Lucky numbers on a jersey, a rabbit’s foot key chain, or perhaps taking a chance on a wishbone at Thanksgiving – all good luck charms people use to bring good fortune and ward off bad luck. But not everything should be left to luck. Some things in life need serious planning with a bit of professional help. One of those things is life insurance.
When It Comes to Your Life, Don’t Count on Luck
Your life should never be left to chance, especially if you have a family or a business. Here are a few common misconceptions about life insurance, and important information you may not know.
I Can’t Afford It
With life insurance policies, there is no standard that applies to everyone. There are different insurance policies available to suit your budget and your needs. A little shopping around is all it takes to find the policy that is right for you.
If you’re finding that premiums are out of your budget, it may be time to re-evaluate your budget overall. It could be very costly for your family if you passed away without coverage, so budgeting for this protection is important.
I’m Single and Live Alone
Maybe right now you don’t have a family, but in the future that could change. There are also your parents, siblings, or other relatives to consider.
Something to know about debt is that sometimes it doesn’t go away if you unexpectedly do. So even if you don’t have a spouse or children right now, your surviving family members may be pestered and pressured regarding your outstanding debts. Purchasing life insurance can remove the financial stress from those grieving your loss and handling your affairs after you’ve passed.
I’m Not Sure Which Insurer to Choose
Finding an insurance company can be daunting, but there are ways to find a highly rated insurer. Insurance companies are rated by various third-party companies. Look for insurers that have strong ratings in categories like dependability, financial stability and operations.
I’m Young and In Good Health
If you are young and healthy right now, that’s great! But that doesn’t mean a sudden accident or unforeseen illness can’t happen. Also, purchasing life insurance when you’re young and in good health can result in lower premiums than if you wait until you’re older.
It’s Hard to Understand
Life insurance doesn’t have to be confusing. By doing a little research, you’ll be well prepared to discuss options with your financial professional. Here are a few key terms to become familiar with:
- Term Insurance: this is a policy through which you purchase coverage for a specific amount of time.
- Beneficiary: this is the designated person who would receive the death benefit payout from your policy.
- Premium: this is your monthly payment for your
- Cash Value: specific policies have the potential to build up cash value that can be used while you are still living.
Now that you have a better understanding of some common misconceptions about life insurance, reconsider whether it’s right for you. Life insurance is generally suitable for just about everyone, even at different stages in life. Don’t leave a financial burden for your loved ones, and be prepared for the unexpected. Don’t leave your life to chance.
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