More Frequently Asked Questions About Life Insurance

Kim Solis | Jul 27, 2022 | minute read

This is a follow-up of our original article, Top 7 Frequently Asked Questions About Life Insurance.

More Frequently Asked Questions About Life InsuranceOnce you have decided to purchase life insurance, it is critical to choose the appropriate life insurance agent, provider, and plan. As you evaluate which company to do business with and which plan to purchase, consider the following questions:

How Much Does Life Insurance Cost?

The premiums for your insurance are determined by your policy details, such as the type of policy and the quantity of coverage, as well as your personal circumstances, such as your health, age, family history, and lifestyle choices. The best method to receive the most competitive premiums is to collaborate with an independent broker.

Costs will vary depending on the limits purchased and the type of policy design. As of April 2022, a healthy 35-year-old male can expect to spend around $31.00 in monthly premiums for a 20-year, $500,000 policy, while a 35-year-old female with the same term length and policy value could pay $26.00.

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Term life insurance is less expensive than whole life insurance because whole life lasts longer and includes a savings function.

What Is Group Life, and Can an Individual Purchase This Kind of Coverage?

A group life insurance policy is one you purchase through your employer or a member organization. These policies are frequently more straightforward, at least for a smaller amount of coverage. You can have many policies, and group insurance is a simple and cost-effective method to start or augment your life insurance coverage. 

Is There a Waiting Period Before Coverage Goes into Effect?

There is no waiting time with term life insurance. When the policy is authorized, coverage begins. Whole life policies, which need questionnaires and medical tests, may have a waiting period. 

What Is a Permanent Life Insurance Policy?

If you want lifelong protection or the ability to build up a tax-deferred cash value, permanent insurance is usually the best choice. A portion of a permanent policy's premium is used to build up a cash value. You can use the cash value in a variety of ways, including taking out a loan against it or using it to pay your premium after your policy is fully paid up. 

More Frequently Asked Questions About Life Insurance

Do All Life Policies Have a Cash Value?

Term life insurance policies have no financial value. You can borrow money against the cash value of some whole life insurance policies. You can also cash in your policy before you die by surrendering it. If you do this, your beneficiaries may not get a death benefit.

How Are Life Insurance Death Benefits Paid?

Unless the beneficiary elects to receive the death benefit as an annuity or in installments, the death benefit is paid out as an income tax-free lump amount. There are a few kinds of policies where the premium is paid using pre-tax monies (for example, some employee benefit plans); however, the death benefit may not be tax-free in such a situation. 

Can I Use the Cash Value in My Life Policy to Take Out a Loan?

If you take out a loan against your policy using the available cash value and then pay it back with interest, your policy retains its original worth. The insurance company decides the interest rate and the value of your policy will be decreased if you do not repay the loan. 

Questions To Ask Your Agent About Life Insurance

  1. How long will the policy be in effect?
  2. What are the best three options for my needs?
  3. How much is the premium?
  4. How is the premium paid?
  5. What is the rate of return on the policy?
  6. How does the death benefit work?
  7. Are there are any living benefits?

Does My Life Insurance Change if My Health Changes?

Your premiums will not change if you have a term or whole life insurance. In other circumstances, inquire with the insurance agent about how the policy may change as you age.

Most life insurance policies have riders available for an additional cost in the event of incapacity or severe sickness, and these riders give optional benefits. 

Some Final Thoughts

Some good news – life insurance rates are lower than they have been in years, so if you are considering life insurance, now is the time. Working with an agent is the best way to determine your needs, design a policy and shop the market. Your goal should be to obtain the best combination of coverage, price, and services that meet your individual needs.

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As the Employee Benefit’s Department Manager at Leap | Carpenter | Kemps Insurance Agency, I use my 20 years of insurance expertise and background in Human Resources Management to find the best policies for both business owners and their employees.

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