Purchasing life insurance is similar to renting a comfort zone to ensure your families fortune. There are many complex issues that must be considered when deciding upon a life insurance policy. The following tips are guidelines to get you started in making the right decision and choice for your individual needs.
Disability insurance is a good idea, especially if you live paycheck to paycheck. It will pay you cash in the event that you are hurt, sick or can’t work for any other reason. Your medical insurance will pay your doctor bills, but they won’t cover your day to day living expenses.
Many people buy term life insurance when they’re younger because it’s cheap. Others are persuaded to buy whole life insurance, which, unlike term, has a cash value and can presumably be viewed as an investment. If you’re in good health, term is generally the best value. Try to lock in term insurance for the longest possible timespan you can find. When it runs out, if you’re still in good health, keep looking for term. Most of the time, whole life will be more expensive, but as you age, term life will also get quite expensive to cover the inevitable health issues that will crop up. Remember: term life as long as it makes sense ratewise, then switch to whole life.
If you engage in risky activity, either professionally or as a hobby, you’ll have to pay higher life insurance premiums. Extreme sports like skydiving can send your rates very high. It may be better to give up the sport. If you travel to war zones or other dangerous places, your rates may increase as well.
To get a good life insurance rate, purchase life insurance while you’re still young. Rates are lower the younger you are, and you can keep paying the same rate as time goes on. You may not need life insurance now, but you’ll need it in the future. Being proactive about your life insurance will help you get a great policy for a low cost.
Once you have determined you need life insurance, next you need to figure out how much you need. There are several online calculators you can use, and some other formulas an insurance agent can help you with. If you want a ballpark figure quickly, take your salary and multiply it by 8. This will give you an estimate of how much life insurance you need.
It is important to know that you have 30 days to look at and understand your life insurance. This way, if you decide that this is not the right plan for you, you are able to cancel your policy and most of the time, you can even get your premium back.
When determining how much life insurance coverage you need, don’t just think about your mortgage payment and regular monthly bills. If you have children, they’ll need financial assistance for college in the future. Although it’s not pleasant, consider worst-case scenarios. Should you unexpectedly die in the near future, how much debt will you leave behind? Make sure your policy covers your outstanding debts, or the money you intended to be used for paying off the mortgage for your spouse may end up being used to pay off your creditors instead. You also want to ensure that your funeral expenses and any estate taxes and legal costs are covered.
You will want to find a life insurance company that cares. There are some life insurance companies that will offer competitive rates for some medical conditions (diabetes, heart disease and cancer). These companies are much more family friendly and don’t just put everyone in a group. Their charge is based off of what you really need.
To save money on your life insurance policy you should aim to pay yearly instead of monthly. Choosing to pay the premium in this manner will decrease your premiums. For those holding a small policy, the savings will not be so great. However, those holding a large policy will notice a significant amount of savings.
Being prepared and knowing that your family is protected should something happen to you is both responsible and loving. Take the time to look over all the information and choices that you have and decide the best policy for your family. Purchasing a life insurance policy is the greatest gift one can give to their family.