how insurance policies work, bringing legacy planning and life insurance much closer to each other. Transferring wealth to the next generation has become simple and complicated at the same time.

Do Legacy Planning & Life Insurance Actually Go Together?

If you asked a financial advisor about life insurance and business succession planning, most would have told you, about a year ago, that legacy planning is a way to transfer funds and your business to your family. Life insurance, on the other hand, would be defined as a way of securing your financial obligations or family’s income.

However, today, they are both considered very closely since life insurance is also a legacy and the whole idea behind legacy planning is to leave behind something for your family after you’re gone. This is what we call “Legacy Protection.

Life Insurance

When considering family legacy protection plans, you can use your funds from a 401(k) account or IRA to fulfill your life insurance policies just as well, not just for your own children, but also your grandchildren, thus providing financial security to even more lives.

While you or your parents might be receiving Social Security, you might be well aware of the uncertainty that revolves around the prospect. Our younger generations may not be as lucky if they decide to half or all-out finish the social security system. Pension options are also being taken away by most employers nowadays in attempts to tackle the COVID-19 economic downfall.

Legacy Planning

People who usually include their whole investment portfolio in their wills or trusts often forget about the insurance policies they buy. You as a family man shouldn’t have to worry about it, since this is an insurance agent’s responsibility. A good insurance agent or financial advisor will regularly remind you about the face value of your investment portfolio and the benefits offered by your insurance plan.

The idea is that once you pass away, your family should be aware of the funds to claim and how. Legacy planning is what comes to the rescue here. From life insurance to business succession plans, trusts and more, everything is listed in your legacy plan.

Legacy Armor to Help You Make Things Easier

Paper wills and legacy plans have a way of either being mismanaged or ‘forgotten’ about. The world has seen a rather drastic shift and reliance on the internet due to the COVID-19 lockdowns and the insurance sector is no different.

For that, we offer an online portal where you can manage your legacy and access it anywhere, anytime. The idea is to help you take your legacy mobile and explain to people close to you – your family – what they should be looking for and where. To learn more about it, we urge you to get in touch with one of our insurance agents today!

Coronavirus & Estate Uncertainty – Effects on Legacy Planning & Impending Future Prospects

Future prospects of the industry

There has been a 143% week-on-week increase in the number of wills since the lockdown started, a figure that is predicted to go up to 220% soon. Before 2019, people believed that legacy planning and creating a will was only for the rich; but that trend is changing. It is now understood that anyone wanting to secure their assets and protect their family needs to have a will.

The lockdowns have resulted in heavy reliance on the internet, taking even estate planning online; something for which presence of all parties was crucial. These impacts might seem to be short-lived, or perhaps until the COVID-19 lockdowns remain, but there are chances that they might also stick around, impacting the future of the insurance industry altogether.

From financial planning to business succession and legacy planning, everything might find itself online.

Potential Future Impacts on Legacy Planning

Insurance companies that already had online systems in place faced a certain setback when they upgraded their systems, since the transition took a little while not only to get implemented but also to get used to.

However, this small setback at the time was well worth it, as those who had optimized their online infrastructure fared much better once the lockdowns began, reaping the rewards of a less-competed market. To add fuel to the fire, the market wasn’t just less-competed,but also more demanding than ever!

At the start, the market saw almost a 40% increase in demand immediately. As insurance companies took on more and more clients, the demand only increased. Financial advisors played a major role in this as well, as they asked clients with a diverse investment portfolio to create wills.

This was followed by the drops in share prices, even of shares belonging to market leaders. Case in point; Vermillion Energy Inc. (NYSE:VET).

Legacy Planning And Force Majeure – How Insurance Claims Are Being Treated During COVID-19

Force majeure means “superior force,” and is a major part of many a contract. It includes a set of events that are out of either party’s control, such as war, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, epidemics, or restraints set forth my governing authorities that may result in a claimable loss.

In the case of COVID-19, force majeure is applicable wherever government restrictions (the lockdowns) are preventing, restricting or delaying performance of any clause included within the will.

However, if the clause isn’t included in the will itself, force majeure isn’t applicable. You should advise your clients about any force majeure clauses before letting them sign a contract.

It is important to note that most insurance companies are including the clause within their contracts because of the COVID-19 situation.

The Change in Estate Planning: Helping Clients Protect Their Family & Businesses

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It is no secret that people yearn to make lives for their children and spouses easier after they’re gone. While wills are a great way of doing that, clients are shifting towards trusts as well now, seeing as how it can be the perfect way to support them financially.

A trust is like a gift from the person who passed away to those they left behind, as it takes effect immediately. It is in an intended beneficiary’s name, reducing the amount of paperwork and procedures that one needs to go through.

