2010 was a much improved year for America's insurance industry after suffering through 2009, which was a terrible year. During the last few years, write offs in the insurance industry occurred in record amounts. Overall this helped to push insurance rates down. Tough competition and company consolidations were also prevalent, which helps reduce rates as well across the board in order to attract and keep customers. It appears at this point that the worst is behind us. Over the next several years consumers can expect to see life insuran[ read more » ]
Benefits of Life Insurance
May 20, 2009 | Featured
Obtaining a life insurance policy is something many people don’t give much thought. None of us like to think we might die prematurely, but as we all know the nature of life is that it is unpredictable. The question you need to ask yourself is, if you were to die unexpectedly would your family have the financial means to support themselves?
A solid life insurance policy can provide your family with the financial protection they will need should the unfortunate event occur. You would not want your family having to deal with financial difficulties during their grieving process. If you have children or other dependents that financially depend on you, or you have a mortgage or other significant debt, taking out a life insurance policy should be a serious consideration to make sure that your family will not suffer financial problems in the event of your death.
Life insurance has several important benefits. Proceeds from the policy can go toward funeral and legal costs, pay off death taxes and any debts you might owe, and also be used to establish a trust fund to pay for your children’s education expenses.
Some policies come with a guaranteed value. What this means that if you elect to cancel your life insurance policy, for whatever reason, the guaranteed value of the policy will be refunded to you. Sometimes the guaranteed value will be paid out to the beneficiary as well as policy’s value. This will depend on what type of life insurance policy that you originally signed up for.
If you sign up for a life insurance policy when you are still at a young age, the benefits can be even greater. Your premiums will generally be less expensive. You will also be covered for life as long as you make your payments on time. If you wait, and develop an illness or other condition it may prevent you from being able to take out life insurance coverage later in life. It is far easier to obtain a life insurance policy, as well as obtaining it at a lower cost,when you are young and healthy.
Before taking out a life insurance policy, you should speak with a financial planner or advisor to make sure you have the proper coverage for you and your family’s situation. You want to make sure the coverage is sufficient to meet you family’s financial needs in case of your untimely death.
Most insurance companies offer Term Life and Permanent Life Insurance policies. Premium payments are generally lower on Permanent Life policies. With Term Life insurance, the coverage is for a specified time period, generally between five to thirty years. If you do not renew the policy and the coverage lapses your beneficiary would not receive the life insurance benefits if you should die during any lapsed period.
Before taking out any life insurance policy, it is critical that you understand what your insurance needs are. In many cases a combination of term life and permanent life insurance may be necessary to provide sufficient coverage to meet your family’s financial needs.
The most important benefit that life insurance provides is peace of mind for not only you but your family as well. No one wants to think of dying a premature death. However, if you do have children or others who financially depend on you, you must consider life insurance. The last thing you would want is to have your family worrying about paying for living expenses, as well as your funeral expenses, while they are grieving. A solid life insurance policy will alleviate many of these worries.