Life Insurance? Where do I start? ~ Tuesday Tips

| March 26, 2013 | 0 Comments
Life Insurance what are your options?

What do I need?

Life insurance is an important part of financial planning, but understanding  insurance and purchasing the right product can be confusing. While you should  rely on the expertise and recommendations of your insurance agent, it’s always a  good idea to do your own research. Here are five factors to consider before you  buy insurance:

1. Why you need life insurance. We all want to plan for our family’s future  and financial security. Part of this process includes ensuring that our loved  ones are supported in the event of our death, a spouse’s death, or the death of  a parent. Insurance can provide protection in many different ways, such as  helping to fund your retirement or paying for mortgages and college educations.  It is also a key component of estate planning.

2. The amount of life insurance you need. There are many factors to consider  when deciding how much insurance is right for you and your family, and they may  change as you age. It’s important to understand the purpose, policies, premiums,  benefits and, ultimately, the best insurance for your specific situation. Here  are a few considerations when determining how much insurance is enough:

*How much money your family will need to live comfortably if you pass away  *Whether your home is paid for or if you still have a mortgage *If you  have a business, how your passing will financially impact the company  *Whether your family has access to money to pay for your burial expenses  *The cost of financial and legal assistance to manage your estate  *Whether your passing will create an estate tax burden for your heirs

3. The different types of insurance available. Once you decide how much  insurance you need, the next step is deciding whether term insurance or whole  life insurance is right for you. Here are the basics:

*Term life insurance: As its name implies, term life provides protection for  a specific period of years. If you pass away during this period, your  beneficiaries are paid the value of your policy. Term life insurance is the most  popular for a variety of reasons, including the fact that benefits can be used  to pay off outstanding debts such as mortgages in the event of a premature death, and that premiums are  generally inexpensive when you purchase it at an earlier age. Someone in their  20s, for instance, will pay far less than someone in their 80s for the same  amount of insurance.

*Whole life insurance: A whole life insurance policy remains in effect  throughout your lifetime as long as you continue to pay the premiums. You can  typically use whole life insurance policies as collateral for loans or even  receive cash payments while you are still living. However, premiums for whole  insurance are more costly than term insurance, so younger families are generally  encouraged to buy term life, with the option of converting the term  life policy to a whole life policy at a later date.

*Universal Life: A universal life insurance policy also provides permanent life insurance protection, but differs from whole life in its flexibility that  allows you to select the amount of protection that best fits you, your family,  and/or your business. You can increase or decrease coverage as your insurance  needs change, as well as control the frequency and amount of premium  payments.

4. Risks that impact insurance costs. Insurance premiums are based on many  different risk factors, including age, overall health, and the use of tobacco.  If you are still relatively young, are in good health, and don’t smoke, now’s  the time to buy insurance!

5. How to choose the right insurance agent. With so many variables, choosing  the right amount and type of insurance should be discussed with a trusted  independent insurance agent. Independent brokers have access to many more  insurance products and are typically more invested in your financial future. Be  sure to do your homework, don’t be afraid to ask questions, and know your policy  inside and out before you sign on the dotted line.

If you’re shopping for life insurance and want to learn more about the right  type of policy for you and your family, visit or call  613.286.6841.

Andrew W Bradley is a licensed Insurance Broker and Financial Services Advisor helping Orleans families since 2011. Combining this with his previous working experience with the Canada Revenue Agency enables him to help a wide range of individuals, families and businesses. As an Independent Broker he devotes time to educating the consumer and implementing comprehensive financial plans for both individuals and businesses in areas including insurance and investments.


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Andrew is a licensed Life Insurance Broker and Registered Retirement Consultant-RRC® helping Ottawa families since 2011. Awards : 2017 -Handpicked Top 3 Financial Services in Ottawa, 2017 Faces Magazine Awards – Ottawa’s Favorite Financial Advisor, 2017 Feedspot Top 40 Life Insurance Blogs on the web and 2016 Insurance Business Magazine – Life & Health Advisor of the Year Finalist.

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