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7 Life Insurance Questions Answered.

Apr 11, 2008
More and more people are now realizing the value of taking out a life insurance policy. You are most probably considering to buy a life insurance policy for the financial protection it should provide for your family if you died before they do.

Nowadays it gets easier and faster to get quotes. In earlier days, once you decided to get a life insurance policy and you needed to get quotes, you had to devote a considerable amount of time and effort.

Which policy is going to provide me the best value for my money?

When it comes to asking people what they think is best, you get as many different answers as there are people. The two mainstream options are either life or term coverage and both are very different when you compare the benefits they offer.

Can Term Coverage be the best choice for me?

In contrast to whole life insurance policies, term life insurance policies offer only coverage for a certain timespan. Because term policies offer life insurance coverage for a fixed term, it can be cheaper and could be therefor be the best option for you. If you are interested in obtaining a term life insurance policy, you will have to decide on a period of time. Also consider this: in the case where the assured are still alive at the end of the term, the term life insurance policy normally finishes and nothing is payable.

What if I want to get one policy for ever?

Although a 30 year term life insurance policy can fulfill many long term life insurance needs, it does not come close to the benefits of whole life insurance unless you only look at the premium. All policies only last until you die, but if you don't want to take out life insurance every now and then, you may want to get long-term cover that will also be able to incorporate other long term benefits. In that case I would recommend that you consider getting a whole life insurance policy. Whole Life Insurance is insuring you for the whole of your life and although the premium rate tends to be more expensive than a term life insurance rate, more people prefer this type of policy because of the cash value that this investment option accumulates.

Where do I begin my search?

Before you begin your search for the best life insurance rate, take into consideration your current age, the kind of policy you may want as well as all the features and options. Also to consider is how much coverage your family really need. You may search locally, online and even ask your boss about possible group life benefits that your company may be able to provide. One way to get the right cover, is to different option from different life insurance companies.

What about medical examinations?

Sometimes a life insurance company may require a medical examination to calculate the risk of them having to pay out more than what they could earn if you keep breathing longer than you thought you would. Should that be the case, the life insurance company will request you to see your doctor and may also request certain medical examinations be done. In bigger cities these services may be done at a pathology centre which may evidently also cater to send the information through to the companies. If that is the case, the whole application is handled much faster than it would have taken otherwise.

Once I have insurance, what then?

Once you have taken out a life insurance policy, you still may want to consider additional coverage when the family is expecting a newborn. If the policy you have is a term policy, make sure you have a renewal ready when the term end.

What if I want to cancel?

Make sure you understand all of the benefits of your policy compared to those of a new one, should you cancel and take out a new policy.
About the Author
Gert Hough writes articles about whole life insurance and answers the common questions regarding whole life insurance versus term life insurance.
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