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.
Save money on your policy by cleaning up your bad habits and improving your health. Your policy will be priced based upon your risk class, which is determined by many different health factors. Losing excess weight, quitting smoking and getting your cholesterol in check, will reduce your premiums.
When purchasing a life insurance policy it is vitally important that you are completely 100% honest when answering questions about past medical history and other items raised such as drug use. An insurance claim can be declined if it is ever determined that the initial information provided was not true.
If you are looking to purchase a life insurance policy and you are a smoker, try to quit. This is because most life insurance companies will not provide insurance to a smoker, as they are more at risk to getting lung cancer and other smoking-related conditions. Companies that will provide insurance to a smoker will usually charge higher premium rates.
When looking for a life insurance policy, make sure to get long term coverage that is going to fulfill all of your needs. You do not want to be stuck paying money on a policy that is all wrong for you. If you are unsure about which is best for you, ask your insurance agent.
Buy your life insurance policy from a reliable company that is still likely to be around to pay your death benefit should you pass away 10, 20 or 50 years from the time you purchase it. Avoid unfamiliar insurance companies that don’t have a proven track record. You’re much safer going with one of the well-known companies that have been in business for decades.
Before purchasing a life insurance policy, you must always perform research on your own. You will want to make sure that the policy actually addresses your own concerns and is affordable to you. Also make sure you understand the whole contract.
Use an online calculator to help you determine how much life insurance you need. Things to consider are the costs of supporting your spouse until he or she retires, paying for your children’s expenses until they graduate from college, and the cost of paying off your mortgage and automobiles.
If you are buying a life insurance policy for the first time, remember that insurance is for protection, not for investment. Term insurance provides only protection without a savings component, and is therefore much less expensive than whole or universal life insurance policies. It is almost always better to purchase term insurance.
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?