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The 9 Do's and Don'ts of Life Insurance

The 9 Do’s and Don’ts of Life Insurance

By Delmarva Insurance Group | Mar 20, 2015 

 

If you have a family to support or if a loved one would suffer if your income suddenly disappeared after your untimely death, you should consider life insurance.

DO: Purchase enough life insurance to cover five to eight times your annual salary in order to help dependents 

DON'T: You don’t want to get multiple, small insurance policies. It is better to get one life insurancepolicy that you can modify as your needs change. 

DO: Consult with a financial planner do not just take the insurance agent’s word for it as they benefit when you purchase a higher value policy. 

DON'T: Ignore the need for stay-at-home parents or spouses to have life insurance. If they die unexpectedly, there is generally a need to pay more for daycare, housekeeping or other services. 

DO: When buying term life insurance, choose a policy that automatically renews and is convertible. A renewable clause will allow you to renew a life insurance policy for another term no matter what happens to your health in the meantime. 

DON'T: Count on a whole life insurance policy as a high return investment. 

DO: Review your insurance coverage needs each time there is a major life change, including divorce, birth, marriage or death of a family member. 

DON'T: buy life insurance from the first life insurance agent you find. You should shop around to make sure you are getting the best rate for the coverage you need. 

DO: If you quit smoking since  the policy was written, review your policy and see if you can get a lower premium.

 

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