A Few Tips for Life Insurance Over 50

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Seniors studying the computer resultsPurchasing life insurance requires more than a bit of careful thought and consideration. Those who rush into buying life insurance might not find the policy they settle on to be the best one. Rushing into the purchase of anything is going to have drawbacks. Of course, those who wait and wait to buy a life insurance policy end up having to deal with other concerns and complexities. Someone who reaches the age of 50 might be thinking a policy should have been purchased 15 years earlier.

Anyone of such an opinion should realize a simple fact. People over the age of 50 buy life insurance all the time. Granted, there may be a few additional special considerations to think about. For those who are 50 years or more, the following insights just might make the process of buying life insurance a lot easier and less confusing.

First, your health is going to play a major factor in how much you pay for your insurance policy. Consider it good advice to take steps immediately to improve your health by getting rid of a lot of bad lifestyle choices. Being overweight or, worse, a smoker is going to drive those life insurance premiums way up. Those who are already in good health will reap the rewards of such a lifestyle, not the least of which being lowered insurance premiums.

Be aware you are not going to be able to fool anyone about your health when you wish to apply for a life insurance policy. If you are over the age of 50, the life insurance company is going to require a full physical examination.

It certainly does not hurt to sit back and evaluate how much life insurance you really do need and what purpose it serves. When you are 40 years old and your children are 15, a larger policy may be required to, say, help cover their college tuition in the event of your passion. If you are 55 and your young ones are now 30 and working in a decent job at a fair salary, life insurance can still be helpful but it probably can be smaller in its amount. Someone over the age of 50 may have the doors of a less costly policy open to them since circumstances have likely changed a lot as far as the beneficiaries are concerned.

Those worried about saving money on a life insurance policy may wish to purchase term insurance. Term insurance only runs for a set number of years. (Whole life insurance do not have any time duration and premiums are paid throughout the policy holder’s life) A term policy of, say, 20 years could cost $1,500 a year meaning the maximum cost on the full term would be $30,000 yet it may offer $75,000 in coverage. In the simplest of descriptions, term life insurance is a money saver. Once again, someone over the age of 50 is likely going to pay more for a policy just due to the age factor. A term policy could offset some of those higher costs due to its less costly nature.

There are other types of life insurance policies that can be acquired. Cash value life insurance is one and this type of coverage also entails long term investments. Basically, the way this policy works is that a small portion of the money paid on the life insurance policy goes into a savings account. The money placed in the account then draws interest. As a long term savings plan, this type of policy can be a good idea. For those who may wish to access emergency cash, having the funds in a savings account does make the money more readily available. For older persons, a policy of this nature can have many benefits to it.

The one thing to always realize about a life insurance policy is the contract is an investment. Not everyone looks at a life insurance policy from this perspective but, in truth, an investment is exactly what it is. Money is paid in the form of premiums for the acquisition of a payout in the future. In this case, the investment is made selflessly since the money is supposed to help family members during a very tough time.

Yes, there are a few things to think about when buying life insurance for seniors. None of the concerns and older customer might have reflect anything too difficult to deal with. Simply take a few steps back and reexamine things before making any decisions.

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James Patrick
James is a financial expert who has contributed several business and finance related articles. His expertise and first-hand knowledge of economics makes his blogs and articles informative and helpful for those looking out for guidance and assistance in matters related to finance. He has an active schedule of TV and radio interviews He is co-host of the popular VT Radio show Jim and Gordie Show. latest-articles-buttonJim comes from an old military family dating back to the American Revolution. Dozens of Confederate ancestors fought for the South in the War Between the States. Uncles fought in WWII and Korea. His father was a WWII P-40 and later P-51 Mustang fighter pilot. Vietnam found several uncles serving, a cousin, and brother Wendell as a young Ranger officer. His mother was a WWII widow at 16, her first husband killed with all 580 aboard when the SS Paul Hamilton, an ammunition ship with 7000 tons of explosives aboard, was torpedoed off the coast of Algiers. He has been writing, speaking and doing public relations, television, consulting and now multimedia work for a variety of American heritage, historical, military, veterans and Intel platforms. Jim’s only film appearance was in the PBS Looking for Lincoln documentary with Prof. Henry Lewis Gates, and he has guest lectured at the Army Command and General Staff School at Fort Gordon. Currently he is working to take his extensive historical video archives on line to assist his affiliated organizations with their website multimedia efforts, such as the Military Order of World Wars, Atlanta, Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans , Assoc. for Intelligence Officers, the Navy League, Georgia Heritage Council, National Memorial Assoc.of Georgia.

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