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Life Insurance Contracts and Implications

Jul 20, 2008
Every life insurance policy, although there is no nationwide uniformity in wording, will contain certain provisions which, in one form or another, are found in all life insurance policies. These may be called the "contents" of the policy. There are two important types of options available to purchasers of most insurance policies: dividend options and settlement options. These may be called "policy options." Finally, there are certain clauses which may or may not be affixed to the life insurance contract.

The first page of the policy is usually a statement of the actual insuring agreement between the company and the insured. The name of the beneficiary frequently is stated on the first page and the policy declares that the provisions attached are all part of the contract. The amount of the premium to be paid each quarter or each year may be stated on the front page as well. The page concludes with the signatures of the officials of the company who are authorized to sign contracts and insurance papers. These officials usually are the president, the secretary, and the registrar. Following this summary of the contract come the general provisions of the policy. Some terms that follow include circumstances including suicide, incontestability, correction of age, delay clause, deduction of indebtedness, assignments, and so on. There is much to read and much to consider. While many of these conditions and terms seem similar, it is crucial to be completely informed of each policy. Ultimately, you want to choose the best life insurance policy for you.

When it comes to life insurance, the annuity is the true insurance. It is insurance against living too long, in another words, against outliving one's ability to provide an income for him/herself. Basically, an annuity is a periodic payment made by the company in return for its having received a sum of money, the premium, from the annuitant or from another who paid the premium on behalf of the annuitant.

There are, in general, three methods of buying an annuity; by the single-premium method, by the annual-premium method, or by the use of the proceeds of a life insurance policy. Situations in which a person has accumulated significant funds to buy an annuity with a single lump sum occur less frequently than those in which a person early in life embarks upon a systematic method of buying an annuity through annual payments to a life insurance company. One of the very important settlement options offered by most life insurance contracts is the life income. This often provides the best solution to the problem of life-long support of the beneficiary. In regard to the start date of benefits beginning, annuities may be immediate or deferred.

All in all, in consideration of the amount of time you have to put into reading all of the fine print, and how many different policies you may have to go through to find the right one, it tends to get overwhelming. Sometimes it is better to go with an easier option, such as online life insurance quotes without medical exams. Some insurance companies nowadays are even letting you qualify and sign up within minutes, provided you have sufficient credit. Whatever your choice, make sure you are comfortable with it, as this is no joking matter; it's about your life, and the protection of your loved ones.
About the Author
Sarah Martin is a freelance marketing writer based out of San Diego, CA. She specializes in topics such as travel, leisure, life insurance, home improvement, finance, and education. One of the websites she works with offers free life insurance quotes at http://www.equote.com.
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