There are two main types of life insurance that may need to be addressed in an Arizona estate plan – term policies and whole life policies. Before getting too in-depth about purchasing life insurance, it is important to first understand the key differences between these two policies.
Term life insurance is only good for a predetermined period of years, and it pays a set amount if you die while the policy is in effect. If you die after the term expires, nothing is paid to your beneficiaries. Also, your premiums only pay for the coverage itself; term life insurance will not grow as an investment. There are many differences among term life insurance policies, depending on the coverage you enroll for. Some policies have fixed premiums, while others may increase in price over the course of the term. Some policies are renewable without a medical exam, while others cannot be renewed. Discuss the options thoroughly with a life insurance agent before purchasing a policy.
Whole life insurance is permanent in nature; it remains in effect for as long as you pay the premiums. While whole life policies are more expensive than term insurance policies, they serve an investment function because you generate returns on your premiums. These returns can be stored in reserve or borrowed against after a predetermined waiting period. Unless you fully withdraw funds from your reserves they are not taxable. Once your policy matures, you can cash it in for its surrender value. Despite its capacity to generate some revenue, whole life insurance should not be used solely as an investment tool, as more lucrative methods of investing are available.
Do I Need Life Insurance in My Estate Plan?
Life insurance is certainly not for everybody, though it can play a role in a thorough estate plan. It is most useful to individuals with dependent children or spouses who will require additional support after you are deceased. If the property and assets you plan on leaving your dependents is insufficient to cover their needs, life insurance may be a worthy consideration. The proceeds from your life insurance policy can help your beneficiaries with long-term needs or immediate costs such as funeral and burial expenses. In addition, it is a great idea to contact an Arizona estate planning attorney for guidance when determining how substantial of a life insurance policy to purchase.
Call Arizona Estate Attorney Dave Weed at (480)467-4325 to discuss your case today.
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