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Life Insurance Plans for Individuals
Life insurance is a type of coverage that pays benefits upon a person’s death to designated beneficiaries. A small premium gives you immediate coverage and provides for a significant death benefit payable upon the insured’s death to provide capitalization to pay an income for dependents. In some cases, there may be a maturity date where the insured, if still living, can receive the proceeds.
Tax deferral is allowed with some types of life insurance to offer insurance with an investment component, allowing increased funds to pass to heirs. Tax specialists can maximize an estate’s value while using life insurance. And the investment after achieving growth can enhance retirement income.
Types of Life Insurance
Life insurance has two primary classes:
1. Term Life Insurance Term Life is less expensive, but most term periods are generally temporary. Many people choose term life insurance (or term rider on a permanent plan) when beginning a family, as they try to keep costs lower while covering many liabilities.
Term Life Insurance plans include:
The death benefit coverage continues for temporary terms set in 5, 10, or 20 years; or a lifetime level term to age 100.
2. Permanent Life insurance The coverage continues to the time of the decease of the insured or pay one a level or an increasing lump sum at a certain age of maturity (usually age 100), or offers cash value or premium pre-payment incentives. Where there are cash values associated with a Permanent plan, the insurance cost can be lowered as the increasing cash funds accumulating in the program replace the level of insurance needed.
Permanent Life Insurance plans include:
Life insurance premiums vary according to the policy type. In some cases, paying a little more premium offers enhanced benefits. Tax-deferral strategies may change due to legislation.
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