Types of life insurance

Having life insurance is very important as it will provide your dependents with financial protection. For those that are in the West Bloomfield, MI and shopping for life insurance, there are many different decisions to make. One of the first decisions to make is to decide on the right type of life insurance. There are two different major life insurance options that should be considered.

Whole Life Insurance

One common type of life insurance is whole life insurance, which is a form of insurance that will provide you with coverage for your entire life as long as premiums are made as scheduled. With this type of insurance, your payments will be higher, but the premiums will also accumulate into an account that will accrue interest. Not only will this provide you with a modest amount of life insurance, but it could also be a conservative investment option.

Term Life Insurance

For those that want the most amount of coverage, getting term life insurance is a good idea. This form of life insurance will provide you with more insurance coverage but only for a certain period of time, which typically ranges from 10 to 30 years. While your payments will not accrue as they do with whole life insurance, your payments will be much less to receive the same level of life insurance coverage. 

When you are looking for life insurance, it is important that you have someone by your side helping you to choose the right policy. The Phil Klein Insurance Group can help you get into the right policy for your situation. The Phil Klein Insurance Group will help a West Bloomfield, MI to better understand all of their options so they are able to make the right life insurance decision. 

Life insurance coverage options

Life can be unpredictable and you never know with certainty what the future holds. With a bright future ahead of you and great plans for your family, the tides can turn upside down with a twinkle of an eye. So, what happens to your loved ones once you’re no more? Life insurance ensures that your beneficiaries continue to live a meaningful life even after you’re no more. With lost income, buying food, paying bills, and footing college fees can be a daunting task for your loved ones, and that’s why life insurance from Phil Klein Insurance Group comes in.

There are several life insurance coverage options to consider in West Bloomfield, MI. Some policies are packaged like an investment plan while others are tailored to provide a lump sum payment upon the demise of the policyholder. Here are the common coverage options to consider:

Term Life Insurance. Everyone immediately thinks of term life insurance whenever life insurance is mentioned. This coverage is often affordable but is also limited in terms of the duration of coverage. It doesn’t accumulate any cash value in the entire duration of coverage but only offers pure death protection.

Whole Life Insurance. This policy lasts the entire lifespan of the policyholder. It has no term limit and covers the insured as long as the premiums are paid. It comes with a cash value benefits and a death benefit as well.

Universal Life Insurance. For those seeking more flexibility, Universal life coverage provides both components of cash value benefits and death benefits. The only difference is that the policyholder gets to choose the coverage limits that go towards each component.

At Phil Klein Insurance Group in West Bloomfield, MI, we offer several other options to consider including Variable Life and Variable Universal Life Coverages. Each policy comes with unique benefits that suit the specific needs of the insured. For more information about our life insurance coverage options, visit our website or give us a call today.

 

 

Ready for your life insurance health exam?

When you’re applying for an individual life insurance policy, you’ll usually need to complete a simple medical exam administered by a paramedical professional.  However, at PKIG we can offer up to $1 million in coverage without a medical exam in many cases.  If you do need to complete the exam, follow these steps to prepare for your exam so you can minimize your chances of inaccurate test results and set yourself up to receive a fair rate on your policy.

When to Eat

Read and follow your pre-exam directions.  If you’re supposed to fast for eight to 10 hours, make sure you do.  Fasting properly means you won’t get a false positive on blood glucose tests for diabetes or artificially high cholesterol levels because of something you ate.  Don’t even drink black coffee the morning of, as caffeine can increase your blood pressure.

Tip: If you accidentally eat something before your test, ask the examiner if you need to reschedule.

What to Eat

You may also want to pay attention to what you eat and drink for at least 24 hours beforehand.  Avoid alcohol, skip salty foods and drink plenty of water. Consuming too much alcohol, too much sodium or not enough water can throw off test results for liver and kidney function as well as urine concentration.  It’s also easier to give blood when you’re well-hydrated.

Exercise Considerations

Finally, avoid tough workouts in the 12 to 24 hours before your exam, as heavy exercise can lead to urinalysis results that may suggest kidney problems and high blood pressure. But a light workout, like a walk, may be a good idea to help you get a good night’s sleep.  And, being properly rested can possibly improve your test results by decreasing anxiety and lowering blood pressure.

Thinking over your life insurance options? Reach out if you have any questions.  248-682-7445 or owen@philkleininsurance.com

Am I too young for life insurance?

