What is life insurance?


Life insurance is a great way to take care of your family and loved ones after you are gone. A life insurance policy is a type of insurance that you buy while you are alive. Every policy has a death benefit The death benefit is the amount of that pays out upon your death. A beneficiary is a person you designate to receive the money. For example, you could purchase a policy with a death benefit of $100,000. Upon your death, the insurance company will pay out the death benefit to your beneficiary. There are generally two types of life insurance: whole or permanent, and term.

Why might I need life insurance?


You probably don’t need life insurance if you don’t have a spouse or any dependents. However, if you are financially responsible for others, it is usually a good idea. So, if you have a spouse, children, or a relative you take care of, this type of insurance is a great way to make sure they are financially protected in the event of your death.

Why should I manage my life insurance?


You want your family to be taken care of after you’re gone, right? It’s important to have the right type and amount of insurance in place. Changes in your life may mean changes to your insurance. A marriage, divorce, or change in the number of dependents can affect how much of a benefit you need.  Another reason to manage your policies is that paying your insurance premiums is a financial investment. It makes sense to make sure you are getting the most of your money.

How do I manage my life insurance?


Once you have life insurance in place, it’s not too hard to manage your policies. The most important thing to remember about any insurance policy is that you must continue to pay the premium to keep the policy in place. Most policies have a window during which you can still pay before the policy lapses. However, once that window passes, the policy will terminate. When a policy lapses, it could lead to another underwriting process and/or higher premiums. So, don’t ever let a policy lapse without giving careful thought.

Finally, check in with your agent or advisor on a regular basis. It’s especially important to tell your agent if you experience a major change in your family or financial life. These types of changes can signal a change to your policy too. At some point, you may need to change the beneficiaries of the policy. This is especially true in the case of a death or divorce. As you can see, it’s important to make sure your life insurance fits your present situation.

Discover professionals in our network


Finding a professional in your area to help you improve your personal finances is another excellent step on your journey to create wealth and achieve financial stability. A professional, such as a life insurance agent, has first-hand knowledge and experience with life insurance. They can answer any questions that you may have regarding your unique circumstances and help you customize a strategy that will best fit your financial needs.

Explore our personal finance insights


Looking to learn more about life insurance? Immerse yourself in our insights that focus in more detail on how to better understand, manage and improve your personal finances.

 

 


Challenges managing your life insurance? Managing your life insurance policies is one of the most important steps in your overall financial plan. Depending on the type of insurance you have, your policy premiums may be a large expense. So, it makes sense to make sure you are getting the most out of your life insurance…