Life Insurance: Coverage for you and your family

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When you have family members depending on your income, saving for the future of your loved ones is a good idea. Investing in life insurance will give you enough financial support to take care of the future of your loved ones when you are no longer around. A life insurance plan also makes provision for a cash value where a part of your premium is put into a savings account. Hence, while you invest for a secured future, you can make savings too.

What is life insurance?

Life Insurance means insuring your life to save for the future of your family. If you have family members depending on your income you may invest in life insurance. This is a contract between you and your insurance company where your insurer agrees to pay a certain amount of money to your beneficiary in the event of your death.
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What are the types of life insurance?

  • Term Life Insurance:

    For those who are running on a budget, you can opt for a simple life insurance. Term life insurance allows the beneficiary death benefits for a specific period or 'term'. This term may be 1 or more years and the benefits are paid only in the event of death of the policy holder within the term of the policy.

    There are certain term life insurance that can be renewed for more than one additional term. However, if you do so, your premiums may go higher. You may even sometimes be allowed to trade your term life insurance for a whole life insurance policy.

    Term Insurances are of 5 types:

    1. Annual renewal term insurance: Allows you to renew your term insurance every year till you reach a specific age which often freezes at 65.
    2. Renewable term insurance: With expiry of the term of the policy (generally 5-20 years), you can automatically renew the policy even if your health condition has worsened. It is similar to the annual renewable policy but this one is for a longer period of time.
    3. Level premium term insurance: Ensures that your premiums will not go higher for the term (between 5 and 20 years) of your policy.
    4. Decreasing term insurance: Allows your premiums to stay level throughout while decreasing your cash benefits each year. Such policies are usually used to cover items whose costs decrease with time.
    5. Convertible term insurance: With this policy you may convert your term insurance into any other type of life insurance policy that the company offers.

  • Whole Life Insurance:

    A whole life insurance covers a policy holder for his entire life. There is no date of expiry like in a term life insurance and the death benefits will be received by the beneficiary mentioned in the policy only in the event of the death of the policy holder. If you buy a whole life insurance you will have to pay a higher premium as compared to a term life insurance. The reason for this is that a certain portion of the premium paid for whole life insurance is put away into a savings program.

    When you compare the total premiums paid for whole life insurance and the total premiums paid for term life insurance it is seen that whole life insurance is less expensive. Even if you pay higher premiums for whole life insurance, the fact is that the premiums remain the same throughout the tenure of the insurance. But in the case of term life insurance, you may be paying lesser premiums in the beginning, but as you renew your term policy, premiums will increase. Hence, the total value accrued in term policy is bigger than a whole life insurance.

    Certain clauses in a whole life insurance allow you to pay premiums for a lesser period of time. The greatest advantage in this policy is that the premiums develop cash values that may be claimed or used for purchasing rider policies for more protection. Few of the whole life insurance benefits are:

    • Guaranteed death benefits
    • Guaranteed cash values
    • Fixed annual premiums

    A whole life insurance also known as "straight life" or "ordinary life" insurance, is not just an investment for your future alone, but also for the future of your family.

    To understand the basic difference between term life insurance and whole life insurance click here.

  • Universal Life Insurance:

    Universal life insurance is a flexible policy that provides security for you and your family. To know more please click here.

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How to save money on life insurance policy?

When you shop for life insurance coverage, there are certain ways by which you can save money on your policy. You must look for a policy that meets your needs and the right kind of benefits received. If you think that buying a policy with a low premium will save your money think again. If you buy inadequate insurance, it will be a sheer waste of money. However, you can maximize your life insurance dollars using some of the tips provided here.
  1. Seek financially sound companies: Look for companies that are financially strong so that when your beneficiary(s) make a claim, he may receive the benefits of life insurance without hassle.

  2. Shop around: Get life insurance quotes from more than one insurance provider. You may even ask an insurance agent or an insurance broker to get you few insurance quotes from different carriers. You may then compare the quotations and find a policy that suits your needs as well as pocket.

