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Life Insurance

We have been helping clients protect their loved ones with life insurance for over 26 years,
and pride ourselves on providing uncomplicated advice and unparalleled service.

What is Life Insurance?

In simple terms, life insurance will pay a lump sum to a beneficiary in the event that you pass away while the policy is in effect. The purpose of life insurance is to help cover any financial burden you may leave behind (funeral costs, medical bills, debts, etc.).

How much Life Insurance do you need?

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Life Insurance costs LESS than you think.

A $250,000 10-year term policy can be as low as:

Male age 30  $ 9.89/month                Female age 30  $ 8.67/month

Male age 40  $11.93/month               Female age 40  $10.97/month

Male age 50  $23.44/month              Female age 50  $20.21/month 


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Think about it.:

A day of summer parking at the beach is $30.*
The average monthly cable package is $217 per month.**
An average wedding cake is $500***
A daily ski pass can run from $20 to $200!

Life insurance is affordable and worthwhile.
Let us help you get the life insurance that works best for you and your family.


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Life changes quickly and so can your insurance needs.

Have you recently been married? Had a child? Changed jobs? You may need to adjust your policy. Contact us for a policy review.  
No policy? No problem. We can help with that too.

* https://ocean-beach-park.com/park-info/admission-and-parking-prices/
** https://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/saving-and-budgeting/articles/how-much-is-cable-per-month
*** https://www.theknot.com/content/how-much-do-wedding-cakes-cost
† https://www.onthesnow.com/united-states/lift-tickets

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Types of Life Insurance

There are many different types of life insurance but there are 2 main categories to keep in mind:

Number 1: Term
Term insurance is the most straightforward and least expensive type of life insurance. One of the main things to remember about term insurance is that it is only active for a set period – the term. Available term lengths are from 1 year to 30 years. Terms are typically only available in increments of 5 years (5, 10, 15, etc.). If the insured passes away during the term, the death benefit is paid to the beneficiary. If the insured does not pass away before the term ends, nothing is paid out to the beneficiary and the policy ends. The other important thing to remember is that term policies do not have a cash value. The premium on term policies are commonly level and stay the same for the life of the policy. However, in some cases, the premium can increase or decrease.

Number 2: Permanent
Permanent policies differ from term policies in a few, big ways. First, instead of there being a set term for these policies, permanent policies are active for as long as premiums are paid. Second, these policies have the ability to accrue a cash value. In the event that the insured passes away while the policy is active, the beneficiary may receive the death benefit and the accrued cash value.
There are 3 unique sub-types of permanent policies: Whole, Universal, and Variable.

Single-Premium Insurance (SPL)

Single-premium, or single-pay, insurance is a policy that is entirely funded with one lump sum payment. This option is only available on permanent insurance policies. In IUL products, an SPL policy allows the cash value to grow at a guaranteed rate without having to pay premiums. In variable products, an SPL policy allows the cash value to remain invested so it may fluctuate with the market. One of the benefits to a SPL variable policy is that the policyholder can pay additional premiums to grow the cash value if they so choose.

The downfall of single-premium policies is that they are all automatically considered to be modified endowment contracts (MEC). If an insurance policy is written after June 20, 1988 and fails the 7-pay test, it is considered to be a MEC. In a MEC contract, funding has exceeded the amount of premium that would have been necessary to pay the policy up within 7 years. Withdrawals or loans on these policies for policyholders younger than 59 1/2 are subject to a 10% tax penalty so they are ideal for people who do not plan on taking pre-death withdrawals.

Who Should Consider Purchasing Life Insurance?

Spouses/Parents
According to a 2018 study, 35% of households would have financial difficulty within just one month of a primary wage-earner passing. Life insurance can help close that gap and provide a safety net for your surviving spouse and/or children.

Homeowners
Mortgages are a large debt to take on and do not disappear if you die. You can name a beneficiary on your policy whom you trust to continue those payments after you’re gone. You can even have the proceeds from the policy be paid directly to the mortgage lender.

Business Owners
Often referred to as a Key Person policy, life insurance can help cover lost revenue and business expenses resulting from the loss of a key employee, such as a business partner.

Students
Did your parents co-sign on your student loans? If the answer is yes, they will be liable for paying off those loans if you pass away even if it happens years after you are out of college. Young people need life insurance, too!

Anyone with no sizable assets
The average funeral costs between $7,000 and $10,000. Think about who would be responsible for paying for your funeral and final medical expenses if you pass away. Life insurance can help cover those costs and allow your loved ones more time to grieve.

Young/Healthy
Life insurance premiums are much lower if you are under the age of 35. Increased age brings a higher risk to the insurance company. Therefore, the older you get, the higher your premium will be. People under 35 typically also fall into one, if not both, of the previous 2 examples.

You don’t necessarily need to fall into one of these categories to consider life insurance. You can even designate the proceeds of your policy to be paid to your favorite charitable foundation!

Common Terminology You Should Know

Death Benefit
Also known as Face Amount/Face Value, the amount of money that gets paid out if you die while the policy is in effect.

Term
This is how long the policy lasts. Depending on the type of policy, the term can expire after 1–30 years, or continue through your entire lifetime.

Beneficiary
This is who the death benefit gets paid to. This can be your spouse, children, a trust, or even a charitable foundation.

Premium
The cost to keep your policy active is called the premium. The premium can commonly be paid monthly, quarterly, or annually.

Underwriting
This is when the insurance company reviews all of the information they collected during the application process and assesses how risky you are to insure – or your risk class. Things like your age, health, hobbies, occupation, family health history, and many other factors are considered during the underwriting process. The outcome of this process will determine your premium. You may also be denied coverage altogether.

Risk Class/Classification
Your classification will determine how high or low your premium will be. The better your health is, the better your classification, and typically the lower your premium will be. The definitions for each classification will vary from company to company but may be similar.

Rider
Think of these as add-ons to enhance the overall utility of your policy. Riders will typically raise your overall premium but you may find the additional cost worth the added benefits they bring.