What To Consider When Looking For Life Insurance
Taking out a life insurance policy is a way of protecting your loved ones should you pass. No one wants to think about their passing, but when it comes to life insurance, waiting is not an option. A family without life insurance could become financially devastated at an already difficult time. Choosing the right policy is important. Here are some tips to help you sort through all of your options.
When purchasing a life insurance policy it is vitally important that you are completely 100% honest when answering questions about past medical history and other items raised such as drug use. An insurance claim can be declined if it is ever determined that the initial information provided was not true.
When purchasing term life insurance, consider how long it will be until your children are financially independent and your debts are paid off. The point of life insurance is to protect family members such as children who are totally dependent on your income. Take a policy that will outlast the period of your children’s dependence and any long-term loans such as a mortgage.
Familiarizing yourself with some common life insurance terms can help you determine which type is best for you, as well as how much coverage you want to purchase. Cash value refers to the portion of your policy that is available for you to withdraw as loans for various purposes, such as education costs or credit card debt. A premium is simply the periodic payment that you make to keep the policy active. Another term you might see is dividends, which refers to the money you may receive back on your premiums if the insurance company overestimated their expenses and ended up with a surplus. A dividend is not guaranteed.
Before shopping for life insurance, put together a budget to project the amount of financial coverage you might need. Include your mortgage payoff, college costs for the kids, money to pay any other large debt obligations, funds to cover funeral and medical expenses and enough money to supplement your remaining spouse’s retirement funds.
Purchase more life insurance to save money overall. Sometimes your life insurance premium may be lower if you purchase more coverage.
You need to find out what exclusions or limitations are included in your life insurance policy. There are certain things that a life insurance policy will not cover. If you do not want to leave your family in debt, you need to take the time to find out what is and what is not covered under your life insurance policy.
Think about getting term life insurance. It will give you the highest coverage for the least amount of money. While there is no saving with this type of plan, you could just invest the savings on your own, and earn more than you would have with the insurance company save it.
Life insurance is a necessity to protect your family’s financial future, should you pass. There are many different options available and, as we have discussed here, sorting through them all can become confusing. The tips we have provided should help to make the decision easier. Discuss these tips, and your insurance options, with your agent today to protect your family’s tomorrow.