How Much is Enough?

How much life insurance do I really need?

That’s the one of the toughest decisions to make.

Here’s some tips to answer this question.

How Do I Decide on How Much Life Insurance to Carry?

The amount of life insurance that you need  really boils down to answering 3 basic questions.

1. What do I want the life insurance to accomplish?

2. What are my assets?

3. What are my debts?

The formula is basically (Needs and/or Assets) – Debts x Length of Time = Amount of Life Insurance Coverage

These sound like simple questions, but let’s examine each step in a lot more detail.  Each of you will have your own unique objectives and different circumstances.

1. What Do I Want the Life Insurance to Accomplish

This boils down to one thing –NEED!

Buying life insurance isn’t about making anyone rich, it’s about taking of the people who depend on you and their future financial survival. If your income is vital for the financial maintenance of your family, you have to figure how your survivors are going to manage when you’re gone.

So, take a look at where you are now and cast your gaze into the future. Let’s start with where you are right now.

You might be single and about to get married.  You could be already married and are thinking about having children, or you might already have 1 or 2 little ones and are maybe expecting another bundle of joy.

You might be currently renting but saving up to buy a house or condo, or you already own your home.  You could be a young professional in the first year of your new budding career.  Or, you might own and have been building your own business for several years.

What do you want a life insurance policy to cover?  What do you foresee down the road such as 5, 10, 20 or even 30 years for yourself and your family – existing and future?

Here are some objectives to consider how much life insurance you might need, and what objectives you want to use a policy to cover.

  • Income replacement for (x) number of years
  • Maintaining the standard of living for your family for (x) number of years
  • All of your current debts and even future ones
  • Your burial expenses
  • Your living circumstances such as a mortgage
  • Taxes
  • Inflation (assume 2-3%)
  • Current needs and future needs
  • Children’s college tuition
  • Medical expenses (if you currently have or anticipate health problems down the road – is your current health insurance going to be sufficient?)
  • Leave a financial legacy for the kids or grandchildren
  • Donate the life insurance proceeds to your favourite charity(s)
  • Business debts – if you are a sole proprietor or in partnership

That’s step 1 – figuring out your needs or objectives of what you want a life insurance policy to cover.

Now, lets get down to some dollars and cents questions.continue page 2……

Life Insurance with Pre-existing Conditions

Do you need life insurance and have a pre-existing health condition?

Have you been turned down for a life insurance policy?

 Don’t know what to do?

 Pre-existing Health Conditions and Life Insurance

 Yes, it can be a challenge if you have been coping with a pre-existing health condition like heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, diabetes and any other form of health condition.

You might have already applied for a life insurance policy and the company turned you down flat.  There are many people who are in the same boat as you.

 Everyone has a need for life insurance, but people who have a pre-existing health condition can face an uphill battle when it comes to buying life insurance.

What can you do?  I have some tips and advice that I think will help some of you, and I’ll start with the basics when it comes to comes to life insurance and how it works for people who have a pre-existing health condition

 How Life Insurance Companies Rate People with a Pre-existing Condition

Believe it or no there are over 80 different variables which can be considered in the underwriting process when it comes to rating a person for a life insurance policy.

Life insurance is based on the probability of risk.  How risky is it to insure a person.  Even if you are a higher risk, you may still be eligible for a policy.  But, it will cost more for a policy.

Some pre-existing conditions may not be insurable under a standard policy by any company. Other conditions may require a waiting period such as being cancer free for a certain period before they will consider an application. That’s the bad news.

The good news is that not all insurers rate people with pre-existing conditions the same.  Some companies are definitely more lenient than other companies.  So, the first thing to keep in mind is that even if one company turned you down, another company might approve your application.

And, if you still aren’t eligible for a policy at all, there is another option known as Guaranteed Life Insurance which I’ll explain about later on.

In a nutshell, the most important factors which a prospective insurer wants to know include the following:

  • When were you first diagnosed with the condition
  • How serious is the condition
  • What treatment you received
  • How well you responded to treatment
  • What is the prognosis

Basically, what the insurance company wants to know is whether your condition is one of the following situations:

  • Is the pre-existing condition stable?
  • Is the pre-existing condition improving?
  • Is the pre-existing condition getting worst?

The insurance companies will rate you according to the medical records they request and receive from your doctors/hospital.  They will also base their decision on your medical exam which you might have to take and from their review of the R/x database and MIB or Medical Information Bureau.

