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Selecting The Right Life Insurance Policy

Jan 24, 2008
Some families would never consider buying life insurance without the help of an insurance agent because there are many types of insurance policies to choose from and selecting the wrong type might not provide the right protection that a family needs. Some people pay higher insurance rates due to this error and will make changes to insurance policies and lose money invested in other policies.

A person can select insurance policies that provide term life coverage, or those that are universal life policies. Some families believe they want to consider whole life policies and fail to get any because the differences in the policies can be very confusing to some families. Most people would assume that life insurance covers only one person at a time and are amazed to discover how wrong they were. Life insurance policies have been tied to retirement accounts and the monetary amounts that a family will naturally expect to receive if there is a death.

Some situations occur in life that make investing in a long-term insurance policy hard. People have the choice of committing to the payments on a full term policies that could stretch payments over sixty years or more, if the person enjoys a long life span or they can select term insurance policies that would cover a specific time period. Some new parents will choose a term life policy when a child is born but only make insurance payments for ten years or until the child reaches the legal age of consent, which is 21 in most States.

Most people would consider $100,000 limit on an insurance policy adequate because the purpose of the policy is to pay off debts after death. That type of term life insurance would take care of all financial obligations for many families but some families might require a little more financial security after a loved one is gone. The terms for term life coverage can cover terms of life based on increments of 10 years and the age limitations on each policy issue will differ during each increment.

Life insurance policies can be designed to take care of burial expenses, outstanding loans and loans for the house and the automobile balances at the time of death of a loved one. People can go through the grieving process without having to worry about how to pay for bills or the tuition for a child that is attending college in another state. An insurance agent will consider all family needs for insurance protection before they recommend certain policies and they will also review the policies for any changes that need to be made to account for day to day life changes.

Families will often select whole life insurance policies to ensure that the family is financially secure after they are gone. These policies are affordable because payments can be stretched out over a period of 10, 20 or 30 years. Many families prefer this concept because dividends accumulate on policy premiums paid in most cases, and can provide people with a cash source if they need it. Lifestyles will affect premium rates and whole life policies can be issued at times with no medical examination required.
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