Don’t leave the future of you and your loved ones to chance. My Hometown Agency can help you find the right life insurance coverage for you, and help ensure that your policy continually meets your needs.
There are many kinds of life insurance, but they generally fall into two categories: term insurance and permanent insurance.
Term insurance is designed to meet temporary needs. It
provides protection for a specific period of time (the “term”) and
generally pays a benefit only if you die during the term. This type of
insurance often makes sense when you have a need for coverage that will
disappear at a specific point in time. For instance, you may decide that
you only need coverage until your children graduate from college or a
particular debt is paid off, such as your mortgage.
In contrast, permanent insurance provides lifelong protection. As long as you pay the premiums, and no loans, withdrawals or surrenders are taken, the full face amount will be paid. Because it is designed to last a lifetime, permanent life insurance accumulates cash value and is priced for you to keep over a long period of time.
Many financial experts consider life insurance to be the cornerstone
of sound financial planning. It can be an important tool in the
- Replace income for dependents
If people depend on your income, life insurance can replace that income
for them if you die. The most commonly recognized case of this is
parents with young children. However, it can also apply to couples in
which the survivor would be financially stricken by the income lost
through the death of a partner, and to dependent adults, such as
parents, siblings or adult children who continue to rely on you
financially. Insurance to replace your income can be especially useful
if the government- or employer-sponsored benefits of your surviving
spouse or domestic partner will be reduced after your death.
- Pay final expenses
Life insurance can pay your funeral and burial costs, probate and other
estate administration costs, debts and medical expenses not covered by
- Create an inheritance for your heirs
Even if you have no other assets to pass to your heirs, you can create
an inheritance by buying a life insurance policy and naming them as
- Pay federal “death” taxes and state “death” taxes
Life insurance benefits can pay estate taxes so that your heirs will
not have to liquidate other assets or take a smaller inheritance.
- Make significant charitable contributions
By making a charity the beneficiary of your life insurance, you can
make a much larger contribution than if you donated the cash equivalent
of the policy’s premiums.
- Create a source of savings
Some types of life insurance create a cash value that, if not paid out
as a death benefit, can be borrowed or withdrawn on the owner’s
request. Since most people make paying their life insurance policy
premiums a high priority, buying a cash-value type policy can create a
kind of “forced” savings plan. Furthermore, the interest credited is tax
deferred (and tax exempt if the money is paid as a death claim).