Insurance for Families

Things to consider when choosing life insurance

With the many options available for family life insurance you may need someone to help you understand the different choices and terminology. Gerber Life takes the guesswork out of family life insurance with articles that answer such questions as, "How does life insurance work?" and "How do I get life insurance?" Whether you're looking for a policy for an infant, child, adult or senior, we've got you covered when it comes to answering your questions about life insurance.

  1. Different Types of Life Insurance Plans

    Types of Insurance PlansLife insurance plans—just like families—come in many different shapes and sizes. It helps to understand the basic types of life insurance policies before you select the one that will best fit your budget and protect your family in case anything should happen to you.

    Term Life Insurance Plans

    The most basic—and most affordable—life insurance plan is term life insurance coverage. You purchase this coverage for a specific period of time. If you die while the term life insurance is in force, your beneficiary will receive the full amount of the policy. If you ever stop paying into the plan, you will lose any coverage, and the money you paid in.

    Whole Life Insurance Policy

    When you purchase a whole life insurance policy, you will pay set premiums through the life of the policy. Your insurance company will invest the money and whenever you pass, your beneficiary will receive the full amount of the policy. You may also receive dividends from your investment in a whole life insurance policy.

    Gerber Life has a variety of life insurance plans to fit your family’s needs. Contact us for more information on life insurance plans.

     

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  2. Debunking One of the Biggest Life Insurance Myths

    Family Insurance PlansThere are many people (and you might even be one of them) who view family insurance plans as entirely unnecessary. After all, the only person that really needs a life insurance policy is the person who “brings home the bacon” – right? Wrong.

    Congratulations! You’ve just stumbled upon one of the biggest myths in all of life insurance. This is one that’s been around for quite some time, and the closer you look at it, the more mystifying it becomes as to how anyone could ever think it to be remotely accurate.

    While it’s true that it’s critical to have a life insurance policy on the head of the household who’s responsible for bringing in the majority of the income, there’s just as great a value in a family insurance plan that covers your spouse or children – even if none hold a job.

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  3. How Your Child’s Photo Could Help you Win a $1,000 Gift Card

    Gerber Life Supports Children’s LiteracyWouldn’t it be nice to win a $1,000 VISA® gift card just for sharing a photo of your child? That’s what will happen for one lucky participant in Gerber Life’s Project Open Book.

    Project Open Book is an initiative where parents can upload a photo of their child into a mosaic on the Gerber Life Facebook page. In return, they will be supporting childhood literacy and entered in a drawing for a chance to win a $1,000 VISA® gift card. For every photo uploaded, Gerber Life will donate $1 to Reading is Fundamental (RIF), the nation’s largest non-profit organization supporting children’s literacy and which provides books to children in underserved communities across the country. The goal of Project Open Book is to raise $10,000 for Reading Is Fundamental.

  4. Buying a Term Life Insurance Plan: How Much Coverage Do You Need?

    Buying a term life insurance planA term life insurance plan is a good way to provide peace-of-mind, knowing that your loved ones will have the income they need to maintain their current standard of living if you die. Losing a spouse or parent is hard enough without financial concerns during this difficult time.

    To determine exactly how much term life insurance coverage you’ll need, follow these steps.

    1. Discuss your burial wishes with your loved one and estimate funeral expenses, typically between $5,000 and $15,000.
    2. Calculate your debt, including your mortgage. Your family will be able to live on less if they can pay off all outstanding debt in one lump sum from your life insurance settlement.
    3. Include college education for your children. Estimate college costs to rise by about 5 percent per year. If your child intends to work to pay for part of school, you may get away with slightly less.
    4. In most cases, you won’t need to replace 100 percent of your income, especially if your spouse works as well and you’re already paying for childcare. Instead, estimate amounts totaling 50 percent of your pre-tax earnings until your retirement.
    5. Subtract income from other sources to get a final term life insurance coverage estimate. Any investments you have that your spouse can tap into (not counting retirement accounts) can help defray life insurance costs.

    You’ll want to reassess your term life insurance coverage requirements over time, as your debt drops, your salary rises, or if your family or living conditions change. Look for a flexible policy that permits you to change the amount of coverage over time.

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  5. Questions to Ask When You Get a Term Life Insurance Quote

    Getting a term life insurance quoteAre you shopping for affordable term life insurance? Here are some questions to ask life insurance companies when you shop around for a term life insurance quote.

    1. Are insurance rates fixed or variable? Variable rates on a term life insurance policy can give you a nasty surprise with your budget. If the policy does have variable rates, find out the exact terms and amounts.
    2. Is the policy renewable at the end of your term? You’ve paid a lot of money into a life insurance plan. Make sure you can renew it at the end of the term to continue your coverage uninterrupted. You may also want to find out if a medical examination is required at the end of the term before renewal.
    3. What exclusions exist with the policy? Many term life insurance plans have reasonable exclusions—but you’ll want to find out what they are so your loved ones don’t find themselves without term life insurance coverage if something happens to you.

     

    Source:  https://www.gerberlife.com/adult-life-insurance/term-life-insurance

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