Life insurance is generally regarded as something that you don’t really worry about until your retirement age. There is some truth to that, but the fact is that it has nothing to do with your biological age. Rather, retirement is usually the age people are at when they have something worth protecting with life insurance, and the means to invest in a good policy. We are not trying to say that the people in West Bloomfield, MI should wait to call Phil Klein Insurance Group for life insurance, and it should have nothing to do with how many gray hairs you have on your head, but more to do with who you’re trying to support when you are gone.

If you have dependents, a wife, children, or family members that you look after, then life insurance will ensure that they are taken care of should something happen to you. That’s all life insurance is about. It has nothing to do with physical age.

This applies to many people who are fairly young. If you already have a family in your twenties and you want to make sure that they are provided for, life insurance can help. In fact, it may be wiser to invest while your children are young. When they’re able to get jobs of their own, they might not need the support. Life insurance can also help to cover funeral expenses and education. So, keep all these factors in mind.

It is up to you to take the responsibility of researching and reaching out to a trusted agency like Phil Klein Insurance Group. Life insurance can protect you from unforeseen financial troubles in the future. Contact our agency to speak with a representative and to get a quote.

How To Avoid Six Situations That Can Destroy A Business

1. “I KNOW WHAT MY BUSINESS IS WORTH”
•Have you ever had your company value appraised by an outside resource?
•Has that appraisal been done within the last three years?
•Do you have a Buy/Sell agreement? •Is it funded?
•Has it been reviewed within the last three years?
•Do you know where your Buy/Sell agreement is kept?

2. “I’M TOO BUSY RUNNING THE COMPANY”
•Do you have a will? •A trust?
•Is it up to date?
•Do you have a plan to retain key employees if something happens to?
•Has your Trust & Estate Plan been reviewed in the last three years?
•Have you identified and written down your trusted advisors?

3. “THAT’LL NEVER HAPPEN TO ME”
•Do you have a succession plan in place?
•Have you involved both key employees and family members in your succession planning?
•Does your succession plan have a provision for disability?
•Have you identified or written down who you want to run the company?
•Do you have disability buy-sell overhead expense coverage?

4. “THERE’S PLENTY OF TIME FOR THAT”
•Do you know when you want to retire? •How much income will you need?
•Do you want to be running the company full-time, five years from today?
•Do you know how much control in the business you must maintain in order to secure your retirement income?
•Have you explored financing opportunities for key employees to buy the company in the future?

5. “MY BUSINESS IS MY RETIREMENT”
•Do you have a retirement vehicle other than your business?
•Is 25% or less of your business assets a part of your retirement plan?
•Will your retirement funding come from more than four sources?
•Have you had your retirement income projected/analyzed to identify shortfalls?
•In the past year, have you spent more than one hour planning for retirement?

6. “YOU CAN’T BEAT UNCLE SAM”
•Do you have a TEAM of financial advisors working with you?
•Are you proactively planning to deal with changes in the tax laws?
•Will any sources of your retirement income be received tax free?

Questions? Concerns? Call Owen Rosen at (248) 682-7445 today or email owen@philkleininsurance.com

Is Your Employer-Provided Life Insurance Coverage Enough?

Is the life insurance you’re getting through your employer enough to take care of your family? And are you paying too much for that coverage? A healthy 50-year-old male could save nearly 80% on premiums in the first year alone by switching from an employer-provided term life insurance policy to an individual one, according to the National Association of Financial Planners.  Young, healthy employees might also be better off with individual coverage, since they can lock in low rates for decades.

But many companies pay for some amount of life insurance for their workers; they also allow workers to purchase more coverage for themselves and their spouses at a low cost and with no medical exam. As a result, many families obtain all of their life insurance through an employer. If you make $75,000 per year, your employer might provide $75,000 or $150,000 in coverage at little or no out-of-pocket cost to you, and the premiums will come straight out of your paycheck. This way, you’ll never miss the money or worry about paying the bill. And even if you’ve had less-than-perfect health, you’ll qualify for just as much coverage as your co-workers. That all sounds enticing, but there are several potential problems with obtaining life insurance through work.

Problem 1: Your Employer May Not Offer Enough Life Insurance

While basic employer-provided life insurance is low-cost or free, and you may be able to buy additional coverage at low rates, your policy’s face value still may not be high enough. If your premature death would be a financial burden to your spouse and/or children, you probably need coverage worth five to eight times your annual salary. Some experts even recommend getting coverage worth 10 to 12 times your annual salary.  PKIG can help determine how much you need based on your goals.