  3. Seek group insurance: Employer provided group life insurance is often given at subsidized rates so you may find a less expensive policy here. Even if you have to pay premiums out of your own pocket this might be a good idea for the subsidized rate they provide. However, premiums paid by you will probably be through payroll deduction which is convenient. But a comparison of group and individual rates depending on your age, health must be done to assess which is the best policy for you.

  4. Change in lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle. Smoking may rate you as a risk option and you may have to pay higher premiums. Exercise regularly and consider making more lifestyle changes if necessary.
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How to decide on the type of life insurance to choose from?

You may go for term life insurance if:
  • You need to make a short term investment and not a permanent one. With term life insurance benefits you can ensure the education of your children if you can invest in time. If there is a debt that you have to pay off, you may invest in term life insurance. Term life insurance covers you for a term of 5 to 20 years.

  • You need a big amount of life insurance with a premium that suits your pocket. A term insurance usually pays only in the event of death of the policyholder. However, if you are alive at the time the policy ends, term life insurance coverage will stop until you renew it. But here, you will not build a savings like in a whole life insurance.
You may opt for whole life insurance if:
  • You need life insurance stretching for the tenure of your life. A whole life insurance would pay the beneficiary the death benefit no matter when the policyholder dies.

  • You feel the need to accumulate a savings on a tax-deferred basis. A whole life insurance has its own savings program that puts aside a certain portion of the amount you pay as premiums into the savings program.
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Can you pay your mortgage with life insurance?

Yes. With mortgage life insurance your mortgage loan can be paid for in the event of your death in a time when the loan is not paid off fully. This insurance is available for 15 and 30 years where for the first 5 years, the amount of insurance is level and then decreases on an annual basis. The premiums for mortgage life insurance can be paid annually, semi-annually, quarterly or monthly.

How should you choose a life insurance company?

When choosing a life insurance company, take the following into consideration:
  • Identity of companies - Make sure to know the full name, office location and affiliation of the insurance company that you plan to buy from.

  • Product sold - Check out what products the company is selling. Most often the companies provide a wide range of policies. Check for what you need and if they have it you may consider buying from them.

  • Financial Security - Select a company that is strong financially and has been in business for long. Your life insurance is an investment to secure your lifetime. Be sure that your insurance company will make life easy for you and not otherwise.

  • Ethics - Check if your company abides by the codes of conducts and principles of the Insurance Marketplace Standards Association. This non-profit organization promotes ethical conduct in life insurance marketing.

  • Agent - An agent is supposed to help you out with your insurance needs on behalf of the company. You must consider taking help from a reliable person only. If there is any discomfort in dealing with the agent, move to another one.

  • Cost of insurance - Based on your age, type of policy and features, and the amount of insurance to be purchased, compare one insurance company with the others. Find out one which offers a better coverage.

  • Claims - A national claims database will give you the complaints (if any) against an insurance company. You may want to check to find if the company you are considering buying from is listed for consumer complaint.
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How does a life insurance company choose you?

Your application for a life insurance policy has to go through the insurance underwriting process before it's approved. The underwriters evaluate the risks associated with your application and forward it to the insurance processing department of the company.

Factors that influence underwriting procedure for Life Insurance
  1. Age of the individual to be insured.
  2. Gender of the person
  3. Pre-existing medical conditions
  4. Medical records of the family
  5. Smoker or non-smoker
  6. Mental health of the person
  7. Occupation
  8. Hobbies or lifestyle habits (activities like race car driving, mountain climbing or bungee jumping might be marked as risky)
  9. Driving records
  10. Credit history
  11. Selection of coverage limits, benefits etc.
  12. Medical reports after thorough health check-up including tests like :
    • > Blood pressure level
      > Blood sugar level
      > Cholesterol level
      > Weight of the individual
      > Urine tests
      > Blood tests
      > EKG/ECG
      > X-Rays
      > Stress tests etc.

Click here to know how the above mentioned factors affect the rates of a life insurance policy.

