Generally, life insurance is contract between you and the insurance company that promises payment to a beneficiary of a specified sum of money should the purchaser of the insurance die. This is what enables a person to ensure that his or her family is protected financially should he or she die.
How does it function?
Basically the purchaser chooses a loved as the beneficiary and, in the event of the purchaser’s death, the beneficiary is paid a certain, predetermined compensation. Of course, there is more to it than that, but this gives a reasonable yet basic understanding as to how this sort of policy works.
For whom is it meant?
Life insurance is a form of protection that just about anyone can benefit from purchasing. However, it is important to note that certain health conditions can result in a person being denied coverage for obvious reasons. Often insurance remains an option for a person challenged with health issues but at a higher premium. Certain age groups will also probably benefit most from a life-based contract. A prime example would be that children are unlikely to need such coverage but their middle aged parent certainly would.
As a general rule, one should certainly contemplate this insurance if you have loved ones who might be left behind to struggle and fend for themselves should you pass away. A person who has no living family members or close friends would not be a likely candidate for life insurance. However, someone who is the breadwinner and provides for his or family definitely would be.
Like other kinds of insurance, there are several kinds of options from which to choose. Some plans offer a premium payment at the commencement of coverage while others give you the option to pay over time. Some plans offer coverage for such things as funeral and burial or cremation costs, while some do not. There is likely the ideal coverage suited to you no matter your situation. Talk to your agent for more information.
The primary benefit of life insurance is pretty straight forward. With a policy in place you are ensuring that your loved ones are financially protected in the event of your passing. The stress and sadness of a death in the family can be alleviated with a policy to help get through such a transition and to return to a sense of normalcy.