Life insurance is what provides a sense of security to your family and gives a great deal of protection to your loved ones in the unlikely event of your untimely passing. It brings this sense of security because one can rest assured in knowing that his or her family will be financially protected in your earthly absence. They will have the financial backing they need to get on with their lives and adjust to the new reality that you are no longer providing income to your dependents. The insurance compensation can also help cover costs for funeral and burial expense.
Anyone who has a spouse or a family can greatly be served by a life insurance policy. One would not wish to leave one’s family in struggle and strive in the aftermath of one’s death. As they have enjoyed and often grown accustomed to your loving support, in the event of your death they will have to learn how to get on with life, to live on their own in your untimely absence. Life insurance will help make such a transition far easier for them.
With life insurance, the policyholder pays monthly or yearly premiums for whatever kind of life insurance policy purchased. In exchange, the insurance company promises to help with financial assistance to the family of the policyholder’s family should the policyholder die.
The policyholder generally determines the appropriate death benefit amount in relation to their current income. The income amount is generally what is considered as a benchmark in determining the level of funding the family will lose in the event of the policyholder’s death. When the policyholder passes, those who are designated as the beneficiaries receive the death benefit funds. The money is for the beneficiaries to use as they see fit.
Term life insurance is the least costly kind of policy. Should the policyholder pass away and the policy is still active, the beneficiary receives the payout. If the policyholder is still alive when the policy reaches expiration, then coverage is terminated.
A whole life insurance policy always is in effect until the policyholder dies (as long as premiums are paid). It is different from term life insurance in that whole has no expiration date.
There is also a universal policy, which offers far greater flexibility with premiums and benefits. Some of these kinds of policies also allow policyholders the option to borrow money from the policy that has accrued over time.