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Some types of life insurance, like whole or universal, can build up cash value that you can use to pay for a home, college, or a caregiver.1

Case Story - Dr. Feranmi Okanlami

Dr. Feranmi Okanlami was a star athlete and orthopedic surgery resident when an accident left him paralyzed. Watch his inspiring story of perseverance and determination and learn how Guardian long-term disability insurance helped him recover and thrive.5

“I have worked with Guardian, an organization that committed to my personal and professional recovery, to highlight a simple yet powerful truth: disability does not mean inability,” said Dr. Feranmi Okanlami.

Prepare for changes to your family

Whether you’re having a baby and need to prepare for maternity leave and covering the cost of raising children, or you’re preparing for life after your children move out, we’ll work with you to plan for and take care of your new and changing family. Protecting your income with life insurance or disability insurance — and making sure you are covered at work for children with special needs — can help your family thrive no matter what happens. 

Case story - Joleen Mainz

Joleen Mainz spent her whole life caring for others. In her darkest hour, she needed to trust others to care for her. Learn how she went from tragedy to recovery, with help from Guardian life and disability insurance.

“We had done everything we possibly could to take care of our family, and we felt a sense of peace,” said Joleen Mainz.

Plan for your family’s education

College can rewrite the future and take your child’s life to new places. To prepare, you’ll need to start saving today. Options like 529 plans and whole life insurance policies each have unique advantages that can help.7 

Being a family caregiver: elder care and special needs children



Some whole life polices do not have cash values in the first two years of the policy and don’t pay a dividend until the policy’s third year. Talk to your financial representative and refer to your individual whole life policy illustration for more information.


Guardian, its subsidiaries, agents, and employees do not provide tax, legal, or accounting advice. Consult your tax, legal, or accounting professional regarding your individual situation.


Dividends are not guaranteed. They are declared annually by Guardian’s Board of Directors.


Policy benefits are reduced by any outstanding loan or loan interest and/or withdrawals. Dividends, if any, are affected by policy loans and loan interest. Withdrawals above the cost basis may result in taxable ordinary income. If the policy lapses, or is surrendered, any outstanding loans considered gain in the policy may be subject to ordinary income taxes. If the policy is a Modified Endowment Contract (MEC), loans are treated like withdrawals, but as gain first, subject to ordinary income taxes. If the policy owner is under 59 ½, any taxable withdrawal may also be subject to a 10% federal tax penalty.


These are the personal views of a select group of Dr. Feranmi Okanlami and may not represent the experience of other clients. These opinions are not indicative of future performance or results.


All whole life insurance policy guarantees are subject to the timely payment of all required premiums and the claims paying ability of the issuing insurance company. Policy loans and withdrawals affect the guarantees by reducing the policy’s death benefit and cash values.


Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of a 529 plan carefully before investing. This and other information are contained in the Program Description, which may be obtained from your investment professional. Please read it before you invest.

A 529 plan is a tax-advantaged savings plan, issued and operated by a state or educational institution that helps families save for college. Investments in 529 plans are not insured by the FDIC or any other government agency and are not deposits or other obligations of any depository institution. Investments are not guaranteed and are subject to investment risks, including loss of the principal amount invested. Tax implications vary significantly from state to state. If you or the designated beneficiary is not a resident of the state offering a 529 plan, you may want to consider, before investing, whether your state or the designated beneficiary's home state offers its residents a plan with state tax advantages or other benefits.

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