Taking out a life insurance policy is a way of protecting your loved ones should you pass. No one wants to think about their passing, but when it comes to life insurance, waiting is not an option. A family without life insurance could become financially devastated at an already difficult time. Choosing the right policy is important. Here are some tips to help you sort through all of your options.
When choosing a life insurance policy, it is important that you assess your and your family’s financial needs. Separate what you think you know from what the insurance salesman is telling you. You understand your situation better than any salesperson, which means you know how much coverage you require.
When buying life insurance, it is important that you know how your broker will be paid. If they are working strictly on commission, for example, your needs may be secondary to selling you a policy that gives the best commission. Any commission at all for your broker can lead to a conflict of interest, so always ask to see all of the alternative products before buying.
It is good practice to review and adjust your life insurance policy annually. Any major life event, such as the birth of a child, the purchase of a house or a child attending an expensive college, requires you to update your life insurance policy, otherwise, you could find yourself under-insured.
When calculating the appropriate amount of coverage to purchase with your life insurance policy, consider all the expenses that will need to be covered. However, funds for life insurance are also utilized for single expenses, such as funeral costs and estate taxes, which can be extremely costly.
Work out a budget to ensure that you buy enough life insurance coverage. Determining the right amount is often a challenge, but it will ultimately make things much easier. Consider what the cost of your mortgage, college tuition, property taxes and the retirement of your spouse, as well as inflation will be, when considering how much to get.
Once you have determined you need life insurance, next you need to figure out how much you need. There are several online calculators you can use, and some other formulas an insurance agent can help you with. If you want a ballpark figure quickly, take your salary and multiply it by 8. This will give you an estimate of how much life insurance you need.
You can improve your risk class by taking steps to better your health. This includes doing things like losing weight, quitting smoking, reducing your bad cholesterol, reducing your high blood pressure, and much more. You may also get exams prior to applying for insurance to avoid surprises. Some of these healthy changes can save you bundles of money over the life of a policy.
Life insurance is a necessity to protect your family’s financial future, should you pass. There are many different options available and, as we have discussed here, sorting through them all can become confusing. The tips we have provided should help to make the decision easier. Discuss these tips, and your insurance options, with your agent today to protect your family’s tomorrow.