LIFE INSURANCE 101
Don’t leave the future of your loved ones undetermined.
AZ Insurance Team can help you find the right life insurance coverage for you, and help ensure that your policy meets your family's financial needs.
Life changes – so should your policy
For each of our neighbors in Arizona, the right life insurance will be unique for you and dependent on your personal and financial needs. As your life changes, your life insurance coverage may need to change. Some life transformations, that may require a policy “tune-up” and our help at AZ Insurance Team, include:
You recently married or divorced
You have a new child or grandchild
You have opened or expanded a business
Your health or your spouse’s health has deteriorated
You are providing care or financial assistance to a parent
Your child or grandchild requires assistance or long-term care
You recently purchased a new home
You are planning for a child or grandchild’s education
You are concerned about retirement income
You have refinanced your home mortgage in the past six months
You or your spouse recently received an inheritance
You have a sizable estate
You have a special needs family member who relies on you for care or financial assistance
Term Life Insurance
Term life insurance provides protection for a specified period of time. If you do not currently have life insurance, term can be a good place to start. It’s generally less expensive than permanent (whole or universal) life insurance, and is available in varying time periods with fixed premiums from a one year (annual renewable term) to 20-year (level term) period. Furthermore, term life insurance is sometimes convertible to permanent coverage, providing you with flexibility as your needs change.
Whole Life Insurance
Whole life insurance is a form of permanent life insurance that remains in force for your entire lifetime, provided premiums are paid as specified in the policy. Whole life insurance can be an investment opportunity, as many whole life insurance policies also build cash value over time.
Universal Life Insurance
Universal life is a form of permanent life insurance characterized by its flexible premiums, face amounts and unbundled pricing structure. Universal life can build cash value, which earns an interest rate that may adjust periodically, but is usually guaranteed not to fall below a certain percentage.
What are the advantages of life insurance?
Having the right life insurance is essential to planning for your present, and your future. Not only can life insurance provide assurance for your family after you are gone, many life insurance options offer other benefits and investment opportunities you can take advantage of while you are living.
Advantages of the life insurance death benefit: When you pass away, your life insurance provides income tax-free money to your named beneficiary or beneficiaries that can be used to pay funeral expenses, debt, tuition, estate taxes or virtually any financial need. Your policy can help provide security for your business security as well, by enabling partners to buy out the interests of a deceased partner and prevent a forced liquidation.
Advantages of Living Benefits: The cash value growth of a permanent (whole) life insurance policy is tax-deferred, meaning you do not pay taxes on the growth of cash value, unless money is withdrawn. Loans or withdrawals can be taken against the cash value of a permanent life insurance policy to help with expenses, such as college tuition or the down payment on a home.