If your condition is stable or improving then your odds of being approved for a policy increases.  If the condition is getting worst then it is very likely you will not be eligible for a standard policy and will have to go with a Guaranteed Life Insurance policy.

Not All Pre-Existing Conditions Are Treated the Same

This is another thing you have t keep in mind.  For example, you might think that since you have been diagnosed with cancer, then you’ll be out of luck.

No, just because you have cancer, heart disease or diabetes doesn’t necessarily mean your pre-existing condition will be all lumped into the same category.  Some conditions have a very high rate of being treated successfully such as some types of skin cancer.  However, lung cancer may be a bit more of a problem.

How Do I Find Life Insurance with a Pre-existing Condition?

First, don’t waste your time using instant online sites which claim to be ready to sell you a policy right now.  It won’t work as you are going to undergo a more detailed health investigation by the company.

Since not all insurers are the same, the first thing you should do is to always talk to an independent life insurance agent who specializes in health related issues such as me.  Independent agents have access to dozens of different insurers and I know which ones are going to be more lenient than others.

This not only applies to how you will be rated but how much you will be charged for a premium.  The other issue is that I can discuss your specific health concerns on a one-to-one basis and can provide you with the advice and options you need to know about and consider before you make an informed decision.

What if I Have A Life Threatening Pre-existing Condition?

It is possible you may not qualify for a regular life insurance policy at all.  But, you still have one option left open and that is for a Guaranteed Acceptance life insurance policy.  In most cases you will not have to either answer any medical questions or even have to take a medical exam.  You are basically immediately approved.

The drawback is that these policies have much a lower coverage which mostly won’t be higher than a $25,000 policy.  They are more expensive but still affordable.

There is usually a 2 year waiting period called a ‘Graded Death Benefit’ attached to these policies where the insurer won’t pay the death benefits if you die in the first 2 years of the life of the policy.  Your beneficiary would only receive the premiums (and possibly some interest) you paid up until the time of your death.

Where Can I Find a Life Insurance Policy for a Pre-existing Condition?

You always want to talk to an independent agent like myself.  We can access and research dozens of companies so you are assured we will find the best policy at the most affordable rates.  If you have health concerns, don’t let that dissuade you because we can give you valuable advice and help you to find a policy that suits you.

Whatever your needs or questions then please call me direct at 877 – 966 – 9383.

Some Basic Question About Life Insurance

If you don’t know anything at all about life insurance and how it works, then this introductory primer will answer all your most basic questions.

I will explain the basic differences in the types of policies and how to buy the right policy for your needs.

You will also learn how to decide on how much you need and how to apply for life insurance.

Let’s begin.

What is Life Insurance?

A life insurance policy is a contract between you and the life insurance company.  The terms of the contract are spelled out in the life insurance policy which you will receive when your application is approved.

Basically, the contract consists of an agreement where the life insurance company will pay an amount of money (known as the death benefits) which you (called the insured) specified or selected should you die while the policy or contract is in force.

The amount of money or death benefits, which can be anywhere from $1,000 to $10,000,00 or more, and any amount in between, is the amount of money which is payable by the life insurance company.

These death benefits are payable to a named beneficiary(s) that you select, and will be the person(s) who receive these death benefits.  A beneficiary can be one or several individuals and are generally family members such as your spouse, your children or other siblings.  When naming a beneficiary, you should always use the full name of a person you designate.

The death benefits will be paid as a lump sum which is non-taxable to the beneficiary.

Your Responsibility as the Insured

The second part of the contract involves your role or obligation.  To keep the policy in force, you will be obliged to pay the insurance company a specified amount of money which is called the premium.  You must always pay this premium as specified in the policy.

The premium can be paid as a lump sum, as an annual or semi-annual payment, or on a monthly basis.

Reasons to Buy Life Insurance

The main purpose most people life insurance is to be able to provide financially for their families should they unexpectedly die.  Some specific reasons to buy life insurance include:

  • Income replacement especially if you are the main breadwinner in the family
  • Be able to pay for your mortgage if you just bought a home
  • Debts such as personal or business loans, credit cards
  • Funeral and death expenses
  • College or university tuition of your children
  • Medical expenses if you develop a life threatening or long term illness
  • Retirement
  • You have an estate or trust
  • Use as charitable donations

How Much Does Life Insurance Cost?

