Many families wonder what they would do to survive financially if they were to lose the main breadwinner. With a tough job market and skyrocketing costs of just about everything, it’s a very valid concern. Life insurance provides a safety net to protect your loved ones in the event that something happens.
As you get older, evaluate how your life insurance needs have changed to be sure you aren’t paying more than you should. For example, if you are retired and your children are all employed and living independently, there is no need for a zillion-dollar policy. They simply don’t need that income if something should happen to you. So if you have no dependents in the house and no debts, you should ramp down your life insurance coverage to a minimum level – say, to support only your spouse if he or she survives you.
To get a good life insurance rate, purchase life insurance while you’re still young. Rates are lower the younger you are, and you can keep paying the same rate as time goes on. You may not need life insurance now, but you’ll need it in the future. Being proactive about your life insurance will help you get a great policy for a low cost.
If you have a life insurance policy that is well founded, meaning you have a growing balance, you may be able to borrow against it to get the money that you need for a down payment on a house. If you do not want to borrow against it, you could even cash it out and start over on it again.
Don’t ever lie on a life insurance policy application. While it may seem like a tempting idea to say, for example, that you don’t smoke when you do, lying on your application is grounds for your insurance coverage to cancel your policy when the deception is eventually uncovered. Tell the truth and shop around for the best price instead.
Sometimes in life insurance, more coverage is actually cheaper. As the amount of coverage increases, the cost per thousand dollars of coverage will decrease. For some companies, the math works out such that buying a bigger policy actually costs you less per month in premiums. Always ask for price quotes for multiple levels of coverage when shopping for insurance.
Avoid paying high commissions when you are purchasing life insurance. Commissions are paid to your insurance agent or broker, but the cost of commission is a part of the price that you pay. You can save a lot of money with “no load” policies if you can locate an insurance company who will directly sell you this type of policy.
Always be truthful when applying for life insurance. Disclose all of your information truthfully, so that your insurance company has no reason to contest your coverage. Upon your death, the insurance company will review your policy information. Any withheld details could cause the insurance company to deny your insurance claim, which will deprive your remaining family from any insurance proceeds and defeat the purpose of all of your insurance payments.
Continuing to build savings has been difficult for many families over the past few years, and some that could afford to self-insure, may not be able to do so any more. Life insurance can fill that gap and provide the means for families to carry on if disaster should strike them.