At The Forefront Of Life Insurance There Is Always The Death Benefit. It Is The Bread And Butter Of Numerous Policies, And Many See Life Insurance As Merely An Income Replacement Tool.
THE IMPORTANCE OF CONDUCTING A POLICY REVIEW
Life events can prompt changes in your insurance needs
Have you changed jobs, had children or grandchildren, purchased a new home, paid off your mortgage, gotten married or divorced, had a death in the family, or updated your estate plan recently?
Does your life insurance reflect that change?
The health of your policies can change
Have interest rates or the equity markets moved significantly since you purchased your policies?
Are they performing as originally expected?
The structure of your insurance should reflect your current situation
Do you know who the owner, payer and beneficiaries are on your policies?
Is that still what makes sense given your current family dynamics, your current goals and the tax law changes?
The amount and type of insurance you need changes with the stages of life
Did you originally buy your insurance to protect your growing family?
Is your salary/wealth the same as it was then?
Is family protection still the primary risk?
Are you starting to worry about retirement and long-term care?
Do you have a plan for how your wealth will be transferred to the next generation (or your favorite non-profit)?
The pricing and benefits offered in insurance contracts changes over time
Are your existing policies competitively priced?
Do they include all the benefits you will need going forward?
Do you want to look at the alternatives?
THE POTENTIAL OUTCOMES OF A POLICY REVIEW
1. Gain confidence that your current policies are financially sound and set up optimally to help meet your current and future needs.
2. Restructure your current policies owner, payer and beneficiary designations to help minimize the impact of income, gift and estate taxation and/or to reflect your current family dynamics.
3. Revise your current policy premiums and benefit utilization to try to optimize long-term performance.
4. Alter your current policies’ type or face amounts, or exchange them for new policies, to better meet your short and long term objectives or to deliver cost savings.
5. Buy additional insurance to supplement your current policies so that they can strive to ensure that your current and future goals are met.