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.
Look into premium discounts. Surprisingly, most companies offer a rate discount for a specific amount of insurance. For instance, $250,000 of life insurance may actually have a smaller premium than $200,000. This is because the rate discount tends to kick in at a higher amount, in increments of $250,000. Likewise, $500,000 of insurance may cost you less than $450,000.
When purchasing life insurance you want to consider the company you are buying from. Check reviews online, and from the BBB. The last thing your loved ones will want or need in the case of your passing, is to have an insurance company (that you have paid for years) hassling them about payment.
If a relative of yours recently died and named you as the beneficiary on his life insurance policy, but the policy itself is missing, there are steps you can take to locate the policy, even if you don’t know which insurance company issued it. Examine the deceased’s canceled checks for any that were written to insurance companies. Look through any mail you can find for insurance bills or policy status notices. Check with former employers or organizations that the deceased belonged to which may have offered the policy. Look at tax returns for expenses or interest earned in regard to life insurance. Finally, check with the Medical Information Bureau, which has a database that can inform you if the medical records of the deceased were requested by any insurance companies since 1996.
Before purchasing life insurance, you should fully grasp the difference between term insurance and permanent insurance because this can help you make a better decision about what kind of policy you need. A term insurance policy should cover most of your debt and financial needs, so therefore, a term insurance policy may be best for you. Do not let a representative tell you that you should purchase permanent insurance because a term insurance policy is only better in certain situations.
Try not to put off getting a life insurance plan. Get a life insurance plan as soon as you can comfortably afford it. If you get a life insurance plan when you are still young, the cost will be less for the rest of your life. Waiting until your health is failing will cost significantly more.
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.