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What does Life Insurance cover?

   The topic of life insurance may not be a familiar topic for everyone. Policies are implemented after something terrible has happened and the events that trigger them can be varied. Being well informed about your policy helps you ensure that your loved ones will be safe in the future. Additionally, additional plug-ins can provide more extensive coverage. Taking advantage of these advantages at a higher price represents an excellent investment since it will allow the preservation of the family heritage.

Period of duration

  There are two types of life insurance: whole life and term. As the term indicates, installments are for a specified number of years, such as 5 years to 50 years. This may correspond to your employment in a company or with certain conditions. Premiums can be paid during that term at a fixed rate. Annually, renewable contracts can mean that premiums can increase with age. Once the insured reaches retirement age, they will likely find that they no longer have the same expenses they did years ago, since expenses such as college loans and mortgages were paid in full at this point in their life. However, life insurance should be a desired expense. Whole life insurance means that they are for the rest of the life of the insured. Premiums generally remain the same each month regardless of age or employment. Coverage may not extend beyond the life of the insured and the policy creates peace of mind, but cannot always generate cash value. Many people find this type of policy ideal since rates do not increase or change over time, making it a consistent way to be covered.


   To support a family, a common rule of thumb is to take out a policy that provides coverage equal to income for five to seven years. For example, if the insured earns $60,000 per year, the recommended minimum coverage to provide a financial cushion to loved ones should be $300,000. Many policies do not offer a fixed dollar amount for coverage, so creating a financial plan is essential in some cases. One option for those who want to avoid fixed monthly premiums is universal life insurance, which reverses the insured's premiums and has the potential to accumulate cash value that can be borrowed or used to pay monthly premiums.


   Death may come as a surprise to some, but not all deaths are covered by a life insurance policy. Suicide is a major exclusion for insurers. Only some companies will refund premiums if the insured takes his life. This adds to pressure from the family and can create unforeseen problems. Most insurers will not pay if the owner dies almost immediately after obtaining the policy. War soldiers are not covered, as are those who participate in extreme sports. Another exclusion is suffering from a pre-existing condition, which can result in death, such as terminal cancer or certain inherited diseases. 

Additional features

   Supplements for life insurance are called riders. These are special clauses or extras that provide added value to the coverage. A well-known rider is the double indemnity, which results in a double payment if the insured loses his life in an accident. Another is disability, which covers the insured in the event of a permanent disability, given each year of life, either due to a terminal illness or because it requires long-term care. Riders are not just for adults, children may receive additional coverage if they occur before the age of eighteen. If you have a medical condition that is treated with medical marijuana, you can explore other coverage options that can be included in this financial peace of mind. People in high-risk occupations such as pilots and fishermen can be considered alongside those who may engage in extracurricular activities that others may judge as dangerous.


  Compare the insurance options available: whole life or term. Calculate the appropriate amount of coverage necessary to create a financial cushion for the protection of your family. Carefully review policy exclusions and consider paying for additional coverage for riders.

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