Your life insurance policy might not come to your assistance in your lifetime. However it'll help securing the future of your loved ones when you won't be there to take care of them. A small amount spent at regular intervals will thus be able to give you the sense of security, as you hand over the risks to your insurer. Top

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2013 5:43 am   Post subject: Are people still here?  

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 4:36 am   Post subject:   

Can I get life insurance for my 88 year old Mother


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Yeah, you can! But (depending on her health) that would burn your pocket. A better idea is keeping the money in a savings account. It'd help for the medical expenses, any debts, and the last rituals.



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 2:46 pm   Post subject:   

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(depending on her health) that would burn your pocket.
The part about burning a hole is reasonably accurate. As for the health issue, if you can even find a company willing to write new coverage on a person after age 84, it will be a guaranteed issue product with a limit of no more than $25,000, so health is not an issue.



If the primary (or only) concern is coverage for burial expenses, a local mortuary/funeral home may have other "pre-need" options that are less costly.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 7:04 am   Post subject: life insurance  

My father had a life insurance policy thru independent forresters which he didn't know about and the executor changed it for her to be sole beneficiary saying I was a witness I know this wasn't done I have original policy what should I do?


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My father had a life insurance policy thru independent forresters which he didn't know about




First things first: I'm assuming your father is no longer with us?



If not, has Foresters already paid a death claim?



At some point, someone took a life insurance policy out on him without his knowledge?



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The executor - a female - made changes to the policy? The key word here is Changed . To me, this indicates that at some point, the beneficiary was someone other than the evil executor.



Who named the original beneficiary? It obviously must have been the person who took out the policy without your father's knowledge.



If the policy was a big secret. how did the evil executor know about it - if she wasn't the original beneficiary or policy owner?



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Was it you that took the policy out on your father without his knowledge? Is that how you ended up with the original policy?



What [exactly] did you supposedly witness?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:12 pm   Post subject:   

The real question that needs to be asked is "WHO IS THE POLICYOWNER?" That's the only person who has the right to make changes to the policy, such as naming the beneficiary.



An EXECUTOR only comes into "power" after a person has died, such as the executor of a will. But once a person has died, no changes may be made to a life insurance contract.



There is too much missing information to be able to address this more specifically at this time.



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Max, you are always so abrupt! LMAO

We would have gotten there ...eventually



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:06 pm   Post subject: agent  

fails to change beneficiary per insured person request and insured person passes away what could I possible do about I talk to the agent and she doesn't understand why it isn't in system file also spoke with person at insurance company they told me to get agent and have her find the paper work where changes were made


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 4:17 am   Post subject: Mortgage Life Insurance  

If a decreasing term policy cost as much as a level term policy, why would any individual opt for mortgage life insurance?

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:10 pm   Post subject:   

5-, 10-, 20-, or even 30-year term policies, are merely the industry's way of avoiding the objection people have to the annual increase in the cost of term insurance.



The insurance company adds up the number of term premiums that will be required on the policy in total, divides by the number of years for which a level premium is guaranteed, discounts for the time value of the money using the interest rates available at the time, and charges the resulting level premiums rather than the actual yearly renewable term rate. in this, you can see the evolution toward level premium life insurance. In effect, the insurance companies charge more in the beginning so that they don't have to charge such a high amount at the end.



Yearly renewable term insurance normally is the most efficient way to provide for life insurance needs. When maximum protection is desired with the minimum current outlay of cash, we can level the cost of term insurance through the use of the mortgage term insurance. With mortgage insurance, coverage is taken away (i.e., the amount of life insurance is reduced) and the same amount is charged each year for the smaller amount of life insurance, as the policy owner gets older. Thus, the cost per $1000 of coverage does increase with age, but the premium stays the same because there is less coverage.



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2014 3:58 am   Post subject:   

A 30-year decreasing term policy should not cost the same as a 30-year level term policy for the simple reason Mark has stated above, the amount of protection is decreasing each year. If you have been quoted the same price for level and decreasing term from the same company . . . look somewhere else -- FAST!!



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