Life insurance is cheapest to buy and most affordable when you are younger and becomes increasingly more expensive as you age.  You will be required to either take a medical exam or at the very least answer a medical questionnaire when you apply for a policy.

The cost of life insurance depends on a number of variables such as your age, gender, current state of your health, your lifestyle, whether you are a smoker or non-smoker, your family medical history, your professions and hobbies plus a number of other variables.continue page 2……

How Level Term Life Insurance Works

Are you wondering how level term life insurance works?

If you’re thinking about buying life insurance and only need life insurance coverage for a specific number of years then this might be the ideal policy for you.

Level life term insurance is a very straightforward type of life insurance and is the most basic form of life insurance available.

What is Level Life Insurance?

Level life insurance is term life insurance.  This type of life insurance pays death benefits only.  These policies do not contain a savings component like you would find in permanent insurance such as whole life or universal life for example.

Although level term insurance can cover you for your lifetime you buy it for specific time frames such as 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 years.  Each period or time frame is called the ‘term’ which is how term insurance derives its name.  You can also buy policies which are age specific such as 55 or 65 years of age for example.

The first thing you have to determine is the amount of coverage or death benefits you feel you would need to achieve your purpose or reasons for buying life insurance.  You then select the length of time or term you feel is right for your life insurance needs.

Once you have selected the amount of death benefits, then this is the amount of death benefits your beneficiary(s) would receive should you die during the term you have selected.  The death benefits remain level or constant throughout the term of the policy you have purchased.  This is why it is called level life insurance because the death benefits remain constant throughout the lifetime of the term.

So, if you buy a $500,000 level term policy for a 20 year term and were to die unexpectedly in the 19th year of the policy, and providing you have kept up with the premiums and not allowed the policy to lapse, then the person(s) you have named as a beneficiary will receive a non-taxable lump sum payment of $500,000 dollars.

On the majority of policies sold by insurers, the premiums are guaranteed for the term you have bought.  This means that if your insurer was charging you $20.00 per month for a premium when you bought the policy then that is what you will still be paying in the final year of the term.

However, there are some insurers which do not guarantee the premium and if this is the case, then they have the ability to increase the premium.

To ensure you don’t get caught with having to pay higher premiums, it’s always best to ask your agent if the premiums are guaranteed.

What Happens if the Term Expires?

Most term policies sold are renewable.  Before the expiration date on the term occurs, the life insurance company will ask you if you want to renew the policy.  You can choose to buy the same length of term or you might opt to buy a shorter term and alter the death benefits.

Always Pick a Suitable Term

There is one thing you should remember if you go to renew your term level policy, and that is the premiums will be quite a bit more expensive.  The one important point to keep in mind when buying a level term life insurance policy or any other policy is that life insurance becomes more expensive to buy as you age.….(continued on page 2)

Life Insurance with Guaranteed Acceptance

Have you been turned for life insurance because of a serious illness, physical disability or because you are elderly?

If this describes you and you need a life insurance policy, then there is a solution available.

It’s called Guaranteed Life Acceptance and is also sometimes known as a Graded Death Benefit

What is a Guaranteed Life Acceptance Insurance Policy?

This is a type of life insurance policy offered by many insurers where you will be automatically approved for a life insurance policy regardless of the state of your health or age.

There are many insurers who offer this type of policy and the best part is that many insurers, but not all of them, you won’t even have to submit to a medical exam or even be asked medical questions to qualify for coverage.

All you have to do is apply and you can expect immediate approval when you apply.

Who Should Buy a Guaranteed Life Acceptance Policy?

This type of life insurance is suitable for anyone who has been turned down for a policy because of the following reasons:

  • Life threatening or terminal illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, or any other form of illness where you cannot buy a traditionally available form of life insurance policy
  • Physical disability such as extreme obesity, a genetically inherited disability or a disability which occurred from an injury or accident
  • Age such as if you are elderly with or without an accompanying illness or disability

Most insurers that offer this type of policy may or may not only ask you a few basic medical questions.

Are There Any Restrictions?

Some insurers may not cover you if you are terminally ill, have HIV or AIDS, or are residing in a hospital or long term facility.  Other insurers have no such restrictions.

Another restriction is that some insurers require that you fall within a certain age category such as between ages 40 – 80 for example.

You should also be aware that these types of policies also generally come with a much lower amount of coverage than what is available with other traditional policies.

