Life insurance is the most effective way to ensure your family is financially secure when you pass away. Without life insurance, your loved ones may face financial trouble, be unable to access funds, or be left without the support of a breadwinner.
Life insurance policies are available in two basic types: term and whole life. Term insurance is very affordable but does not build equity. It provides insurance for a certain period of time or a specified “term” of years. Whole life insurance, often called “permanent” or “universal” insurance, guarantees an eventual payout. Whole life policies have higher premiums but have the advantage of accumulating value over time.
Protecting Your Family With Life Insurance
Your financial planning should include putting a life insurance policy in place. If a person passes away suddenly or due to a health condition, those left behind may suffer severe financial stress. Rather than leaving your loved ones in this situation, life insurance pays out a death benefit that allows them to pay for what they need. You may have an estate to pass on to those you love, but it can take time for probate to be completed. A life insurance death benefit is paid quickly and is not subject to taxation.
Final Expense Life Insurance
Insurance policies can cover end-of-life costs, which can be a significant financial burden. These insurance policies cover the costs of a funeral, memorial, burial, cremation, caskets, or urns. In addition, some policies cover the cost of medical bills incurred by the deceased before death. The premiums for this type of insurance vary in price, based on the death benefit, age, and the insured’s health.
A fixed annuity pays out a fixed amount of money (also known as a lump sum), which can stabilize income no matter the ups and downs of the market. Based on the plan, when the owner of a fixed annuity passes away, the remaining funds may pass to the insurance company or a beneficiary. Some fixed annuities are designed to provide income to beneficiaries and a death benefit. If you want to ensure your loved ones have the financial support they need when you are gone, ensure you have a fixed annuity with a death benefit. The insurance company may also offer you the option to increase the value of the death benefit.
Annuities can provide a series of payments that typically start at retirement and continue for the rest of the contract owner’s life. Annuities can provide retirement income for either a fixed period of time or for the rest of an annuitant’s life. Retirement income payments can begin immediately with the purchase of an annuity or be deferred to some time in the future.
Long Term Care
Long-Term Care has been defined as “medically necessary assistance, recommended by a physician for the treatment of a chronic illness or debilitating injury on a long-term basis. Recovery is usually not expected. Care is oriented toward helping a person function, not toward a cure.”
Long-term care is typically not covered by your health plan, disability coverage, or Medicare. Medicaid does cover long-term care, but only after you have used up your assets paying for care.