Many families wonder what they would do to survive financially if they were to lose the main breadwinner. With a tough job market and skyrocketing costs of just about everything, it’s a very valid concern. Life insurance provides a safety net to protect your loved ones in the event that something happens.
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.
Determine what your needs are for life insurance. There are many calculators online that will help you get an idea of what will be needed to cover your survivor’s expenses. Research the different possibilities to help decide what amount of coverage will work best for you and your family.
Before purchasing a life insurance policy, be sure to look into the quality of the company you’re buying it from. If you purchase a life insurance policy from a low-quality company, they may not be around to pay out when it becomes necessary. Worse, there are many people out there trying to scam you out of your money by impersonating a life insurance salesman. Always check up on the reputation of the company and the salesperson before you sign anything.
One of the most important factors when deciding on a life insurance policy is choosing which company to get it from. There are various companies that offer life insurance and some offer policies at significant discounts compared to others. However, not all companies are financially stable enough to reliably pay off future claims on your insurance. These companies generally have lower credit ratings. Although getting a good deal for your money is important, it is far more important to choose a company with a high credit rating as they are more likely to be around to fulfill their responsibilities.
Compare your group life insurance against other policies. Group life policies, usually provided by your employer, may not always be the least expensive option. The rates are set based on averages — average age, average health and other important risk factors that may not apply to you. If you have excellent health, shop around to see if you can get better rates elsewhere.
If you intend on getting life insurance in the future, start planning for it, now. Take steps to improve your health, such as, quitting smoking. You can begin a fitness routine and try to reach your optimal weight. Have all the recommended health screening tests for someone of your age and gender. Work on getting your cholesterol and blood pressure to acceptable levels. Not only will you look and feel better, you’ll save a bundle on your life insurance policy.
Continuing to build savings has been difficult for many families over the past few years, and some that could afford to self-insure, may not be able to do so any more. Life insurance can fill that gap and provide the means for families to carry on if disaster should strike them.