Term life insurance is a type of life insurance policy that has a specified end date in which thedeath benefit will only be paid out to its beneficiaries if the insured dies during this time period. If the policy's term has finished before the insured dies, holders can choose whether they'd like to renew coverage, switch over to permanent protection or let their plan lapse.
Term life insurance is the most popular and affordable type of life insurance policy.
There are three main types of insurance to consider: whole life insurance, universal life insurance,and term life insurance. Click below for more information.
A term life policy is an agreement between the insured (the owner of the policy) and an insurance company, agreeing to pay a premium for a specified term length (typically 10, 20 or 30 years). Upon the death of the insured, the insurance company will pay a specific death benefit in cash to the beneficiaries, which is usually tax-free (unless the premiums are paid with pre-tax dollars).
How choosing a term life insurance policy works:
Application process - Before you are given a policy, the insurance provider will assess how much of a risk you are to insure using a “underwriting” process. They’ll typically ask for a medical exam to evaluate your health (including oral surgery), ask about your occupation, lifestyle (learn more about the benefits of healthy lifestyles such as IV therapy), and other things, which can effect your rate. Applying for coverage online takes about 15 minutes, start to finish. Learn how to Request a Quote from EGGRS! Or, if you're ready, Request a quote here!
Choose a term length - The longer the term length, the more you’ll typically pay each month. Because it is generally easier to get insurance while you are younger, it is recommended to get a longer term policy than a shorter one. If you have children, a general rule of thumb is to choose a term long enough to see them out of the house and through college.
Choose a death benefit - The general rule of thumb is to choose a coverage that is enough to care for your family’s needs if you’re not there to support them. Jump to section: How to determine how much you need.
Choose your beneficiaries - Your death benefit can go to your spouse, relatives, friends, organizations or charities and doesn’t all have to go to one person. For example, you could give 50% to your spouse and divide the rest between your adult children.
How to Determine How Much Term Life Insurance You Need
Having a life insurance policy with a large enough death benefit in place for your family requires the knowledge of how much it takes to feed, house, mortgage, clothe and educate your children through their adulthood.
Choose a death benefit that is 10x your salary, plus college expenses
Use the DIME formula (Debt, Income, Mortgage, and Education): Total your debts, mortgage and college expenses, plus your salary for the number of years your family needs protection
Human Life Value: A philosophy which is your lifetime income potential – what you’re earning now, and what you expect to earn in the future. Human Life Value suggests that you multiply your income by a variable based on factors such as age, occupation, projected working years, current benefits, etc. The easiest way to calculate this estimate is to use an online Human Life Value Calculator.
Below are the types of term life insurance policies.
Level Term or Level-Premium Policy - offers rates that stay the same for the period of time you choose, even as you get older or as your health changes.
Yearly Renewable Term (YRT) Policy - a one-year term life insurance policy where the premium is quoted for a one-year term, starting in the current year.
Decreasing Term Policy - a term life policy with a death benefit that gets smaller over time. This could be beneficial to you if you expect the beneficiaries to need less financial support as time passes.
Return of Premium - this type of term policy pays back all or a portion of your premiums if you live to the end of the term, although your premiums could be 2-4 times higher than with a level term policy. If your financial status changes and you let the policy lapse you may only get a portion of your premiums returned – or nothing at all.
Guaranteed Issue - These policies are easier to get and don’t require a medical exam. However, the insurance company has to assume that you are a risky prospect, so your premiums may be much higher and may might not pay a full death benefit for the first few years of coverage.
Convertible Term Policy - converting a term life insurance policy allows you to convert to any permanent policy the insurance company offers with no restrictions. Theconversion riderguarantees the right to convert an in-force term policy, or one about to expire, to a permanent plan without going through underwriting or proving insurability.
Benefits of Term Life Insurance
For parents with young children and growing families, term life insurance is a great option to provide substantial protection for an affordable cost, creating habits that will change your life. Term life insurance provides protection from the unexpected, with coverage often lasting until your children reach adulthood and become self-sufficient (what successful and wealthy people are doing).
Benefits of term life insurance include:
Lower cost of premiums and more affordable than other life insurance policies