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Life insurance isn’t just a beneficial asset to have, it is an investment in your family’s future. Your decision to purchase life insurance will essentially have no impact on you specifically. Its purpose is to provide financial assistance to your family after you pass to help alleviate the stress of missing income that your absence leaves behind. It also gives your family the necessary time to mourn their loss without having to worry immediately about finances.

Like most other decisions you will make in your lifetime, you should do the appropriate amount of research before deciding on which option is right for you and, therefore, right for your family. Every life insurance policy plan is different. You want to make sure that you are choosing the right plan from the right company, so don’t venture into this process blindly.

Since this can seem overwhelming, it is important to know some basic information that will help demystify the life insurance process.

When is the best time to get life insurance?

There is a misunderstanding that life insurance is only for older individuals who have families. Waiting until you are older to get life insurance can actually be more problematic. When you are younger, you won’t need as much life insurance, which means that you will be paying less money. Even if you aren’t married or don’t have children, it’s still important to get some type of life insurance; these costs can be beneficial to your immediate family to help cover funeral costs after you’re gone. As you get older, having a life insurance policy will only get more expensive. And if, during the waiting process, you develop some type of ailment, it could mean you may not even be able to qualify.

Should you consider group life insurance plans?

Typically, when you go through group plans, rates tend to be on the cheaper side. But this isn’t always the case for life insurance. If you are a younger individual who is on the healthier side, it may prove more advantageous for you to compare policies with other companies. You could end up paying more through your own company and not even realize it.

If you are married, do you both need to get a policy?

You can opt to get a joint-life insurance policy with your spouse to help save a little money. These can often be better than individual plans. But do your research first. You want to make sure that the plan is offering you the most protection, because, like individual life insurance policies, joint-life policies also vary significantly.

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