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The Basics of Shopping for Life Insurance

Before getting life insurance, figure out how much coverage you need, research policy benefit riders for added benefits, and read your policy carefully to make sure it has the coverage you requested.

5 Tips when Shopping for Life Insurance

Ready to shop for a life insurance policy? Great! But before you do, here are some quick tips and helpful links from the Protective Life Learning Center that may help the process go just a bit easier.

Know the basics of shopping for life insurance.

Shopping for life insurance (whether it's online, over the phone, or with an agent) can be an overwhelming process if you don't know a few of the basics. First of all, do a bit of homework to understand the difference between a permanent* life insurance policy and a term (or temporary) life policy. Then, get some working knowledge as to how the basic life insurance policy types work. You'll want to look at term life, whole life, and universal life.

Crunch the numbers.

You won't get very far shopping for life insurance if you don't take the time to figure out how much you need. Do your loved ones a favor and resist the urge to arbitrarily pick a figure. Life insurance is serious protection and deserves a bit more consideration. Before you jump on the computer or meet with an agent, first determine how much life insurance you need. A good place to begin is with the Protective Needs Analysis Calculator.

Check out policy benefit riders.

When comparing life insurance quotes, it's a good idea to find out if the policy you're considering includes any additional benefit riders. Some of these “add-on” benefits come standard, while others are optional and can carry an additional premium. Understanding policy riders such as a child rider, accelerated death benefit rider, waiver of premium rider, etc., may help you decide if paying a bit more for a policy that includes built-in benefits is worth the extra cost. To learn more about taking advantage of policy benefit riders, visit the Protective Learning Center.

Rate shop.

Once you have some of the basics down, it's time to go shopping. You can get as many as you like, but a good rule of thumb would be to get at least three different rate quotes. Then, speak with an agent or company representative from each of the companies that you are considering. A reputable life insurance company allow you to speak in person with a qualified insurance professional so that you can ask questions. Be sure to ask about any additional underwriting processes that you may need to go through (such as a medical exam), and what the next steps are towards getting a policy in place.

Read Your Policy.

Once you receive your life insurance policy, take the time to read it. Most life insurance policies have what is called a declaration page, which briefly summarizes your policy. However, go beyond the declaration page and review the entire policy. The idea is to make sure that the coverage you so painstakingly took the time to select, is indeed what you want.

Generally, most life insurance policies have what is called a free look period. During the free look period (typically a 10 day time frame), you can continue to ask the insurer questions regarding your policy as needed. If for any reason you wish to cancel the policy within the specific time frame, you may do so and will be refunded any down payment money. Every insurance company has a different free look policy, so be sure to ask. For more information on the free look period and how to cancel a life insurance policy, visit the Protective Learning Center.

* As long as required premium payments are timely made.

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Shopping for a Life Insurance Policy

Shopping for a life insurance policy can be daunting. But you can lessen your learning curve by taking the time to understand a few basics before you go shopping for life insurance quotes. Here are five tips that can help you devise a strategy before you go shopping for life insurance quotes. For more information, visit the Protective learning center.

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