None of us are able to forecast the future. We may have a good idea of what will happen if current conditions continue. But we are unable to predict the unexpected. Life insurance is an important way to provide for the unexpected–as it will affect those we love. Here are some tips to consider.
Many people buy term life insurance when they’re younger because it’s cheap. Others are persuaded to buy whole life insurance, which, unlike term, has a cash value and can presumably be viewed as an investment. If you’re in good health, term is generally the best value. Try to lock in term insurance for the longest possible timespan you can find. When it runs out, if you’re still in good health, keep looking for term. Most of the time, whole life will be more expensive, but as you age, term life will also get quite expensive to cover the inevitable health issues that will crop up. Remember: term life as long as it makes sense ratewise, then switch to whole life.
When buying life insurance, consider your health and if there’s anything you can do to improve it. People with better health get better life insurance rates. If you can lose a little extra weight, reduce your cholesterol, or quit smoking, you will find that quotes for life insurance may drop significantly.
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.
Life insurance policies are more cost effective the earlier they are started. Even if there is no one that immediately depends on your income, if such a situation is likely years in the future, then life insurance is something you should consider. For example, if you don’t have children yet but expect to have a child one day, investing in a life insurance policy now will be more cost effective than investing later.
The price you pay for your life insurance will depend upon your age, your health problems and your smoking status . One way to lower this cost is to quit smoking. Smokers will always pay much more for life insurance. Quitting will not only save you money on your premiums, you will also be saving money by not purchasing cigarettes.
Even if you have some savings to pass on, you shouldn’t think that this is enough to cover your expenses and help your family out when you’re gone. Because of the death tax and various other factors, your money might take years to change hands. Purchasing a life insurance policy will ensure that your family gets the money quickly.
Life insurance is one of those things we want to buy, but hope will not be used–at least for a long time. These tips will provide guidance in choosing a life insurance policy to cover future provision for your family in case you are not there. Its greatest value is peace of mind for you and your loved ones.