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Sometimes life insurance seems like a losing proposition. You pay and pay premiums and can’t envision the time when you will need it or even worse, when your family gets the money upon your death.  While traditional products were designed for death benefits protection, today’s products are much more flexible, allowing people to use them for cash value accumulation, disability protection, long term care protection, and should none of those needs become a reality…death benefit protection.

The term we insurance people use to describe these flexible uses of a life insurance policy is  “living benefits” – meaning values created by a life insurance policy can be used during the insured’s life, not just upon their death..  These living benefits become more and more lucrative the earlier you start.

Starting early in a child’s life can allow you to provide benefits to them throughout their life. This can be through cash distributions for college funding or acceleration of death benefit for disability and long term care needs..  We’ve been structuring policies that grow to as much as $1 million of available benefit when the child reaches their 80s (i.e. when they’re most likely to need that coverage for long term care needs) for as little as $25 a month. We don’t start at a million because that would be silly, but we design the policy so it’s gets there when the time is right.

These hybrid products can allow you to use one contract for multiple needs. Cash accumulated inside the policy can be withdrawn on a tax free basis, provided the actual policy stays in force. Much more flexible than a 529 plan, these withdrawals can be used for college funding, starting a business, a home purchase and basically anything the child may need in the future. The living benefit riders allow the insured to draw down on the coverage amount for disability or long term care funding. It’s important that I note here that different carriers have different protections associated with these living benefit riders, so understanding what any given carrier is offering is essential.

These policies can be taken out up to age 90, but like we said, they perform beautifully when started in the toddler years. It’s really not about protecting those years as much as it is providing the long term living benefits we’ve discussed. Many parents and grandparents will also take out like coverage for themselves in order to protect their children and grandchildren from the financial exposure of their own long term care needs later in life. If you’ve shopped for long term care coverage you know it’s a use it or lose it proposition. When you use a hybrid life insurance product with living benefits it’s not. You use the benefit during your lifetime or it passes to your beneficiaries when you’re no longer here.

If you’d like to discuss your personal situation we’d love to hear from you. And PS…these types of policies don’t pull up on our quoting system, so don’t let that scare you.



Might of needed bad music insurance for this one.

Might of needed bad music insurance for this one.

Without the ability to see into the future, we often turn to insurance to protect ourselves from the unforeseen. Since we can’t predict our own mortality, we buy life insurance to protect our families’ financial wellbeing. We can never know if the person ahead of us on the road is going to slam on their breaks suddenly, so we purchase auto insurance to cover repairs, and own health insurance to help pay the costs of treating any injuries. Who knows why a burglar would break into your home and not the 24 others that look exactly like it along your street, but thank goodness you have homeowner’s insurance… you get the idea. There are certain kinds of insurance almost everyone should have, such as those listed above, while other types of policies tend to be specific to certain regions or circumstances, and still other kinds of insurance really aren’t worth it for anyone — period. Here’s a list of 10 insurance policies you can feel OK about not buying, as they’re just not worth the money for what these policies ostensibly cover.

Extended Warranties

It seems that whether you’re buying a dishwasher or a BluRay player, the salesperson pushes you to purchase an extended warranty. The fact is, most consumers never end up using these warranties. This is especially true if you make a big-ticket purchase from a reputable brand with a solid history of longevity. Don’t these people have any faith in what they’re selling?

Rental Car Insurance

Almost everyone pays a little more for an auto insurance policy that covers the cost of car rentals (usually limited by a certain dollar amount per day and a maximum amount of days they’ll cover). Many insurers promote this as a sound benefit, just in case your car requires some repair work after an accident. Granted, the price of  having rental care insurance on your auto policy is relatively low, but given how seldom you’re likely to rent a car, you’d save more money over the years to forego this policy and simply pay the low rental car rate yourself should you find yourself in need of a quick replacement.

Children’s Life Insurance 

You most likely own life insurance to provide for your children, heirs or other dependents in the event of your untimely death. Children, however, have no familes they must protect financially, so it makes little sense to purchase this coverage for your kids. Some insurers will argue that by starting a life policy for your children now, they can’t be denied coverage in the future if, for example, it was discovered they had a chronic illness. This is largely a waste of money, since statistically, most children will reach adulthood in good health. A more productive investment in your childrens’ future would be to use that money to fund an individual retirement account (IRA) or an education savings vehicles, such as a 529 college savings plan.

Flight Insurance

There is absolutely no need for you to purchase a flight insurance policy. No matter how much terrifying footage of airplane accidents you may have seen in your lifetime, your chances of being killed in a flight accident is statistically infamentesimal. Even beyond the rarity of these events, however, is that should the worst happen, your life insurance policy will cover this type of tragedy. Furthermore, it’s not uncommon for survivors of airline accidents to receive either settlement or court-ordered recompense through class-action litigation.

That concludes Part I of this article series on kinds of insurance you don’t need. Check back next week for the conclusion of the article, when we’ll look into the merit (or lack therof, as is the case) of six more insurance policies that aren’t worth your time or money.

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