Depending on the insurance company, you can generally find death benefits coverage amounts which range anywhere from between $1000 dollars to as high as $50,000 in coverage although most policies range between $5,000 – $20,000 in death benefits coverage.

Will I Always be Covered?

It depends on the life insurance company.  Most companies sell this policy as a ‘Graded Death Benefit’.  This means that your beneficiary will likely not be entitled to the full death benefits for the first 2 years, although some insurers will pay on the policy in case of accidental death in those first 2 years.

Your beneficiary would only receive an amount equivalent to the premiums you paid up to the time of their death if you should die within this 2 year time frame. (Some insurers may also pay a nominal interest amount such as 5%)(continued on page 2)……..

Are You Between The Ages of 31 – 35 and Looking for Life Insurance?

I can give you the answers you want and find you the right life insurance policy that will suit your particular life insurance needs.

At this stage of your life you are most likely getting well settled into your career and have likely started a family and bought a home. You need to protect your family should something unfortunate happen.

That’s the best reason to keep reading and learn more about what type of life insurance to buy so your family can keep on going. It’s about giving your family security and financial protection.

Some Examples of Affordable Life Insurance

You might be wondering first off about how much life insurance costs. Well, it depends on the type you buy and the amount of coverage in your policy. But, I did some research and I have some quotes for what it would cost you monthly to buy a $100,000 term life insurance policy for someone in your age bracket.

The following quotes are for a person in good health and who doesn’t smoke. These quotes show what it would cost you monthly for a 10 year term, a 20 year term and a 30 year term.

$100,000 Term Life Insurance Quotes for Ages 31 – 35

Age                                 10 Year Term        20 Year Term       30 Year Term

31 Year Old Man                 $7.26                         $9.45                   $13.21
32 Year Old Man                 $7.27                         $9.47                   $13.48
33 Year Old Man                 $7.27                         $9.49                   $13.83
34 Year Old Man                 $7.27                         $9.50                   $14.09
35 Year Old Man                 $7.27                         $9.52                   $14.35

(Disclaimer – These rates are effective as of February 1, 2013)

Types of Life Insurance Policies for Someone Ages 31 -35

If you’re not sure what type of life insurance would suit your particular needs then I will explain the differences.

Life insurance comes in 2 main types which are known as term insurance and permanent insurance. Permanent insurance is further broken down into whole life and universal life.

Term Insurance

Term insurance is a life insurance policy that covers you for life but is sold in periods of time like the samples shown in the quotes above. There are other term options available because you can get a term policy to cover you to specific age in you life such as age 65 which is when most people often retire from working.

Term insurance is ideal if all you’re looking for is income replacement. It can also be used to pay for your death and funeral expenses, pay off your mortgage, your other debts such as loans and credit cards. continue page 2…….

Why Consider “10 Year Term” Life Insurance?

The most affordable type of life insurance is 10 year term.

This insurance is perfect for a young family, who needs some protection, but can’t afford to pay much.  It’s also great for short term needs.

It’s amazing how much life insurance someone in their 30’s or 40’s can purchase for less than $20 bucks per month if they’re in good health, and applying for 10 year term.

10 Year Term Explanation

Most term policies actually guarantee coverage up to age 95 or longer.  However, the premiums are only guaranteed to stay level for the first ten years.  That means your premiums will stay fixed during the initial 10 years, and in most policies, will rise annually thereafter.

There are various term lengths, such as 20 or 30 year term, which means the premium stays fixed for a longer duration, and remember, the lower the term duration, the lower the premiums.  For more information on alternatives to the ten year term, see our post on Types of Life Insurance.

10 Year Term Life Insurance Quotes

Age $500,000 $1,000,000
30 Year Old Male *$14 $21
40 Year Old Male $17 $28
50 Year Old Male $43 $78
60 Year Old Male $117 $217
70 Year Old Male $339 $625

*Note: All prices are MONTHLY as of 2/17/12, based on healthy, preferred plus, non smoker, and are subject to change.

Using Term for Buy/Sell Agreement or Key Man Insurance

Many business partnership arrangements require term life insurance on each partner, in the event that if he or she dies, the remaining partner/s will have liquid cash from the life insurance benefit to buy out the decedent’s family and or heirs of his or her share in the company.

10 year term life insurance is a popular choice for buy/sell contracts, since it’s the most affordable, and most businesses figure they either won’t be working together that long, or will probably restructure the ownership agreement by the end of 10 years anyway.

