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.
When designing your life insurance policy to pay out to a spouse, consider the tax implications of the titled spouse owning the policy. When the titled spouse dies, the policy payout then becomes part of their estate, and transferring those funds to the living spouse creates a tax burden. If the non-titled spouse owns the policy the funds are not considered to be part of the deceased’s estate.
When you are planning on purchasing a life insurance policy, select an independent broker. Independent brokers can generally offer more selection in terms of policy and cost than a broker who works exclusively for a specific insurance company. Company brokers are limited to the products their company sells, and may also be pushed by the company to recommend a particular product.
Before shopping for life insurance, put together a budget to project the amount of financial coverage you might need. Include your mortgage payoff, college costs for the kids, money to pay any other large debt obligations, funds to cover funeral and medical expenses and enough money to supplement your remaining spouse’s retirement funds.
When you determine the amount of life-insurance coverage you will need, then you will want to decide what type of policy to get. There are four main types of life insurance. They are term life, whole life, universal life and variable life. Depending on your situation, one of these will fit your needs.
You should beware of an advisor who claims to know everything before purchasing life insurance. An advisor who answers every single one of your questions without researching anything, then it’s likely that he or she is incorrect about certain details. Because insurance policies are very complicated, even top-notch insurance advisors do not know everything without research.
If you need more life insurance because of your poor health, you should consider purchasing a rider instead of a new policy. A rider is an addition or change to a current policy. Therefore, a rider is usually not as expensive as purchasing an additional policy, which will keep your premium low.
Life insurance is nearly a necessity with funeral costs being as high as they are. When you are looking to take out a life insurance policy consider a lot of factors, like how old you are, your state of health, and even if you are a smoker. All of these can affect your rates.
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.