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.
Research your life insurance policy thoroughly before you sign on the dotted line. Make sure that you are aware of the exclusions, inclusions, discounts, no payment for death caused by a pre-existing disease clauses and other terms of your life insurance policy before committing to it. Without knowing exactly what your policy covers, when you die you could inadvertently leave family members left behind in a difficult position.
Having a life insurance policy can be a nice way to leave money for the family that you are leaving behind. This extra money can help out greatly to assist your family’s needs. The right life insurance policy can give an individual a wonderful peace of mind, knowing that his or her family is going to be okay, financially.
Once you have determined you need life insurance, next you need to figure out how much you need. There are several online calculators you can use, and some other formulas an insurance agent can help you with. If you want a ballpark figure quickly, take your salary and multiply it by 8. This will give you an estimate of how much life insurance you need.
You can improve your risk class by taking steps to better your health. This includes doing things like losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing your bad cholesterol, reducing your high blood pressure, and much more. You may also get exams prior to applying for insurance to avoid surprises. Some of these healthy changes can save you bundles of money over the life of a policy.
Some life insurance policies expire. It is important for you to keep up with the expiration date of your life insurance policy and talk to the carrier if the date draws near. You may be able to extend your policy or switch to one with different coverage options. Your insurance company will be able to let you know what options you have.
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.
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?