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The Leveraged Credit Shelter Trust
Many high net worth clients have developed an estate plan, which includes the creation of a Credit Shelter Trust (CST). Typically, the CST is set up to remove the “applicable exclusion” amount from the surviving spouse’s estate and effectively transfer it at the first death for the benefit of the spouse, children or other heirs. The CST may be set up to provide a lifetime income to the surviving spouse. If the surviving spouse does not have a need for income from the CST, it may be advantageous to leverage the trust assets to maximize the amount of wealth transferred to heirs.

Possible Solution
Consider leveraging a Credit Shelter Trust using life insurance.

TRANSFER

Strategy
Transfer of Funds to Trust Decedent Spouse
Upon the death of the first spouse, a Credit Shelter Trust (CST) is funded with assets equal to the applicable exclusion amount.1

Credit Shelter Trust
The trustee purchases a life insurance policy on the life of the decedent’s spouse. Depending on the decedent’s wishes, needs of the beneficiaries, and financial underwriting criteria, all or part of the trust’s corpus and income may be used to pay for premiums.

Death of Second Spouse
The policy’s death benefit will be paid to the trust and will pass to the beneficiaries free of federal income and estate taxes.2

Results
The surviving spouse is able to maximize the amount of wealth transferred to heirs.
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The applicable exclusion amount is $2,000,000 in 2006 through 2008, increasing to $3,500,000 in 2009, and reverting back to $1,000,000 in 2011 under current law. Any income earned by the trust as a result of any investment of the death proceeds prior to distribution will be taxable to the trust or the beneficiaries.

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Additional Benefits
Tax-Deferral
The tax-deferral of life insurance reduces trust income taxes.

Flexibility
Flexibility in the life insurance design allows the trust to be fully funded with life insurance or with a combination of life insurance and non-life insurance assets.

Maximize Transfer of Wealth
Estate taxes are eliminated as the trust receives death proceeds generally income tax-free and distributes wealth to heirs free of federal income and estate taxes. Any income earned by the trust as a result of any investment of the death proceeds prior to distribution will be taxable to the trust or the beneficiaries.

Protection
The trust provides protection from potential creditors, liabilities, or other unforeseen losses of the surviving spouse.

Strength and Security of Sun Life Financial
To help individuals, small businesses, and corporations plan for and achieve financial security, Sun Life Financial provides a diverse range of wealth accumulation and protection products and services. Chartered in 1865, Sun Life Financial and its partners today have operations in key markets worldwide. Notes:

This information is for general education of producers and contains references to concepts that have significant legal, accounting and tax implications. It is not intended as legal, accounting or tax advice. Clients should consult with their own tax advisor regarding the application of these concepts to any particular situation. Not FDIC/NCUA insured. May lose value. No bank/credit union guarantee. Not a deposit. Not insured by any federal government entity. Universal life insurance is issued by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Wellesley Hills, MA) or in New York, Sun Life Insurance and Annuity Company of New York (New York, NY). All guarantees are based on the claims-paying ability of the issuing company, Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (Wellesley Hills, MA), or in New York, Sun Life Insurance and Annuity Company of New York (New York, NY). All are members of the Sun Life Financial group of companies. ©2008 Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada. All rights reserved. Sun Life Financial and the globe symbol are registered trademarks of Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada.

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