If you have a spouse and children and are the main income earner of the family, you do not want to leave them in a position of hardship should anything happen to you. Yet without considering the purchase of a life insurance policy, this is a situation that could become a reality. Here are some things you need to know.
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 buying life insurance, it is important that you know how your broker will be paid. If they are working strictly on commission, for example, your needs may be secondary to selling you a policy that gives the best commission. Any commission at all for your broker can lead to a conflict of interest, so always ask to see all of the alternative products before buying.
If you are considering buying life insurance, be sure to check with your employer before going to your insurance agent. Your employer may be able to give you a better rate on life insurance due to having made a deal with the life insurance company to insure a large number of people. You may be able to get life insurance for yourself and your family members at very attractive rates.
Every person should consider life insurance. This can be a great help when a loved one dies. It helps to pay for the death related expenses and allows some time for the immediate family to recover from the loss. Choose an insurance company with a good track record and fast payment history.
In the long run, it’s best to buy life insurance when you are young instead of putting it off until later in life. If you apply when you are younger, you are much more likely to be approved and almost certainly have lower premiums. You’ll save money over all by buying life insurance early in life.
When considering purchasing life insurance, you must first understand your needs. You understand your financial situation better than anyone else, so do not let anyone convince you to purchase a policy you are not comfortable with purchasing. If you add your debt, estimated funeral costs, and 6-12 months of income replacement, then you can get an estimate of your insurance needs.
If you need more life insurance, try to get a rider instead of getting a new insurance policy. These are amendments or additions to existing insurance policies. They tend to be less expensive than purchasing a second insurance plan. If the holder is healthy, it is advisable for them to try to buy a second insurance policy, as it may be cheaper than a rider.
Using the advice above, you should now be a little wiser as to whether buying a life insurance policy would be beneficial to you and your family. While it may have a monthly cost that seems like an extra burden, is the financial burden your family would face without you not just as much, if not more?