Many families wonder what they would do to survive financially if they were to lose the main breadwinner. With a tough job market and skyrocketing costs of just about everything, it’s a very valid concern. Life insurance provides a safety net to protect your loved ones in the event that something happens.
When designing your life insurance policy to pay out to a spouse, consider the tax implications of the titled spouse owning the policy. When the titled spouse dies, the policy payout then becomes part of their estate, and transferring those funds to the living spouse creates a tax burden. If the non-titled spouse owns the policy the funds are not considered to be part of the deceased’s estate.
You should review your life insurance coverage needs at least once a year. As your family changes, so do their financial needs. If you have another child, your coverage needs will increase, while you might be over-insured as an empty nester. Check periodically on what you need to avoid paying too much or leaving your family in the lurch.
Before purchasing life insurance, make yourself aware of what you need from your policy. There are online calculators that can help you figure out what it would take to cover your expenses associated with that of your surviving spouse or children, when they either finish college or reach adulthood, whichever comes first.
Always be truthful when applying for life insurance. Disclose all of your information truthfully, so that your insurance company has no reason to contest your coverage. Upon your death, the insurance company will review your policy information. Any withheld details could cause the insurance company to deny your insurance claim, which will deprive your remaining family from any insurance proceeds and defeat the purpose of all of your insurance payments.
Save money on your life insurance by paying an annual premium rather than monthly installments. Insurance companies charge a fee to allow you to spread the payments out over 12 months. Also, avoid being late on your payments to prevent your policy from being cancelled. As you get older or develop health conditions, a new life insurance policy will become much more expensive.
You will want to find a life insurance company that cares. There are some life insurance companies that will offer competitive rates for some medical conditions (diabetes, heart disease and cancer). These companies are much more family friendly and don’t just put everyone in a group. Their charge is based off of what you really need.
It’s important that you understand that term life insurance is only for protection and not for investing. There is no savings component in term life insurance, so your best bet here is to simply pay for this type of insurance and invest elsewhere. Your policy payments aren’t collecting interest or anything.
Continuing to build savings has been difficult for many families over the past few years, and some that could afford to self-insure, may not be able to do so any more. Life insurance can fill that gap and provide the means for families to carry on if disaster should strike them.