In order to make a smart decision regarding the life insurance policy that’s best for you, you must first understand what is it and for what purposes you need it. Life Insurance is a replacement of income that can continue to support the dependents of an insured individual after that person has passed away. In addition to this primary purpose, it can also be used as a powerful savings and tax planning vehicle, as it provide decent investment return and enjoys significant income tax advantages over other traditional savings tools. Let’s understand the types of life insurance in details;
Your life insurance policy can be used for many purposes, such as:
- Replacement of income upon your death during your working life years
- Pay off your mortgage so your loved ones own your home free and clear of any debt
- Cover your potential estate tax liability at your death if you are wealthy
- Savings for college education or for retirement planning
- Create a legacy for family, community or favorite charity
- Pay off any outstanding medical bills and eliminating any other debts
The life insurance policy has many business uses as well, including:
- Purchasing a surviving partners’ interest in the business in the event of death of business partner under a buy-sell agreement
- Replacing lost business income caused by the death of a key employee
- Funding your qualified retirement plans like profit sharing plan and defined benefit pension plans
- Creating golden handcuffs for your key executives through deferred compensation or executive bonus plan
There are two basic types of life insurance policies for you to consider – temporary, like a term life and permanent, like a whole life, universal and variable life policies.
Let’s start with a term life, and what that entails. To compare it to another sort of temporary arrangement, this sort of policy is similar to renting an apartment for a certain period of time. Once that “term” expires, you either find a new place to live or pay more in rent. A term policy works the same way – when you reach the end of the term, your insurance protection ends and there is no cash value.
A whole life is similar to owning your own home. In this policy premiums are larger than term policy premiums, just as mortgage payments are higher than rent, but you end up owning a life insurance policy with a cash value to utilize for any living needs. A whole life covers you for the rest of your life, builds cash value – like equity in your home – and enjoys income and estate tax advantages. It can also be used as college savings plan, a retirement savings plan or any other purpose you choose. A guaranteed universal life policy acts like a permanent term policy giving you coverage for your entire life.
So, the questions arise: What is the right kind of life insurance for me – a term, whole or universal life? It is said that “THE BEST LIFE INSURANCE IS ONE THAT IS IN-FORCE AND WILL PAY THE CLAIM TO YOUR FAMILY OR BUSINESS WHENEVER YOU DIE”. So really, it depends on your very unique situation. But in most cases, a combination of term and whole life works best.
To further discuss your options, call BeamaLife advisor at (877) 972-3262 to determine the best life insurance for you and get a comparative quote now.