Last-survivor life insurance also known as second-to-die life insurance covers two lives under one policy. The death benefit is paid after the second person covered under the policy dies. Generally, premiums continue to be paid after the first insured dies. However, this type of policy may feature less expensive premiums than two individual policies, allowing the policy owner(s) the potential to buy a policy with a larger death benefit than might otherwise be affordable using separate policies.
Last-survivor life insurance may serve several purposes. For instance, last-survivor life insurance can be used to increase the inheritance for the beneficiaries of a married couple with an otherwise modest estate. Or, this type of insurance can be used to preserve an existing estate by providing cash for estate settlement costs and taxes. A last-survivor policy can be used to protect a two-income family when the loss of one income may be tolerable but the loss of both incomes would leave dependents without financial support.