Estate Planning using Term Life Insurance

With the current “Band-aid” on estate taxes and the exclusion amount, some people aren’t sure what their long term estate tax implications could be.  A 10 year term policy with a conversion to permanent insurance may be a good solution for high net worth individuals whose estate value is approaching the current taxable threshold, but now quite there.

For example, a married couple with an 8 million dollar estate, with a properly structured AB Trust or bypass trust, may not owe any estate taxes if they were to both die in 2012.  However, if the current estate tax exemption (currently 5 million per individual) were to drop to, say, 3 Million per individual, then this couple would have an estate tax problem.

Since we don’t know what the future holds for estate tax legislation, some affluent families are purchasing 10 year term as a “wait and see” type strategy.  If the exclusion amount gets permanently set at 5 million per individual, or if estate taxes are done away with completely, then these wealthy individuals may decide to drop their coverage.

On the other hand, if the exclusion amount is permanently decreased, at least the policyholder will already have a policy in place (the 10 year policy), and could decide to convert it to a permanent policy such as guaranteed universal life or whole life.

You may also want to see this article for more information on using life insurance to avoid estate taxes and life insurance trusts.

Companies Who Sell 10 Year Term

Just about every company offers a guaranteed level 10 year term policy.  In my opinion, the 3 companies who are most consistently among the list of “low price leaders” for term insurance are Banner Life Insurance, ING-Reliastar Life Insurance, and Genworth Life Insurance.

Keep in mind, however, that some companies commonly show up in the top 3 in price quotes, but aren’t quite as lenient in underwriting, so it’s harder to actually qualify for their best ratings.  Two companies that come to mind here are Savings Bank Life (SBLI) and Ohio National.  On the contrary, you have a company life Prudential, who is usually not in the top 10, but maybe top 15 or 20, but are very fair on underwriting .

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Sample Life Insurance Quotes Ages 36 to 40

Young Married Couple Needing Life InsuranceWelcome to Huntley Wealth Insurance, where we offer affordable term and whole life insurance coverage to individuals of all ages.

In this article, I’ll be discussing the cost of life insurance for individuals ages 36 to 40. 

We’ll also cover the factors that influence your premium, how much you need, the appropriate type of insurance, and how to apply.

Sample Cost of Insurance, $500,000 Life Insurance, 36 to 40 Years Old

Age                                    10 Year Term             20 Year Term             30 Year Term
Male Age 36                          $14                                $24                             $39
male Age 37                          $16                                $25                             $42
Male Age 38                          $16                                $27                             $45
Male Age 39                          $17                                $28                             $49
Male Age 40                          $17                                $31                             *$53

*All Premiums per Month – and based on rates available as of June 1st, 2013, and are subject to change.  Rating class quoted above is Preferred Best Non Tobacco.

Factors Affecting Cost of Insurance – Ages 36, 37, 38, 39 and 40

The primary ingredients built into a life insurance premium are your age, sex, health, and type of policy you purchase.  Males cost a bit more, generally, than females, since on average, they die younger.  Age should be easy to understand.  A man who is 40 years old will pay a bit more than a male age 37 for the same amount of coverage.

Generally speaking, the healthier you are, the lower cost of life insurance you’ll pay.  So a 36 year old male with no medications and no history of health issues should be approved at a better health classification than the male, age 36, who applies for guaranteed term life insurance, but has a history of a seizure disorder, just as one example.

We routinely help clients purchase low cost life insurance between the ages of 36 to 40 with varying medical histories.  So please don’t be intimidated to apply for coverage if you have a history of high blood pressure or cholesterol, obesity, heart disorders, diabetes, cancer, any many other ailments.

Importance of Independent Agency

The most important factor in getting life insurance at age 36 or 37, or any age for that matter, is using an agency who can shop your case amongst many insurance carriers.  As independent agents, this is our specialty.  Some insurance companies may penalize you for certain medications, family history, or other medical issues.  The key is applying to the company who will offer you the most attractive rate classification.

For example, let’s say you’re a 38 year old seeking 10 year level term insurance, male with sleep apnea and use a CPAP.  Most insurance companies will rate you at standard non tobacco, even if the apnea is under good control, but if you apply to Pruco Life Insurance, you’ll have a fair shot at a Preferred rate, assuming you can otherwise qualify.  If you used an agent who was a captive agent for, say, MetLife, you would probably end up being approved at Standard rather than Preferred, and would pay approximately double the premium for the same amount of coverage.

