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.
When creating a divorce settlement that requires one parent to maintain life insurance in order to keep custody of children, create the insurance policy before signing the divorce settlement. This speeds up the settlement process and insures that any kinks in the making of the insurance policy are dealt with before the custody issues.
When shopping for life insurance, be sure to know the differences between the two main types: term life and permanent. Term life is a chosen amount of years that your benefactors are eligible to receive your insurance money. If you outlive these years, then the plan is void. Permanent life insurance stays with you until you die, but rates will generally be higher.
Term life insurance is the most effective for a single parent. Whole life completely disregards the reason you are looking for insurance and that is to take care of your children in case of tragedy. Term life is much more affordable than whole life and it provides all of the protection you need to care for your family.
Life insurance will help out your loved ones that are left behind if you pass away. Funerals these days are expensive, and if you have life insurance, it won’t leave the ones that are still living an astronomical bill to pay. It can also help pay for your children’s college, if you are not around to do so.
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.
When purchasing term life insurance, consider how long it will be until your children are financially independent and your debts are paid off. The point of life insurance is to protect family members such as children who are totally dependent on your income. Take a policy that will outlast the period of your children’s dependence and any long-term loans such as a mortgage.
Purchasing term life insurance, as opposed to full-life insurance, is a wise choice for most consumers, but selecting the right term length is key. Factors to consider as you select the term is your own age, the age of your dependents, the nature of your financial commitments, as well as what you can reasonably afford. You may want to consider basing the term around fulfillment of milestone expenses like when your youngest child will have graduated from college or when the house will be fully paid off. Alternatively, many people choose a term that covers them until they can access their retirement resources. Whatever your own considerations may be, choosing your term length thoughtfully will bring many years of peace of mind.
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.