Most North Dakota life insurance policies provide death benefits to pay for funeral expenses and other loans that you might leave behind. Some, however, could give you more than that. There are types of policies, like whole life, which have cash accumulation features. In case you come to a sticky financial situation, you can extract money from your insurance policy to pay for your loans, mortgages, and other expenses like college tuition.
Save Your Family from AgonyThe main goal of getting insured is to save your family from suffering financially in case you die unexpectedly. But you can take more out of that main goal and use your insurance policy to cover for your other needs. That is, if you will shop wise enough for the most appropriate coverage that you can afford.
The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the North Dakota Insurance Department (NCID) suggest that you review your purchase well. Make sure that this investment for the future will meet your specific financial needs. Your life insurance also has to be appropriate for your financial situation and for your family future. Answering the following questions may help you arrive at the best decision.
- What percentage of the family’s monthly income comes from you?
- Does anyone else, apart from your immediate family (spouse and children), depend on you financially? Are you paying for a brother or sister’s college tuition? Are you providing monthly allowances for an elderly, your parents or grandparents, perhaps?
- Do you have outstanding debts, loans, or mortgages that your family will have to repay in case of your death?
- How will inflation affect your future needs?
- What amount of premiums can you pay comfortably on a monthly or yearly basis?
- How much benefits will build up with a specific policy?
- Are there specific policy features available that will meet your exact needs?
Also, you have to consider the other possible sources of funds. Some people have an existing insurance policy from the organization or company they belong to. Some also receive benefits from Social Security once they reach a certain age. Some would have a pension plan, which will provide death benefits as well. Take all of these into consideration before purchasing your life insurance. You probably just need to fill in some voids in between to secure your family’s future financially.