It’s time for your life insurance check-up.
September is National Life Insurance Awareness Month, so it’s a great time to review your coverage.
If you don’t have any life insurance, you’re not alone. Life insurance is one of those “someday” things for many people – but the cheapest time to buy it is probably today.
There are two kinds of life insurance: term and permanent. Additionally, there are three kinds of permanent life insurance: whole, universal, and variable.
How do these forms of life insurance differ, and how do you find out which type of coverage is right for you?
The way to find out is to look at where you are in life, so that you can assess your current insurance needs. Have you reviewed your insurance lately? Don’t think you need life insurance? If so, consider the following potential factors that may make it a good idea:
- You have a spouse or partner
- You have children
- You have an aging parent or disabled relative who depends on you for support
- Your household depends heavily on your income
- Your retirement savings or pension won’t be enough for your spouse or partner to live on should you pass away
- You own a business, either solely or with partners
- You have a substantial joint financial obligation, such as a personal loan for which another person could be legally responsible after your death
In any of these circumstances, you may require life insurance. If you have coverage, changes in your life may demand an update.
The affordability of life insurance may surprise you. Many people think it is expensive, and so often, it is not. The non-profit insurance education group Life Happens recently conducted a study about this. More than half the millennials contacted for the study thought a $250,000 term life policy would cost $1,000 or more per year. The reality: the average annual premium is about $160.1
Life insurance is intended to help your loved ones financially after you die. The proceeds from a life insurance policy may help your spouse, partner, or family members manage finances if they have to adjust to life without your income. The death benefit may also be used to meet funeral costs and other final expenses, which may run into the tens of thousands of dollars.
Are you still unsure about buying life insurance, or do you suspect that your current insurance coverage needs to be updated? Logix Financial Consultants are here to help. Please contact us at (800) 553-3707 if you have any questions or would like assistance in evaluating all the factors and help you choose an appropriate policy.
The cost and availability of Life Insurance depend on many factors such as age, health, and amount of insurance purchased. In addition to premiums, there are contract limitations, fees, exclusions, reductions of benefits, and charges associated with policy. And if a policy is surrendered prematurely, there may be surrender charges and income tax implications. Any guarantees are contingent upon the claims-paying ability of the issuing company.
The Financial Consultants of Logix Financial Services do not provide legal and tax advice. We suggest that you discuss your specific situation with a qualified tax or legal advisor.
1 - forbes.com/advisor/insurance/how-much-life-insurance-do-you-really-need/ [8/7/19]