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How To Make The Right Life Insurance Decision

Jan 27

 

Most people put off on getting life insurance. It isn't something they are going to see any benefits for within their lifetime, so why bother? If there is anyone that you care about who might suffer financially when you are gone, you might want to reconsider. Here are some helpful tips to get you started.

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When choosing a life insurance policy, it is important that you assess your and your family's financial needs. Separate what you think you know from what the insurance salesman is telling you. You understand your situation better than any salesperson, which means you know how much coverage you require.

Make sure you understand all the exclusions, inclusions, and terms involved in your contract before signing on the dotted line. Items like non-payment for pre-existing diseases, no coverage if you were doing an activity considered dangerous and other exclusions are very common. Read the fine print and understand fully what you are paying for.

It is crucial that you ask if a potential life insurance policy covers accidental death, as some insurance companies will not cover this. Anything can happen to you and want you to be assured that your family will be able to pay for your final expenses. If you are unsure, ask your insurance company.

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.

If you have never had life insurance before, it is highly recommended that you consult with a financial representative prior to deciding on a policy. Although you may feel that you can adequately determine your dependents' needs in the event of your death, a financial representative has far more experience and will generally be able to advise you on other variables you have not thought of. You might actually need significantly more coverage than you assumed.

You need to find out if your life insurance policy is convertible. Some insurance carriers will allow you to transfer your policy to a different policy within a certain amount of time. It is important to always know what options are available to you and to make sure you always have coverage that fits your needs.

When you are looking in to life insurance, always remember to research the quality of the company. There are rating agencies for rating insurance companies, so check them out to help you decide which company offers what you need yet has a solid financial background and has been able to meet all its financial obligations.

When consulting an advisor about a life insurance policy, do not be afraid to ask tough questions. You should completely know all the different policies before purchasing one. For example, you should know if your policy is renewable, and how long the premiums will last. In addition, you should know if there are exclusions. These are important things you must consider before purchasing life insurance.

Check to make sure if you can enter into a group plan insurance policy or not through your employer. It is often the case that the same companies offering group health insurance will also have group life insurance policies available for a fraction of the cost of purchasing the policy solo.

Before you undergo a physical for your new life insurance policy, you should reduce or eliminate your caffeine intake. Caffeine is not prohibited, but since it is a stimulant, it can play havoc with your blood pressure, heart rate and may even give you the jitters, which won't come off well during a medical exam.

If you're choosing a AAA rated company to do your business with, you might just be disappointed. Because these companies are so concerned with keeping their flawless credit ratings, they are extremely particular about to whom they will grant a policy. Basically, you have to be the 'picture of health' and youth.

If you have minor children, purchase enough life insurance to offset their expenses until adulthood. The loss of your income could have a significant impact on your children's lives, and life insurance can help close the financial gap. This affects not only day-to-day expenses, but also those larger ones like college costs.

Make sure you keep a copy of your policy in a safe place. You should also let your beneficiaries know where the copies are located so that they can quickly access them if they ever need to make an insurance claim.

Hopefully, these tips have given you some food for thought. The future is uncertain. It never pays to put off things like life insurance. Don't wait until you are ill and won't be able to afford what it would cost you. Your loved ones could end up paying the price, further down the line.

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