Life insurance can help give your family additional financial security if you pass away unexpectedly. It can provide help that they can use to cover various expenses and move forward with their lives after your death. Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of life insurance so you can determine whether applying for a policy is the right move for you.
Life insurance is a contract between you, the policyholder, and a life insurance company. In exchange for your premiums, the company promises to pay your beneficiaries a set amount if you pass away while your policy is still active.
Two common types of life insurance plans are term life insurance, which offers temporary coverage for a set term that can range from 10 to 30 years, and whole life insurance, which helps protect you and your family for the rest of your life.
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The most noteworthy pros of life insurance include:1
If you suddenly pass away, your loved ones will be able to file a claim and collect a death benefit. They can use the benefit to help pay for many types of expenses, such as funeral costs, debts, everyday bills, and college tuition.
As long as you’re young and healthy, you can expect premiums that fit most budgets. However, even if you’re older or have some health issues, you may find life insurance to be reasonably priced. Compared to whole life plans, term life insurance is typically less expensive, so this type of policy may be the right choice if you have less room in your budget.
Once you decide on a life insurance policy, you can gain better peace of mind knowing that your loved ones will have the funds to continue living their lives upon your death. It can help them avoid a significant financial burden.
In many cases, you can apply online from the comfort of your home or office. Some life insurance companies, like Aflac, may also allow you to forgo underwriting questions, for select life plans.
Life insurance is not a one-size-fits-all product. You can choose the plan that meets your particular budget and goals. There are many types of policies and add-ons available.
Here are several cons of life insurance:
In general, the older you are, the more you’ll pay for life insurance. This is because you’re more likely to pass away during the policy period than a younger policyholder and will, in turn, cost the life insurance company more money.1
Some life insurance policies, like whole life insurance, have a cash value component that grows tax-free. While this may be a plus, there’s no guarantee of high returns. 2
If you choose a permanent life policy, such as whole life insurance or variable life insurance, you’ll receive lifelong coverage. The caveat, however, is that your premiums will be higher.2
If you’re interested in life insurance, consider these tips:3
Don’t wait to apply for a life insurance policy. The younger you are, the lower the premiums you may qualify for. As you age, you may develop health problems that increase the cost.
The amount of coverage you need from a life insurance policy depends on your unique budget and goals. But a general rule of thumb is that your coverage should be worth at least 10 times your annual salary.3
Do your research and explore the various types of life insurance plans at your disposal. Aflac offers term life insurance, which comes with different fixed term coverages and lower premiums, and whole life insurance, which will cover you for life.
Life insurance riders are optional add-ons that can help you enhance your policy and receive additional coverage. A few examples of riders you might benefit from include are a term spouse, a term child or benefit if accident occurs causing death.
Whether a life insurance policy is worthwhile depends on your unique situation and needs. If you have children you’d like to help protect financially upon your passing, it’s likely a wise choice. Also, life insurance should be on your radar if you owe several large debts, such as a mortgage or car loan, or would like to help ensure your loved ones have enough money to help cover your end-of-life expenses.
As you weigh the pros and cons of life insurance, you may determine that you can benefit from a policy. By applying for life insurance coverage, you’ll be able to help protect your loved ones and help gain some peace of mind.
Aflac’s term and whole life insurance policies can give you coverage that fits most budges and a policy that fits your needs. If you’re unsure of what type of coverage you should get, contact an agent to discuss your options. You may also request a quote online or call 1-855-782-5850 to go through the quote process over the phone.
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1 Policygenius - What are the Benefits and Disadvantages of Life Insurance? Updated March 13, 2023. https://www.policygenius.com/life-insurance/what-are-the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-life-insurance/. Accessed April 25, 2023.
2 SmartAsset - What Are the Pros and Cons of Life Insurance? Updated October 1, 2022. https://smartasset.com/life-insurance/benefits-of-life-insurance. Accessed April 25, 2023.
3 Forbes - Best Tips on How to Get Life Insurance for The First Time. Updated January 7, 2022. https://www.forbes.com/advisor/life-insurance/best-tips-first-time-buyers/. Accessed April 25, 2023.
Coverage is underwritten by American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus. In New York, coverage is underwritten by American Family Life Assurance Company of New York.
68000 series: In Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, & Virginia, Policies: ICC1368100, ICC1368200, ICC1368300, ICC1368400. In Delaware, Policies A68100-A68400. In New York, NY68100-NY68400. B60000 series: In Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, & Virginia, Policies: ICC18B60C10, ICC18B60100, ICC18B60200, ICC18B60300, & ICC18B60400. Q6000 group whole life series: In Arkansas, Policy Q60100CAR. In Delaware, Policy Q60200M. In Idaho Policy Q60100CID. In Oklahoma, Policy Q60100COK. In Oregon, Policy Q60100COR. In Texas, Policy Q60100CTX. Q60000 group term life series: In Delaware, Policies Q60200C. In Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Policies ICC18Q60200C, ICC18Q60300C, ICC18Q60400C. 65000 series: In Virginia, Policies ICC0965JTO & ICC0965JWO. B61000 series: In Arkansas, Idaho, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, & Virginia, Policies: ICC18B61JWO & ICC18B61JTO.
Aflac Final Expense insurance coverage is underwritten by Tier One Insurance Company, a subsidiary of Aflac Incorporated and is administered by Aetna Life Insurance Company.
The life insurance policy described herein contains an optional Accelerated Death Benefits Rider that is intended for favorable tax treatment under Section 101(g) of the Internal Revenue Code. Aflac does not give legal or tax advice. Please consult with a qualified legal, tax, and accounting advisor before engaging in any transaction. In AR, AZ, ID, OK, OR, PA, TX and VA: Policies ICC21-AFLLBL21 and ICC21-AFLRPL21; and Riders ICC21-AFLABR22, ICC21-AFLADB22, and ICC21-AFLCDR22. Not available in NY.
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