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 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.
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.
Make adjustments on your plans as needed. Life changes to your policy can greatly affect it. Things that can cause a change to coverage, include marriage, divorce, birth of a child or the beginning of caring for an elderly parent. You could even reach a point, most likely after your kids reach adulthood and your retirement amount is achieved, where you could stop life insurance coverage altogether.
Do what you can to better your credit. The lower your credit score, the higher your monthly premiums could possibly be. This is due to the fact that a policy holder with a low score is seen as a high risk to the insurance company. This is what causes them to charge the higher premiums. It’s so they can offset the risk.
When you determine the amount of life-insurance coverage you will need, then you will want to decide what type of policy to get. There are four main types of life insurance. They are term life, whole life, universal life and variable life. Depending on your situation, one of these will fit your needs.
When shopping around for a life insurance policy, be aware that certain occupations and hobbies are considered risky and can increase your premium. Some of these occupations include commercial fishing, logging, helicopter or airplane piloting, and roofing. Even a business executive position can be considered risky if it requires you to travel to certain perilous countries. Hobbies that are considered hazardous to your health include hang-gliding, parachuting, skiing, and motorcycling. Make sure to disclose this information to prevent your claim from being denied if the insurance company decides to investigate it.
A great tip to lower your life insurance premiums is to figure out how much insurance you actually need. You should determine this amount yourself, and do not leave it to insurance companies because they often will overestimate how much insurance you need. This will lead to higher premiums you will have to pay. Therefore, you should only purchase a policy that has the exact amount of insurance you need.
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.