Life insurance is a legal contract between an insurer and an insurance holder, in which the insurer promises to cover a designated beneficiary at an agreed amount of cash upon the premature death of an individual. The contract may specify the type of death covered, the period of time during which the policy will be in effect, and the method of paying the premiums. The individual who has purchased the policy is often referred to as the policyholder. In order to obtain coverage, the policyholder must first attain age 18 years and also pass a medical exam. Generally life insurance policies are inexpensive and offer the financial security to families in the event of the insured person’s death.
There are a lot of benefits of purchasing life insurance. First, it helps to alleviate some of the stress associated with thinking about or knowing when you are going to die. It’s comforting to know that even if you do not pass away while still insured, your family will have adequate financial support to meet basic needs and cover funeral expenses. Second, life insurance policy is a binding contract. Once you purchase one, you are agreeing to honor all of its terms, including the premium payments.
How does a policyholder go about choosing the type of life insurance to purchase? A good way is to consider your financial hardship. Each policy has a different maximum cash value, which is based on your age and whether you are a smoker or not. For example, if you smoke cigarettes and are 40 years old, you would have a much lower maximum life insurance benefit compared to someone who does not smoke and is very fit. In this example, the policyholder pays a premium based on their lifestyle at the time of death; however, they do not have to worry about coughing up any cash value should their loved one pass away due to illness or any other reason.
Another important factor that may impact your premium is the amount of time that you expect to live. While term life insurance policies are very affordable for younger people, they can be very expensive for older adults or married people who have children. Life insurance may be purchased to cover specific periods of time such as for 30 years or until death; however, if you expect to live for more than these specified periods, then it is important to purchase a permanent life insurance policy that will cover you for an extended period.
There are many factors that can affect the amount of premiums that you pay for your policy, and they may vary from company to company. For example, most people who buy life insurance will be young, healthy individuals who do not smoke and do not have any dependent children. However, you may be eligible for discounts if you belong to certain groups or if you have certain pre-existing medical conditions. To find out more information about how to make savings on your premiums, speak to a representative from the insurance company.
If the insured dies, the family will usually receive all or part of the proceeds from the policy. In most cases, the remaining balance will be paid to the beneficiary or beneficiaries of the policyholder. Some life insurance policies allow the policyholder to borrow against the policy (called a ‘stop-loss’ clause). If the insured does not die within the specified period (such as a specified period of time) and the proceeds from the policy are not sufficient to pay off the premiums, the policyholder is allowed to borrow against the policy and is responsible for paying off the outstanding balance of the policy.