People don’t like to think about death, for obvious reasons. It isn’t a fun topic to contemplate. However, the prospect of leaving your loved ones on their own can be an even scarier thought. For those of you who want their family taken care of when you’re gone, life insurance is important. Below are helpful ideas for choosing a life insurance policy.
Life insurance will help out your loved ones that are left behind if you pass away. Funerals these days are expensive, and if you have life insurance, it won’t leave the ones that are still living an astronomical bill to pay. It can also help pay for your children’s college, if you are not around to do so.
Take advantage of the accelerated death benefit option if it’s offered by your insurance company. This life insurance benefit allows the policyholder to receive a substantial amount of the death benefit of the policy, in the case of a terminal illness. This can allow the insured to use this benefit to cover things such as medical costs, experimental treatments, a trip, home improvements or nursing staff.
Avoid signing up for “guaranteed issue” life insurance policies. Usually, this is for someone that has a health condition that is pre-existing. Getting a guaranteed life insurance policy does not require you to get a medical exam. You will have to pay higher premiums though, and the coverage may only be available for limited amounts at face value.
Many life insurance brokers and agents get paid through commission. It is therefore to their benefit to sell you the most expensive package they can with as many riders as possible. Because of this, before agreeing to a specific life insurance policy, you should get a second opinion. Make sure everything included is something that you actually need!
If a relative of yours recently died and named you as the beneficiary on his life insurance policy, but the policy itself is missing, there are steps you can take to locate the policy, even if you don’t know which insurance company issued it. Examine the deceased’s canceled checks for any that were written to insurance companies. Look through any mail you can find for insurance bills or policy status notices. Check with former employers or organizations that the deceased belonged to which may have offered the policy. Look at tax returns for expenses or interest earned in regard to life insurance. Finally, check with the Medical Information Bureau, which has a database that can inform you if the medical records of the deceased were requested by any insurance companies since 1996.
For the most life insurance coverage at the lowest price, choose a term policy instead of whole life insurance. The high costs of whole life are due to the investment aspect and the fact that these polices result in a cash value, but it really is better to keep your investments separate from your insurance.
Once you have your life insurance policy in place and paid for, it should be a real load off your mind. Your loved ones are now sure to experience minimal financial hardships caused by your absence. You don’t need to worry about it anymore. So, in the mean time, get out there and start enjoying life.