Many families wonder what they would do to survive financially if they were to lose the main breadwinner. With a tough job market and skyrocketing costs of just about everything, it’s a very valid concern. Life insurance provides a safety net to protect your loved ones in the event that something happens.
When setting up a life insurance policy, be aware of the holder of responsiblity for the funds. The “adult payee” determination has no legal standing. Simply naming someone as the “adult payee” on behalf of someone else on a policy does not require the payee to spend those funds in care of the intended recipient.
There will come a time in your life when, if you’ve been lucky enough to get to that point, you will want to consider long-term care insurance. You should definitely consider it once you hit your fifties. If you become too ill or infirm to continue your current lifestyle, you will want to have a Plan B, so that you can rest assured your care needs will be covered no matter what life throws your way.
Before you purchase a life insurance policy, be sure to shop around for the best quote. Different companies use different equations to determine what your premiums will be for the same amount of coverage, or may offer different packages allowing you to get more coverage for proportionally less money in premiums.
Life insurance policies are a wise investment for anyone who has dependents. If you drop dead one day, the life insurance will pay any large expenses you leave behind, such as a mortgage or your kids’ college education.
Pay your premiums promptly. If the holder fails to pay the monthly premium on their insurance term, or if they decide to stop making payments before the whole life plan gains any value, they will lose the policy. They will also be forced to get a new policy and the new policy could be more expensive. This can especially be true if they have aged or fallen into poor health since their policy payments stopped.
You should have your life insurance policy amended as things change in your life. Some examples of things that you may want to report to your life insurance company is if you have new children, an increase in the amount of debt that you have accumulated or if you have gotten a divorce. You can typically change information over the phone.
Your insurance agent may try to sell you additional riders to add to your life insurance policy. However, these are often unnecessary, so make sure you fully understand the purpose of each one before deciding if it would benefit you. For example, a family benefit rider allows for your death benefit to be paid in monthly increments rather than one lump sum, so your family receives a steady source of income.
Take the time to update your existing life insurance policy when any relevant changes in your life take place. This includes providing for additional dependents if you get married, have children or start caring for an elderly parent. It also includes reducing your coverage if you get divorced or after your children graduate from college. If you’re at an age where your previous dependents are now self-sufficient and you have enough saved for retirement, you can cancel your life insurance policy altogether.
To save some money on life insurance, pay your premiums one time a year. Many life insurance companies will charge you a little less because there usually is some type of small fee to receive the monthly bills. Just make sure you only do this if you can afford it.
Although it may seem a bit strange, the companies with the highest financial ratings are not necessarily the best life insurance companies you can choose. As long as you’re dealing with an “A”-rated company, you should be fine in terms of the company’s financial stability and ability to pay the balance once you pass on.
Continuing to build savings has been difficult for many families over the past few years, and some that could afford to self-insure, may not be able to do so any more. Life insurance can fill that gap and provide the means for families to carry on if disaster should strike them.