Furthermore, trusts can also reduce the estate tax implications and isn’t subject to challenges in probate courts as wills are, further reducing the hassle for whomever the trust is founded. Recommending a trust to your clients can go a long way towards furthering their legacy planning ventures.

However, trusts and wills are entirely different things; so make sure you have the requisite knowledge before recommending it.

As the insurance industry goes into a ‘digital’ state, there is a certain uncertainty revolving the matter of estates. Existing clients are getting antsier and new ones are also equally troubled. We recommend using online tools for now, as there are chances (because of the reduced operating costs they offer) that they are going to stick around even after the lockdown.

Legacy Armour offers a tool for insurance agents to make the most out of this online shift in the industry, offering a streamlined way of handling clients and their real estate planning. Get in touch today to learn more!

How COVID-19 Affects My Legacy Planning – Should I Revisit My Will?

Making an informed decision about your will

The COVID-19 pandemic has had deep impacts on every element of our daily lives – our insurance policies and legacy planning being no exception. Many people, be it businessmen or families, have been forced to consider ‘what ifs’ that were previously a non-issue.

As estate planning sees a surge in interest rates, words like family protection and business succession planning are being thrown around judiciously by financial advisors and insurance agents. But a question arises; is this just people being people or are these concerns actually well-founded? Should I really revisit my will?

Here, we shall explain the effects of COVID-19 on legacy planning and try to present the situation as is to help you make an informed decision.

Should I Revisit My Legacy Planning – Getting Down to Brass Tacks

A straightforward answer is “yes.” However, it’s slightly more complicated than just saying that.

Insurance companies across the globe are looking for governments and regulatory bodies for aid in these trying times, but haven’t imposed any extra costs or expenses to your estate or its planning yet. However, the “all-online” structure that the pandemic is promoting might mean that it would be smart to update your will, even if you have a solid will in place.

This might include taking it online. There are chances that the SOPs set in place during the lockdown might stick around even after the pandemic is over.

Effects of COVID-19 on Wills

As of the time of writing this, the standard rules of insurance claims in the case of someone passing away will be applicable. If you don’t have a will, an administrator will be assigned to your estate and who it is passed on to, including business succession.

However, having a will that reflects your wishes will mean that, although the process might be slightly slower, it will be the same. Since face-to-face interactions are very limited, liquidating the estate might be more hectic than normal.

It is important to note here that while nothing in terms of wills has changed, the overall value of the assets you have left for your family’s protection might not be the same. This is especially true if you wish to transfer shares to your children or spouse.

This presents an ‘unfairness’ issue, that while some might inherit more, others might end up getting less. One would think that this problem would go away once the COVID-19 situation has reverted. However, several companies are facing bankruptcy right now or are about to, which would end up rendering those shares or even your whole investment portfolio useless.

Challenges Presented by COVID-19 When It Comes to Preparing New Wills

Since the presence of lawyers, insurance agents and you yourself (depending on the situation) is necessary for the preparation of a will, the social distancing aspect has halted this process almost completely.

While governments have been called upon for a remediation of this issue, the problem is that allowing either party to not be present during the signing of the will may present a significant risk of fraud. Yet, this has resulted in the Executive Order 2020-14.

This legislation dictates that documents such as Wills, Powers of Attorney and Appointments of Enduring Guardian can be witnessed and notarized online until the pandemic ensues. Following are some requirements to keep in mind:

  • The audio-video connection must not be interrupted at any time. Both parties must be able to properly see, hear and communicate.
  • The call should be recorded and saved for up to 3 years after it takes place.
  • Signatory must state and agree to the name of the document being signed on the call.
  • Each page signed or initialed must be presented clearly on the video so as to be legible.
  • The signing act must be captured on video.
  • A legible copy signed document in its entirety should be sent to witness(es) no later than one day after signing.

The notarization should include at least:

  • Signature of the notary, their seal, title, commission and expiry.
  • Any information required by law in regards to the date and place of the notarization process.
  • Conform to the Notary Public Act of the state.
  • There must be a clear indication of the fact that the signing and acknowledgement was done remotely.

Legacy Armour in Times of COVID-19

As a rough timeline comes into view about when all of this will be over (year-end or early 2021, based on the progress of COVID-19 vaccine), the curve is starting to rise. This means that the insurance sector as a whole has a while before it recovers from the state this pandemic has put it in.

However, Legacy Armour continues to operate online and offers quick, easy solutions to your legacy and estate planning worries. From online meetings to signing and will delivery, everything is done in a manner so as to minimize the spread of COVID-19.

Furthermore, with Legacy Armour’s vaults and planning templates, your will is not only more secure and thorough but also more accessible to your family to provide you with peace of mind when it comes to family protection or business succession planning. For assistance or more on the subject, we recommend you get in touch today via call or email!