Non-Grantor Trust as Owner of PPLI Policy

Non-Grantor Trust as Owner of PPLI (Private Placement Life Insurance) Policy
Part 1

Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI) is a specialized life insurance product designed for high-net-worth individuals. When combined with a non-grantor trust, it can offer unique benefits. In this blog post, we’ll explore the concept of non-grantor trusts, delve into PPLI, and discuss the advantages of using a non-grantor trust as the owner of a PPLI policy.

Section 1: Understanding Non-Grantor Trusts

What is a Non-Grantor Trust?

A non-grantor trust is an irrevocable trust where the grantor (creator) relinquishes control over the assets placed in the trust. Unlike grantor trusts, which are typically revocable, non-grantor trusts provide asset protection and estate planning benefits.

Benefits of Non-Grantor Trusts

– Asset Protection: Assets held in a non-grantor trust are shielded from creditors and legal claims.
– Estate Planning: Non-grantor trusts facilitate efficient wealth transfer to beneficiaries.
– Privacy: Non-grantor trusts offer confidentiality since the grantor is not the owner.
Section 2: Private Placement Life Insurance (PPLI)

Overview of PPLI

PPLI is a customized life insurance policy issued by private placement rather than through public offerings. It caters to sophisticated investors seeking tax-efficient wealth management.

How PPLI Works

– Structure: PPLI combines life insurance with an investment component.
– Tax Advantages: PPLI policies grow tax-deferred, and withdrawals can be tax-free.
– Creditor Protection: PPLI shields assets from creditors.

Advantages of PPLI

– Tax Efficiency: PPLI minimizes income and capital gains taxes.
– Wealth Transfer: PPLI facilitates the transfer of wealth across generations.
– Flexibility: Policyholders can invest in various asset classes.

Section 3: Combining Non-Grantor Trusts with PPLI

Why Use a Non-Grantor Trust as Owner?

– Tax Optimization: Non-grantor trusts can hold PPLI policies, reducing the grantor’s taxable estate.
– Wealth Preservation: PPLI within a trust ensures efficient wealth transfer.
– Control: The trustee manages the policy, maintaining the grantor’s intent.

Structuring the Trust-Owned PPLI Policy

– Setting Up the Trust: Consult legal and financial advisors to establish the non-grantor trust.
– Funding the Policy: Transfer assets into the trust to fund the PPLI policy.
– Trustee Selection: Choose a trustee who understands both PPLI and trust administration.


Using a non-grantor trust as the owner of a PPLI policy can enhance tax efficiency, protect wealth, and streamline estate planning. Always seek professional advice tailored to your specific situation.

Contact EWP Financial

For more information on PPLI and non-grantor trusts, contact EWP Financial, your trusted source for PPLI and estate wealth planning. Our experienced team can help you navigate the complexities of these strategies and develop a customized plan to achieve your financial goals. Call us today toll free from anywhere in the world at +1 877 811 5846 or email to schedule a consultation.

Learn more in Part 2

by Michael Malloy, CLU TEP RFC.
CEO, Founder @EWP Financial

~ Your best source for PPLI and EWP

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