What You Should Know About Life Insurance!

I’d like to begin the year with an article about life insurance. Many people find this subject morbid, but trust me when I say that this contract is just as vital as a Will and should be treated with the same respect. Since this article is long and detailed, I’ve divided it into chapters to make it easier to read. I hope this has helped you understand the value of life insurance. (For clarity, “You” refers to both the policy owner and the insured.) Get more Miller-Hanover New Oxford Office

Chapters include:

a brief introduction
When/If You Already Have Life Insurance What is the Difference Between an Insurance Agent and a Broker? What are the Different Types of Policies?
What are riders and what are the most popular styles of riders?
The medical examination

1) General Life Insurance: This is an arrangement between you and an insurance provider in which you agree to pay a certain sum (the premium) in return for a payout (known as the Death Benefit, face amount, or policy amount) to the beneficiary (the person you want to get paid in the time of your death). This varies depending on the type of policy (which will be addressed shortly), your health, your hobbies, the insurance provider, the amount of premiums you can pay, and the amount of the profit. It can seem intimidating, but it isn’t if you work with the right agent or broker.

Many people now claim that life insurance is equivalent to gambling. You’re betting that you’ll die at a certain point in time, while the insurance company is betting that you won’t. If the insurer wins, the premiums are retained; if you win, you die, and the death benefit is allocated to the beneficiary. This is a morbid way of looking at it, and you might say the same thing for health insurance, car insurance, and rental insurance if that is the case. The reality is that you need life insurance to alleviate the financial burden of your death. Example 1: A married couple, both professionals who earn a lot of money, have a child and, like any other family, they have monthly expenses, and one of the couple dies. The chances of the partner returning to work the next day are slim to none. The odds are that your ability to work in your job will deteriorate, placing you at risk of not being able to pay bills or needing to use one’s savings or assets to cover these costs, which does not include death taxes or funeral costs. This has the potential to be financially disastrous. Example 2: In a lower middle-class household, one of the income earners dies. How will the family be able to keep up their present standard of living?

The opportunity to reduce the risk of financial burden is what life insurance is all about. This may be in the form of cash or taxes by estate planning.

2) If you have life insurance, when do you use it?
To begin, you should review your beneficiaries once a year and your policy every 2-3 years. This is a free service! You must ensure that the recipients are the individuals or entities to which you wish to make a payment! Divorce, death, a dispute, or something else along those lines will cause you to change your mind on who should receive the benefit, so make sure you have the right individuals, estate/trust, AND/OR organisation (preferably non-profit) to receive it. Furthermore, you should revisit your policy every 2-3 years because many businesses will give a lower premium OR increase the value if you renew your policy, or if a competitor notices that you have been paying your premiums and will fight for your company. In any case, this is something you should think about if you want to save money or increase the amount of your insurance policy! There should be no excuse not to do this because it is a win-win situation for you.