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Important considerations for new parents buying life insurance

Life Insurance and Annuities
by Scott Morrow
Important considerations for new parents buying life insurance
Important considerations for new parents buying life insurance

One of the biggest life changes people generally go through which prompts them to buy life insurance coverage for the first time is when they are having a baby. However, many experts say that these people - perhaps because of their inexperience with buying such coverage - don't always do everything they should when looking into insurance options, and therefore might make a few missteps. As such, the more they do to study up, the better off they may be when hunting for various types of life insurance coverage.

Perhaps the biggest issue many younger adults run into when trying to buy life insurance coverage for the first time is they have such a wide range of options available to them that they don't know which is going to be the best one for their personal needs, according to a report from the Associated Press. The first decision they should make is the type of insurance coverage they want. Do they want a more temporary type of insurance, such as term life insurance, or something more permanent, such as whole life or universal life. For younger adults looking for affordable insurance coverage that may only stay in force for 20 years or less, term insurance may be the best option.  For those interested in continuing their insurance coverage over their entire lifetime, they may want to look toward a more permanent type of insurance coverage.

What else should they keep in mind?
Those buying life insurance for the first time might want to examine the various costs that the insurance coverage will need to cover in the event of death.  For instance, they need to think about their lifetime expected income, and the costs they're likely to incur for various expenses such as child care and mortgage payments.

Finally, young people might want to consider buying policies earlier in their lives when the insurance coverage is more affordable and while the individual is still insurable. Those in their 20s typically pay far less for life coverage than those in their 30s or 40s due to the lower mortality rates at the younger ages.

The more knowledgeable policyholders are prior to making a purchase, the more likely they will be satisfied with the insurance coverage they end up purchasing and the less likely they will lapse the policy in the early years.  It is important that insurance agents educate potential customers and find out as much as possible about the needs of the insured, so that they give them the type and amount of coverage that fits their specific needs.



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