Life – The Insurance and Everything
Nowadays, life insurance is considered basic for anyone wishing to plan financially for their family’s future. A guaranteed payout in the event of the policy holder’s death can give security, helping to replace the lost income that will be required by any dependents, especially spouses and children. It can also meet the often great expenses during the bereavement, such as funeral and associated burial expenses, the administration of the estate, the fees paid to lawyers and any noticeable medical expenses or debts.
Some people take out a life insurance policy for their heirs, to ensure that they have an inheritance. A named beneficiary of a life insurance policy can gain a large sum in this way. There are also policy holders who name a charity as their beneficiary, enabling a charity’s lifelong supporter to make a much larger donation than would otherwise have been possible.
Finally, there are some forms of life insurance policy that create a kind of savings fund, which the policy holder can withdraw from or borrow against. The motive to keep up payment of the premiums on a life insurance policy is such a great one, this is often a highly effective method of creating accrued savings. On top of that, in most countries, interest attained on these savings is not eligible for tax at the time of crediting – and if the money is ultimately paid out in the event of a death, is exempt from tax altogether.
There is a confusing range of policies and it always makes sense to take a look at what is obtainable, along with independent advice on which policy is best appropriate to the possible policy holder’s aims and budget. There are a number of very helpful websites for this, although for best results, the advice of a specialist in the field of life insurance should be sought in addition.
On the whole, there are two basic kinds of life insurance policy – protection-only and investment-kind. The first exists purely to pay out in the event of the policy holder’s death, while the second, as the name implies, is the aforementioned savings-based scheme.
People looking for protection-only life insurance can choose a policy known as term insurance, which undertakes to pay a lump sum if the policy holder dies within an agreed number of years. As no payment is made if the death occurs outside this time, it is usually the cheapest.
For the best protection, of course, a whole-life policy is needed, which is one of the forms investment-kind life insurance can take. The policy always pays out in the event of a death, but can also pay out its current investment value at any time upon the request of the policy holder.