When you need to protect your family’s financial situation, life insurance makes a lot of sense. Many employers offer group life insurance or your financial adviser can recommend a quality company. Life insurance can also be purchased from online sources, but it’s important to do your homework so you know what to buy.
Disability insurance is a good idea, especially if you live paycheck to paycheck. It will pay you cash in the event that you are hurt, sick or can’t work for any other reason. Your medical insurance will pay your doctor bills, but they won’t cover your day to day living expenses.
When designing your life insurance policy to pay out to a spouse, consider the tax implications of the titled spouse owning the policy. When the titled spouse dies, the policy payout then becomes part of their estate, and transferring those funds to the living spouse creates a tax burden. If the non-titled spouse owns the policy the funds are not considered to be part of the deceased’s estate.
If you are considering buying life insurance, be sure to check with your employer before going to your insurance agent. Your employer may be able to give you a better rate on life insurance due to having made a deal with the life insurance company to insure a large number of people. You may be able to get life insurance for yourself and your family members at very attractive rates.
Don’t buy more life insurance than you actually need. You want to buy just enough for your family’s needs. Buying too much life insurance means that you’ll end up paying a lot more in premiums. Be sure, though, that you don’t skimp on your insurance and end up with a policy that won’t provide for your family.
Be a careful consumer and question insurance salesmen or representatives about the information and statistics they give you. If they say they know more than the ratings agencies, that is a red flag. If they say ratings are not important, that is another red flag. If they say they cannot find a rating on a company, they are probably lying. You can file a complaint with the company if you feel the agent is being dishonest.
Life insurance is a premium you will pay (we hope!)for a long time. Therefore it is important to consider affordability. But you don’t want to let cost blind you to an equally important concern: trust. Can you trust this insurance agent? Does his company have the longevity and reliability you need?
Don’t shy away from the old-fashioned life insurance salesmen out there. They might not show up at your door these days, but speaking with a live insurance agent as opposed to dealing with a computer could end up saving you some big money over the life of your insurance policy. No pun intended.
Life insurance can help you sleep at night, knowing your family is well-provided for, if something should happen. Finding the right life insurance for you involves an assessment of your personal needs. Decide on the level of coverage you need and start making inquiries. Life insurance is more affordable now than ever.