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Key Considerations for Choosing the Right Life Insurance Policy


Life Insurance: Making Informed Choices for Your Future.

When it comes to life insurance, there are a series of pivotal inquiries you should take into account when talking to your advisor. These questions will guide you toward determining the most suitable life insurance policy for your unique circumstances. Let’s dive into these crucial queries:

  1. What is the Purpose of Life Insurance for Me?

Defining the purpose of your life insurance is the cornerstone of your decision-making process. Your response not only influences the coverage amount you require but also shapes your approach to the subsequent inquiries. Consider the primary role your life insurance policy will play. This might encompass safeguarding your family’s financial stability, leaving a lasting legacy for your descendants, contributing to charitable causes, covering final expenses, settling significant debts, funding your child’s education, or planning for a special needs situation. Your marital status and parental responsibilities are key factors in this determination.

  1. How Much Coverage is Adequate?

Determining the adequate coverage amount involves evaluating both immediate needs and long-term financial obligations. Begin by calculating the funds required for immediate expenses such as medical bills, funeral costs, and outstanding debts. Then factor in ongoing income necessary to sustain your family’s lifestyle. Utilize online calculators, like the “How much life insurance do I need?” tool, as a useful starting point. This estimation accounts for factors such as your current earnings, savings, inflation, and non-monetary contributions like childcare or housekeeping.

  1. Which Type of Life Insurance is Suitable?

Life insurance can be broadly categorized as “term” and “permanent” policies, each with distinct advantages. A term policy offers coverage for a specific timeframe, providing a death benefit to your beneficiaries. On the other hand, permanent insurance, including whole life and universal policies, endures for a lifetime and incorporates a death benefit while potentially accumulating cash value that can be accessed during your lifetime. Balancing the immediate costs of a term policy with the long-term benefits of permanent coverage is a decision to ponder.

  1. What Duration of Coverage Do I Require?

The necessity for coverage duration is contingent upon your life expectancy, retirement plans, and specific financial commitments. Opting for a permanent policy might offer a more comprehensive solution as it provides lifelong protection. While life insurance is often associated with income replacement during working years, its significance extends into retirement to ensure your family’s financial security.

  1. What Premium Payment Period Suits Me?

The duration of premium payments can be aligned with your financial objectives. For those averse to continuing premium payments during retirement, certain permanent life insurance products offer the convenience of shorter-term payment periods. Once your policy is fully paid, no further premiums are required. Explore options that align with your financial preferences.

  1. Is Premium Payment Flexibility Essential?

Steady premium payment schedules are customary, yet flexibility can be vital, especially for individuals with variable income sources such as business owners or commission-based earners. Some policies accommodate diverse cash flows, enabling larger premium payments at times of ample resources, as long as the policy’s value supports monthly charges.

  1. Is Flexibility in Other Areas Necessary?

Given life’s unpredictability, opting for a life insurance policy that offers flexibility is prudent. Certain permanent policies allow cash value utilization beyond the initial intent of the insurance, while several term policies can be converted to permanent coverage over time. Additionally, certain policies grant options to increase coverage without a medical exam.

  1. Do I Require Cash Value?

The disparity between term and permanent policies regarding cash value is worth considering. Permanent life insurance policies often allow borrowing against accrued cash value during your lifetime, with potential tax benefits. The alternative is the choice to surrender the policy and receive its cash surrender value. This cash value could supplement retirement income, fund education, or provide a safety net during emergencies, though it does reduce coverage.

  1. Who Guarantees My Family’s Protection?

Entrusting your family’s financial well-being to an insurance company demands careful scrutiny. Prior to making your decision, assess the financial strength ratings of different companies. This information aids in gauging the reliability of the company’s long-term commitment to your policy.


As you reflect on these inquiries, you’re laying the foundation for selecting a life insurance policy that harmonizes with your objectives. While these questions provide essential guidance, it’s natural for additional queries to arise. To address these concerns and explore your options further, please contact me from the information listed below. By doing so, you’re taking proactive strides to ensure your family’s future security.



Abbe S Pensack, CLTC
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