None of us are able to forecast the future. We may have a good idea of what will happen if current conditions continue. But we are unable to predict the unexpected. Life insurance is an important way to provide for the unexpected–as it will affect those we love. Here are some tips to consider.
Make sure you understand all the exclusions, inclusions, and terms involved in your contract before signing on the dotted line. Items like non-payment for pre-existing diseases, no coverage if you were doing an activity considered dangerous and other exclusions are very common. Read the fine print and understand fully what you are paying for.
You may be able to save a significant amount of money on your life insurance by paying your premiums annually instead of monthly. Insurance companies often have extra fees for customers who pay every month instead of just once a year. Ask your insurer if you can switch to an annual payment.
Even if your employer offers life insurance, you shouldn’t depend on this policy to meet all your needs. These policies are often fairly limited, and have the disadvantage of not being portable. If you leave your job, you will also leave your life insurance behind, which means you will have to find a new policy to replace it.
When looking for a life insurance policy, make sure to get long term coverage that is going to fulfill all of your needs. You do not want to be stuck paying money on a policy that is all wrong for you. If you are unsure about which is best for you, ask your insurance agent.
If you are working with an advisor to get life insurance, and this person is not fitting your needs, it is important to know that you are able to look for another one. You want to make sure you are working with an experienced, knowledgeable advisor who is looking out for your best interests.
Make adjustments on your plans as needed. Life changes to your policy can greatly affect it. Things that can cause a change to coverage, include marriage, divorce, birth of a child or the beginning of caring for an elderly parent. You could even reach a point, most likely after your kids reach adulthood and your retirement amount is achieved, where you could stop life insurance coverage altogether.
Understand that most life insurance companies offer a range of different payment options to your beneficiaries. If you think those you leave behind would be better off receiving periodic payments, then this is something you have to decide now. You can choose to give the lump sum or to break it up.
Life insurance is one of those things we want to buy, but hope will not be used–at least for a long time. These tips will provide guidance in choosing a life insurance policy to cover future provision for your family in case you are not there. Its greatest value is peace of mind for you and your loved ones.