Monday, December 17, 2007

A Life without Life Insurance

For whatever reason, buying life insurance has been reduced to an afterthought. Many of us are uncomfortable with facing our own mortality. Yet others do not see the value of life insurance because they are single, or will not live to receive the tangible benefit of having this coverage, unlike health insurance. Maybe you have been turned down for coverage because of a health condition, but most still can qualify for a graded death benefit policy.

Many people have life insurance at work. This usually comes in the form of term insurance. Term is insurance for a specific amount of time, and once it expires due to retirement, dismissal, or resignation, there is no benefit ( Some employers allow a reduced amount of insurance at retirement, usually a declining scale that often levels off at age 70, e.g.. 50,000 at age 65 and $25,000 at age 70). If you are dismissed from your job; you are without coverage unless you convert your group insurance into a whole or maybe universal life policy.

Some people have been conditioned that life insurance is for death benefit only. So buying life insurance, sometimes is not a priority until their mid-fifties or even late sixties when they retire. The problem is none of us know when we are going to die. You can literally cause your family to sell the family home, cause your spouse to work an extra ten years, and the brainy child may have to go the state university instead of your Ivy League alma mater (Some state colleges and universities are excellent. Go Buckeyes). If for nothing else, enough life insurance should be purchased so that loved ones are not left with your unpaid bills.

Life Insurance Uses:

  • Death Benefit
  • Provide income to pay off the mortgage in the event of death
  • Replace lost income that your spouse and children would otherwise miss
  • Make sure that future college tuition can be paid
  • An effect way to pay off children and spouse who do not participate in family business
  • To pay possible Estate Taxes
  • To provide liquidity when many assets are tied into Real Estate


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