Purchasing life insurance is similar to renting a comfort zone to ensure your families fortune. There are many complex issues that must be considered when deciding upon a life insurance policy. The following tips are guidelines to get you started in making the right decision and choice for your individual needs.
Prior to buying a life insurance policy, make certain to do some comparison shopping. The price differences between companies can vary widely, as much as 50%. Check the coverage prices online at comparison websites as well as the insurance companies’ official sites. You also need to make sure that your medical history is taken into account in any quote you receive.
Purchase life insurance when you are young rather than when you are old. Putting off purchasing life insurance until later life to avoid paying premiums can end up costing you more. The earlier in life you purchase a life insurance policy, the lower your premiums will be and the less likely you are to be refused a policy.
Disclose any high-risk jobs or hobbies. While it may cost you more in premium cost, it’s better than having a claim declined by the insurance company. Not telling an insurer certain facts may be construed as insurance fraud, which may be a crime or tort.
Sometimes in life insurance, more coverage is actually cheaper. As the amount of coverage increases, the cost per thousand dollars of coverage will decrease. For some companies, the math works out such that buying a bigger policy actually costs you less per month in premiums. Always ask for price quotes for multiple levels of coverage when shopping for insurance.
Before purchasing life insurance, you must understand that insurance is for protection purposes only, which does not include investing. Term insurance gives you protection only, with no savings. Whole life and universal policies offer savings, but they are a lot more expensive and you would be better off using the cost savings to invest in something else.
Make sure that you are aware of how the insurance agents and financial planners make their money. They have to sell a policy or other insurance products to you in order to make a profit. The ones that work fee-plus-commission charge a fee and a commission for their products. The ones that work fee-only do not sell products. They sell guidance. In turn, you’d use that guidance to purchase your own policy.
Always be truthful when applying for life insurance. Disclose all of your information truthfully, so that your insurance company has no reason to contest your coverage. Upon your death, the insurance company will review your policy information. Any withheld details could cause the insurance company to deny your insurance claim, which will deprive your remaining family from any insurance proceeds and defeat the purpose of all of your insurance payments.
Being prepared and knowing that your family is protected should something happen to you is both responsible and loving. Take the time to look over all the information and choices that you have and decide the best policy for your family. Purchasing a life insurance policy is the greatest gift one can give to their family.