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Estate Planning for Blended Families
Pacific Life Shows How Life Insurance Can Help the Specialized Needs of an Overlooked and Misunderstood Market


Newport Beach, Calif. (December 13, 2012) - Today, one of every three households with children is considered non-traditional. The "new normal" includes children living with grandparents and other caretakers who are married, remarried, unmarried, and same sex.  A common mistake made in estate planning for blended families is approaching the process with the same mindset used for the historical nuclear family.
To address the specialized needs of this growing demographic, the traditional estate planning playbook may need to be revised to cover a new set of assumptions.  An estate plan that includes life insurance can help:

  • Plan for succession of a family business
  • Address how assets will be divided and  transferred
  • Avoid accidentally disinheriting a child
  • Minimize acrimony among family members

To help life insurance producers better understand the estate planning needs of today's new normal among American families, Pacific Life now offers the "Yours, Mine & Ours" kit.  This comprehensive kit features a workbook of strategies using life insurance, case studies, and a questionnaire that life insurance producers can use with their clients to help pinpoint their needs.

Life insurance producers can order the "Yours, Mine & Ours" kit at or contact their Pacific Life representative.

About Pacific Life
Offering insurance since 1868, Pacific Life provides a wide range of life insurance products, annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and pension plans.  Pacific Life counts more than half of the 100 largest U.S. companies as its clients.2 For additional company information, including current financial strength ratings, visit the About Pacific Life section of this website.

1. Living Arrangements of Children: 2009.  Current Population Reports. U.S. Census Bureau. Issued June 2011.
2. Client count as of May 2012 is compiled by Pacific Life using the 2012 FORTUNE 500® list.

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