But if you’re not careful, you might even be penalized for a family member’s health history.  Assume you are a 39 year old man applying for 30 year term life insurance, who takes no medications, completely healthy, but your father had prostate cancer at age 56.  Most companies will not allow you to qualify for their best rating, since cancer is proven to be passed genetically, but we do know of at least one company who won’t even ask about your family’s cancer history on the application, making them the ideal company to apply to for this 39 year old healthy man.

So no matter where you purchase your life insurance, be sure to ask your life insurance agent if he or she is an independent broker or captive to one life insurance company.

Which Type of Insurance and How Much?

Ninety percent of our insureds in their late 30’s will need term life insurance.  In most cases, I’ll recommend 20 or 30 year level term.  This means your premium will stay level during the initial 20 or 30 year term, and prices are guaranteed not to increase until after the initial term has ended.  Term insurance is the most affordable type of coverage, making it ideal for young families who simply need the death benefit protection at a low cost.

There are types of life insurance that provide additional benefits, such as guaranteed coverage throughout your entire life and building cash values, such as whole life insurance or universal life insurance.  We do offer these plans, but we find them inappropriate for most of our clients age 36 to 40.

To calculate how much life insurance you need, please use our income replacement calculator.

Applying for Life Insurance

Simply get started by getting a quote using our instant quote form to the right or calling us toll free at 877-996-9383.  In some cases, a medical exam will be required, as well as authorization for the insurance company to obtain your medical records.  We handle all of this and there’s no cost to you to apply.

No Exam Life Insurance

If you need to buy term life insurance quickly and want to do so with the minimal amount of fuss, we have the solution you are looking for right now.

If you are relatively young, and are in reasonably good health you can buy term life insurance right away and without having to take a medical exam.

You can qualify even if you smoke.  However, non-smokers will get the better rating of Standard Non-Nicotine rates while smokers may qualify for the next best rating of Standard Nicotine.

As a smoker, your monthly premium will be slightly higher but you can still get term life insurance without having to take a medical exam.

How Much Term Life Insurance Can I Get Without a Medical Exam?

If you are between the ages of 18 – 65 and qualify for a quick decision without having to take a medical exam you can buy between $25,000 to as much as a $250,000 term life insurance policy.

What Length of Term Can I Buy Without Taking a Medical Exam?

It depends on your age but it breaks down to as follows

10 Year Term available to those aged 18 – 65

15 Year Term available to those aged 18 – 60

20 Year Term available to those aged 18 -55

30 Year Term available to those aged 18 – 45

These term policies are renewable to age 95.  You may also be eligible for additional life insurance riders such as:

Dependent Child Rider – Coverage up to $25,000 and expires when the child reaches a certain age such as age 23, or you, as the insured, reach a certain age such as age 65.

Accidental Death Benefit Rider – This is generally issued only between the ages of 18 – 60, and you get coverage for between $25,000 and $250,000 with a general expiry at age 80.

How Will a Decision be Rendered?

The company will review the application you submit and you will be advised simply as to whether you are accepted or rejected by the insurance company.

How Do I Qualify?

To qualify you must be a U.S. citizen and provide some nominal proof of your citizenship such as a driver’s license.

You must answer a medical questionnaire such as the following:

You must answer No to the following questions to qualify.

1. Have you been diagnosed as having AIDS (acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome) or ARC (Aids Related Complex) or tested positive for HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)?

2. Are you waiting for a diagnosis, or have you been advised to have a surgical operation, diagnostic test or medical or mental evaluation that has not been completed?

3. Have you requested or received any Worker’s Compensation or any Social Security disability benefits?

4. Do you currently take more than 2 prescription medications for pain; or do you consume on average, more than 3 alcoholic beverages per day?

5. In the past ten years have you received any treatment, medical advice or medical consultation for:

  •  diabetes or elevated blood sugar; cancer (excluding basal cell or squamous cell carcinoma of the skin);
  • stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA or mini-stroke); emphysema; chronic bronchitis or chronic lung disease;
  • major depression or anxiety that required psychiatric treatment;
  • bipolar disease or mood disorder; schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia;
  • rheumatoid arthritis, paralysis;
  • and degenerative muscle or nerve disease or disorder; alcohol or drug abuse;

OR any disease or disorder of the following: heart, aorta, coronary arteries, peripheral vascular system, blood, liver, pancreas, kidney (other than kidney stones) brain or connective tissue? continue page 2……

What Women Need to Know about Life Insurance

Life Insurance for WomenAt Huntley Wealth Insurance, we help males and females alike purchase affordable term and whole life insurance to provide valuable protection for their families, businesses, and estates.

