Purchasing a life insurance policy might be one of the most important decisions that an individual makes. Their family’s well being and livelihood can depend upon it. Navigating the insurance industry can prove to be difficult at times though. In this article we will discuss some proven tips for both navigating the system and finding the policy that is right for you.
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 buying life insurance, it is important that you know how your broker will be paid. If they are working strictly on commission, for example, your needs may be secondary to selling you a policy that gives the best commission. Any commission at all for your broker can lead to a conflict of interest, so always ask to see all of the alternative products before buying.
When deciding what term to take for your insurance, take a look at what will need to be done with that money. If your children are newborns, a 25 year term policy will make sure that they are cared for if anything happens to you before they are able to financially take care of themselves. If you have a 30 year mortgage on your home, considering making that your term to protect your home while it’s being paid off.
Prior to purchasing life insurance, get into good physical shape. Life insurance is not typically inexpensive. It can cost even more if you are in poor health. Try and get in shape prior to taking out a life insurance policy. Start eating right, get thin, and do anything else that is required. This will decrease your costs dramatically.
While filling out the application, you should be honest about any occupational hazards or extreme hobbies that might be classified as risky. Your policy will be more expensive but you will be ineligible for coverage in case something happens to you while practicing a dangerous hobby your insurance company was unaware of. Not telling an insurer certain facts may be construed as insurance fraud, which may be a crime or tort.
Although term life insurance covers you for only a specified period of time, it does have some benefits that may make it the right choice for you. Term life insurance is vastly cheaper than whole life insurance, costing hundreds of dollars a year rather than thousands. It is flexible in that you can choose to be covered for as few as 5 or as many as 30 years with coverage ranging from $100,000 to millions. For short term needs, such as children graduating from college or a mortgage being paid off, term life insurance is ideal, especially if whole life insurance is not in your budget.
As we have discussed in this article, making a life insurance policy decision is both important and at times frustrating. We have reviewed some proven tips that can help and provided methods for making your search easier. Take some time in making your decision and don’t be afraid to ask your agent a few questions. You’ll soon secure a policy that works for you and peace of mind will follow.