Buying life insurance is one of the most important things you will do to help protect the security of your family and loved ones. Before purchasing a life insurance policy, it is crucially important that you educate yourself and conduct the research necessary to determine what type of policy is best for you and your family.
If you meet with an agent for life insurance or for that matter, any type of insurance and they listen to your needs and make recommendations on the spot, you may want to consider meeting with someone else. An agent should get to know you and your needs, do some research to find the best possible options and then meet with you again to discuss them and then, plan a course of action.
It is important to have a sufficient life insurance policy. You should have enough insurance to cover at least five years of your current salary, if you are married. If you have children or many debts, you should have upwards of ten years salary’s worth of life insurance. Insurance will help your loved ones cover expenses when you are gone.
Drop bad habits and get into good shape prior to opening a life insurance policy. If you are in good physical health, you are likely to get a better rate from your provider. Smoking, high cholesterol, blood pressure, as well as depression, can drive up your rates more than you would think.
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.
Some life insurance companies may suggest that you purchase a mortgage insurance policy, which pays off your mortgage should you die. However, it is wiser to take the amount of your mortgage into account when purchasing coverage for a term life insurance or whole life insurance policy. This makes more sense because your mortgage steadily declines over time, although your mortgage insurance premium does not. In the long run, it is more cost effective to include the amount of your mortgage in with your life insurance policy.
Life insurance can help ease the burden to your family by helping with funeral and burial expenses. Policies also pay your family an amount that you designate. For a relatively low monthly cost, your family can be covered $100,000, $250,000, $500,000, or another amount that is right for you.
Get yourself a policy that has a “conversion to permanent” clause. This refers to the fact that at any time, the policy holder can switch their term insurance into permanent insurance without further medical exams. While this may not save money at first, it will eventually save money if you start suffering from poor from health problems before the policy runs out.
As was stated in the beginning of this article, life insurance is necessary, in order to protect your family, in case something ever happens to you. When tragedy strikes, you want to make sure your family is cared for. Apply the advice contained in this article to help you purchase a life insurance plan that is perfect for you and your family.