While the name of this particular website intends to attract a male audience, we DO provide quality advice and pricing for women needing life insurance as well.

Why Women Need Life Insurance – And Why They Typically Don’t Have It

At Huntley Wealth, approximately 30% of our life insurance clients are women.  This statistic speaks to the importance of the working wife and/or mother in modern times.

Today, many women provide a valuable, irreplaceable income for their families, which, if lost due to sudden death, would leave these wives’ and mothers’ families having to cope with one less income.

That’s where life insurance comes to the rescue.  Life insurance is commonly used to insure future earnings.  For example, if a woman earns $75,000 per year, and will do so for the next 20 years, she might purchase a 20 year term life insurance policy with a death benefit in the range of $1 Million to $1.5 Million.  If the death benefit earned 5%, her surviving husband or children could draw 50K to 75K from the death benefit to pay bills, the mortgage, and provide for needs without the funds ever depleting.  What would the surviving family have done without these funds?

The problem with modern families is that women generally have less life insurance than men, according to MetLife’s most recent “Employee Benefits Trends Study” in 2011.  The study also showed that women are more concerned about the impact their sudden death could have on their families than men, which is wonderful, and in my opinion, as a man with a wonderful, loving wife, I can certainly understand that.  So why aren’t females properly insured?

The key problems, or myths, I think, revealed in this study and others have to do with cost and simplicity of the life insurance process.  A study from Nielsen/Claritas proved that 44% of high income women (earning in excess of 50K per year) believe that life insurance costs more than they can afford.  Furthermore, 67% of the same women believe that selecting a life insurance product is a complicated process.

Life Insurance Costs Too Much

In most cases, life insurance is very affordable… dirt cheap even!  First, women pay less than men for life insurance, since their life expectancy is longer on average.  If you are in good health, let’s just say you can probably afford life insurance at some amount.  For example, I’ve provided quotes below for $500,000 of coverage.  Of course, your coverage could cost even less if you purchase a lower face value.

Quotes for Female, Excellent Health, $500,000 Coverage, Non Tobacco User

Age                                    10 Year Term             20 Year Term             30 Year Term

Female Age 30                          $13                                $18                             $27 – Per Month

Female Age 40                          $16                                $26                             $42 – Per Month

Female Age 50                          $35                                $59                             $97 – Per Month

Female Age 60                          $78                                $148                           $213 – Per Month*

*Note that these quotes are available as of 12/15/2011 and are subject to change.  Rates quoted would apply to female, non smoker, who can qualify for best class health classification.

The Life Insurance Process

For those of you who believe selecting a life insurance product is complicated, please allow me to outline the steps to selecting, applying for, and purchasing a life insurance policy.

  1. Speak to a knowledgeable independent agent about your health history.  If you take any medications or have a history of medical conditions, a good agent will know which companies will rate you at the best health classification, which will save you money.  Your agent should also be able to quickly and clearly explain the types of life insurance and how much is appropriate for your needs.  This should take about 10-15 minutes over the phone.  Call an agency like Select Quote, Accuquote, or our agency, Huntley Wealth.
  2. The application process is straight forward.  At our agency, we take information (address, drivers license, legal name, beneficiaries, etc.) over the phone and send the application to our clients to sign.
  3. After completing and signing the application, most insurance policies require a medical exam.  The cost of the exam is paid by the insurance company.  The exam typically includes blood and urine specimens.
  4. After the medical exam, you’ll be approved typically in 2 to 6 weeks.  The time it takes to approve you primarily depends on whether or not medical records will be ordered from your attending physician’s office.
  5. Once approved, your agent will forward your policy to you.  You send payment, and sign a form showing you received the policy.  Once all requirements are received by the insurance company, your policy will be in force, or effective.

The Met Life study reported women who do have life insurance typically are unaware of the type of coverage (i.e. term, universal life, or whole life) that they possess, and undervalue the amount needed to properly insure their lives to meet their families’ financial needs.  Please don’t fall into this category.  If you have a policy and aren’t sure what benefits it has, or if you need life insurance, please call us to review your needs at 877-996-9383.