None of us are able to forecast the future. We may have a good idea of what will happen if current conditions continue. But we are unable to predict the unexpected. Life insurance is an important way to provide for the unexpected–as it will affect those we love. Here are some tips to consider.
Make sure you understand all the exclusions, inclusions, and terms involved in your contract before signing on the dotted line. Items like non-payment for pre-existing diseases, no coverage if you were doing an activity considered dangerous and other exclusions are very common. Read the fine print and understand fully what you are paying for.
Do not purchase more life insurance than is necessary for your family’s needs. The higher your coverage is, the higher your premiums will be. A million dollar policy sounds nice, but chances are you’ll never even have to cash it out. Save yourself the money and just choose a policy that covers your needs.
Disclose everything regarding your life and your health when purchasing life insurance. If anything that you failed to mention contributes to your passing, you may have rendered your insurance null and avoid. The most expensive insurance policy in the world is the one that doesn’t pay out when it’s needed.
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.
Once you obtain life insurance, it is important to inform those who may be affected about it. Make sure your beneficiary is well informed with all of the documents and understands the content on your policy so that there is no confusion if they have to one day claim them.
Life insurance policies are more cost effective the earlier they are started. Even if there is no one that immediately depends on your income, if such a situation is likely years in the future, then life insurance is something you should consider. For example, if you don’t have children yet but expect to have a child one day, investing in a life insurance policy now will be more cost effective than investing later.
Try to avoid the “guaranteed issue” life insurance policies. These policies are given to almost everyone who applies and they don’t require medical exams. The issue is that the issuing company doesn’t know if the policy holder is healthy, which makes these risky to the company. While this policy could be convenient, these risks mean that they will be more expensive for the customer. They tend to only be beneficial when a person is in poor health and cannot get any other type of life insurance policy.
Life insurance is one of those things we want to buy, but hope will not be used–at least for a long time. These tips will provide guidance in choosing a life insurance policy to cover future provision for your family in case you are not there. Its greatest value is peace of mind for you and your loved ones.