Another shortcoming?  Salary doesn’t take into account bonuses, commissions, other sources of income, and the value of other benefits such as medical insurance and retirement contributions.

Your employer’s group life insurance might be sufficient if you’re single or if you have a spouse who isn’t dependent on your income to cover household expenses and you don’t have children. But if you’re in this situation, you might not need life insurance at all.

Problem 2: You’ll Lose Your Coverage If Your Job Situation Changes

As with health insurance, you don’t want gaps in your life insurance coverage because you never know when you might need it. Most workers who get coverage through work don’t know where their life insurance will come from if they change jobs, are laid off, their employer goes out of business or they switch from full-time to part-time status. You usually won’t be able to keep your policy in these scenarios. Lack of portability can be a problem if you aren’t going directly to another job with similar coverage and aren’t healthy enough to qualify for an individual policy. Some policies do allow you to convert your group policy to an individual one, but it will likely become much more expensive.  If you’re losing your coverage because you were laid off, the premiums might be unaffordable.

Problem 3: Coverage Gets Tricky If Your Health Declines

Another problem arises if you’re leaving your job because of a health problem.  If a medical condition forces you to leave your job, it’s unlikely that you would be able to qualify for life insurance at that time.  Needless to say, that’s the time your family would need the coverage most.

Even if your health problems aren’t significant enough to stop you from working, they might limit your employment options if you only have life insurance through work.

Problem 4: Your Plan Doesn’t Provide Enough Coverage for Your Spouse

While your employer’s benefits package probably provides health insurance for your spouse, it won’t always provide life insurance for him or her. If it does, the coverage may be minimal—$100,000 is a common amount, and that doesn’t go far when you lose your husband or wife unexpectedly.

Couples often assume the family will only suffer economic hardship if the primary breadwinner dies and many workers fail to adequately insure their spouses.  The death of a non-working or lower-earning spouse can certainly impact their partner’s income.  You probably aren’t going back to work on Monday if you lose your spouse over the weekend.  How much paid time off do you have to cover an extended leave?  Plus, you must now pick up the slack with day care or carpooling – hours can be cut back – there won’t be enough time to properly grieve and survivors are often depressed which lowers productivity.

Problem 5: Employer-Provided Life Insurance May Not Be Your Cheapest Option

Even if you can get all the life insurance you need for both you and your spouse through your employer, it’s a good idea to shop around to see if your employer’s supplemental insurance really offers the best value for the money.  You’re more likely to find a better rate elsewhere the younger and healthier you are. Also, unlike the guaranteed level-premium life insurance you can purchase individually, which costs you the same amount every year for as long as you have the policy, the policy provided by your employer tends to get more expensive as you age.

Employer provided coverage tends to increase in price after age 35 and typically increases every year or five years.  Once you reach age 50 the policy can often become much more expensive and usually unaffordable closer to retirement age.

The Solution

While there’s no reason not to take advantage of any free or inexpensive insurance your employer offers, it probably shouldn’t be your only source of life insurance, nor should most people rely heavily on the supplemental life insurance they can get through work. The solution to each of the problems described above is to purchase some or all of your life insurance directly through an individual term policy.  You might need to purchase as much as 80% of your life insurance on your own to have enough and to make sure you’re covered at all times and under all circumstances.

If you don’t think you qualify for individual life insurance, it’s important to actually find out.  Underwriting standards have changed considerably over the past ten years or so.  Also, if you work with an Independent Agency like PKIG your chances of approval will be dramatically higher.  Captive insurers such as State Farm or Allstate typically have much stricter underwriting standards which lead to higher premiums and more frequent declinations on average.  The most affordable solution is to buy the most insurance you can afford at the youngest age, since, as you age, the chance of acquiring an illness goes up, and with illness comes more expensive premiums, if you can qualify at all.

The Bottom Line

You need enough life insurance to cover all your debts and support your dependents. “Enough” includes paying off your credit cards, car loans and mortgage, paying for your children’s education, and making sure your spouse will have the financial means to take care of him or herself and your children. In a time of grief, the last thing you want is to leave your loved ones with another major life upheaval such as having to change jobs or schools because of financial strain, so take a close look at whether the life insurance you’re getting through work is the best way to provide for your loved ones.

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