Life insurance policies will protect your beneficiaries with financial stability and security when it matters most. In the event of your passing, life insurance provides financial help to your beneficiaries.
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Life insurance can help your beneficiaries with:
- Covering any lost income, helping continue the same standard of living
- Paying off any debts
- Paying for your children’s education
- Covering funeral and related costs
Which is right for you? First, always ask yourself why you need your life insurance policy and what you’re trying to accomplish by having a life insurance policy. Are you insuring your life so that when you pass away your children will be able to go to college or so your spouse will be able to pay off the mortgage? A temporary form of life insurance – term life – is well suited for these concerns. If you are more concerned about providing income to a widow or widower for life, funding retirement, or passing on wealth to future generations you will find permanent life insurance to be better suited for these goals. If you have a temporary goal in mind then term insurance is probably best.
However, if you are looking to address a long term need or concern then its best to look at the right permanent life insurance policies for you. Buying insurance of any kind is often confusing. There are always a lot of factors to be considered. Consult with us today to help determine the best type of life insurance and the appropriate premiums for your situation. Our agents are here to help you make a decision that’s right for you!
Permanent Life Insurance
Permanent life insurance provides protection throughout your lifetime as long as you continue to pay your premiums in full. Most permanent life insurance policies build cash value for you to use for expenses later in life like paying off a student loan or purchasing a new car. Cash value is an attractive part of many permanent life insurance plans.
- Whole life policies are the simplest and have the strongest guarantees of any type of life insurance. Whole life policies allow for the accumulation of cash value on a tax-deferred basis, which can be used when you need it. Your cash value will build slowly and steadily, but as your cash value increases you’ll see it grow faster. It pays to be patient!
- Universal life policies have flexible features that can be customized for you and your loved ones. The flexibility of universal live coverage allows for changes to the death benefit and the size and timing of the policy’s premium, to an extent. So as changes to your life take place so can your coverage. Your tax-deferred cash value account accumulates at least the guaranteed rate of interest, but may accumulate at a higher rate depending on current market rates. Meaning, you may receive more cash value than expected or you may get none at all. Consult with our professionals about overfunding to make sure your universal life policy has cash value.
- Variable life is a permanent life insurance policy with a cash value account. Variable life insurance policies require a fixed annual premium for the life of the policy and may provide a minimum guaranteed death benefit. If the cash value account exceeds a certain amount, the death benefit will increase. Variable life policies usually allow for a wider selection of investment options, known as subaccounts, for you to choose from. Your choices can range from a fixed interest subaccount to a highly volatile international growth account.
If you want a policy that can build cash value for you as well as build up some savings for later in life, talk to our agents about the right permanent life insurance plan for you!
Term Life Insurance
Term life insurance provides you protection for a specific price over a specified period of time: usually 10, 15, 20, or 30 years. Coverage expires without value at the end of the term and you will need to either convert your policy to a permanent life insurance plan or purchase a new policy for a new term. Term life insurance pays out a specified lump sum to a beneficiary only in the event that you die before the policy expires. Term life insurance is somewhat less expensive than permanent live insurance due to the drawback of having an expiration date.
Different types of term life insurance are available for you. Let us modify a plan to fit your needs and provide you the maximum amount of protection for the least amount of premium.
- Annual Renewable Term– The death benefit is a level amount and will remain the same for the term period. This policy can automatically be renewed without having to provide evidence of good health each year. The premiums may however increase each year with age.
- Level Term – The death benefit is a level amount and will remain the same for the term period. Level term policies are usually purchased for a period of 10, 20, or 30 years and the premium generally remains stable over the entire period.
- Decreasing Term – The premiums remain level over a specific term, but the amount of death benefit protection decreases throughout the term. Decreasing term insurance is best for you if you have financial obligations that decrease over time such as a mortgage or a loan.
Contact our insurance professionals today to see if term life insurance is right for you.