Life insurance is an immensely beneficial tool that offers you financial protection against the risk of death. But there seems to be a lot of confusion in general about the concept due to varied reasons such as the complex nature of life insurance and people’s tendency to avoid discussing about their demise. Below mentioned important aspects about life insurance will help you understand the concept so as to enable you in making the wise decision to invest in life insurance.
Life insurance helps compensate for the inevitable financial consequences arising due to the death of the insured.
It lessens the sudden financial burden of the family members at the time of unexpected death of their loved one. The family can use the claim benefit to pay the funeral expenses, outstanding debts and mortgages, planned educational expenses and lost income. Thus, a life insurance policy can provide valuable peace of mind to the policy holder as he is assured that it would come to the rescue of his loved ones in case he ceases to exist.
Life Insurance is an immensely beneficial financial tool
If you have financial dependents, it is vital that you should purchase life insurance. Your spouse or dependent children necessarily require financial protection. But, even if you are someone’s ex-spouse, sibling of a dependent adult, a child of dependent parents, an employer, an employee or a business partner, you may need to purchase insurance. On the other hand, if you are stably retired or financially independent and your absence won’t cause financial hardship for anybody, then you don’t need life insurance. However, you can use life insurance as an effective financial tool.
A life insurance policy involves four primary stakeholders/key persons
These are- the insurer, the owner, the insured and the beneficiary. Insurance company is the insurer which provides life insurance coverage and pays out claims in the case of a death. The owner of the policy pays premiums to the insurance company. The person upon whose life the policy is based is the ‘insured.’ And finally, the beneficiary is the person, trust or other entity who will receive the claim (death benefit) in case the insured dies. For example, Mr. A is both the owner and the insured for a life insurance policy with XYZ insurance company (insured). He will pay the premiums to the insurance company. His spouse Mrs. B is the beneficiary. So, she will receive the death benefit in case Mr. A dies.
Choices available for life insurance
Among the various choices available for life insurance, we can broadly categorize life insurance into Term Insurance and Permanent Insurance. While on one hand, Term Life plan offers protection with minimum expenses but limited features, Universal Life plan offers most comprehensive coverage and features by investing more payment in the premiums. In term life insurance, the policy premium is based upon the probability that the insured will die within a stated term— typically 10, 20 or 30 years. The premiums are guaranteed during the opted term after which they can escalate. But, in permanent life insurance, the premiums are guaranteed for life. Permanent life insurance offers cash build up within the policy.
Consult an advisor inperson if you plan to purchase life insurance
Though online tools can provide you initial assistance in gaining a general idea about financial requirements (premiums) of life insurance policy, when you actually intend to purchase insurance, it’s always better to consult an expert insurance agent. Since the agent is well aware of the related procedures for application and underwriting and, has a better understanding of various insurance carriers offering insurance, he will help you in choosing the best option available at affordable rates keeping in mind your health condition and financial capability.
If you intend to cancel an existing policy that you consider is inappropriate, proceed carefully
If you feel that your present insurance policy is not appropriate or, you don’t require it anymore, take necessary steps before cancelling it. If you need to replace an existing overpaid policy with an appropriate one, buy the right policy coverage before cancelling the existing one. It’s indeed important because with the passage of time, any change/complication in your health condition may also render you ineligible for a new policy, leaving you without any coverage. A timely consultation with an experienced advisor will help you in getting proper coverage in place before you cancel the existing policy.
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