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Life Insurance Mistakes You Should Avoid

Life insurance is a foundational element of financial security. Although some people still do not have life insurance, awareness is increasing. Even individuals who make an effort to have coverage are insufficiently protected. Most insured are not sufficiently protected and make poor decisions on the kind of insurance, the length of the policy, etc. This article discusses the typical errors individuals make when purchasing life insurance and offers suggestions for avoiding them. 1. Choosing the cheapest life insurance option rather than the best choice Term life insurance is typically less expensive at first than permanent life insurance. However, term life insurance only covers a finite period, such as 10 or 20 years. Its premiums rise if you renew them every 10 or 20 years. The insurance company pays the benefit if the insured person passes away during the term. While term life insurance has a higher initial cost than permanent life insurance, the latter will protect you until you pass away as long as you continue to pay your premiums. If you have immediate demands, the term can be a suitable alternative. You might have a mortgage to pay off and a young family that depends on your salary. However, whole life insurance is probably the preferable choice if lifetime coverage appeals to you. Doing this allows you to leave money for your loved ones and ensure that your estate costs are paid. 2. Underestimating Your Needs for Life Insurance You must choose a policy type and how much of a death benefit you require. It’s probably wise to refrain from randomly selecting a number. If you don’t do your research, you could end up shortchanging your beneficiaries in the future. When determining how much life insurance you require, you should consider some things, like age, general health, life expectancy, income, obligations, and possessions. You might not need as much protection if you’ve already amassed a sizeable nest fund and have little debt. However, if your spouse is unemployed and you have young children, you will need enough insurance to support them financially in the long run. 3. Only using group insurance Having life insurance as part of your employee benefits package is ideal. However, most employment plans only provide a minimal level of life insurance. And you can only have it while you’re employed there. Therefore, you will lose that coverage if you switch jobs, leave your job, or are fired. It’s crucial to obtain your in-control life insurance. Your group insurance will still be available. Just think of it as the cherry on top. 4. Hiding the fact that you purchased life insurance from others “If you don’t let people know you have insurance, nobody will come forward to file a claim.” Therefore, please keep a copy of your policy and ensure your family knows its whereabouts. 5. Failing to change your beneficiaries It’s crucial to choose a primary beneficiary and a contingent beneficiary. When a significant shift in your life occurs, you should examine your beneficiaries with your advisor. This includes getting married, divorced, having a kid, or losing a beneficiary. Doing this can make you confident that the money will eventually benefit your loved ones. 6. Failing to examine your needs and policy It’s crucial to regularly examine your life insurance coverage, especially when you have a significant life event like those already stated. Your demands for life insurance will undoubtedly change over your policy term. How much life insurance you need depends on all of these circumstances. Therefore, discuss your insurance with your advisor once a year. Additionally, you can buy more insurance if necessary. You can locate a financial expert to assist you if you require advice. 7. Neglecting to purchase as much life insurance as you should Be honest about how much coverage you need. “You can assess how much money your family will need to meet expenses with the help of an advisor.” Funeral costs, legal fees, unpaid debts, including mortgage debt, taxes, the money your family will need to maintain their quality of life, and any charitable organizations you sponsored during your lifetime could all be included in your computation.
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For over 30-years Joe Carreno of The Retirement Advantage has been a Federal Employee Retirement System specialist (FERS) as well as a Florida Retirement System specialist (FRS) independent advocate. An affiliate of PSRE (Public Sector Retirement Educators), a Federal Contractor & Registered Vendor to the Federal Government, also an affiliate of TSP Withdrawal Consultants. We will help you understand your FERS & FRS Benefits, TSP & Florida D.R.O.P. withdrawal options in detail while recognizing & maximizing all concurrent alternatives available.Our primary goal is to guide you into retirement with no regrets; safe, predictable, stable, for life. We look forward to visiting with you.

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Joe Carreno

For over 30-years Joe Carreno of The Retirement Advantage has been a Federal Employee Retirement System specialist (FERS) as well as a Florida Retirement System specialist (FRS) independent advocate. An affiliate of PSRE (Public Sector Retirement Educators), a Federal Contractor & Registered Vendor to the Federal Government, also an affiliate of TSP Withdrawal Consultants. We will help you understand your FERS & FRS Benefits, TSP & Florida D.R.O.P. withdrawal options in detail while recognizing & maximizing all concurrent alternatives available. Our primary goal is to guide you into retirement with no regrets; safe, predictable, stable, for life. We look forward to visiting with you.

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