When it comes to life insurance, you have two basic choices: Some form of cash value life insurance (including universal life) and term life insurance.
Cash value, or whole life, as a “bundled” policy, requires you to buy both your death benefit and a cash value feature.
For the cash savings, the money is controlled by the insurance company and reverts to the life insurance company, not the estate of policy holder. It's in the contract. A little "s" is inserted between the CV in the contract = cash surrender value.
It's your money...and while you may borrow it--at up to 8% interest--why not claim it yourself. But never cancel any policy until you have a new one in place.
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