The Process of Protecting Your Family with Life Insurance
Do you have a plan in place to protect your family’s financial future? Having life insurance is a great way to be able to continue to provide for your family should something happen to you. You may have the perception that the process of getting life insurance is too complicated or too expensive – but that is not the case. As with most things, today’s technology has streamlined the process to make it much easier, faster, and well worth your time.
It is important to have a plan in place to ensure your family’s financial security. Here is what you can expect when going through the steps of securing life insurance.
Determine Your Life Insurance NeedsBefore applying for life insurance coverage, it is important to think about how much coverage you need, how much you can afford, and the type of insurance that would work best for you. At CommunityAmerica, we have tools in place to help you with decisions. You can use our Life Insurance calculator to help determine how much coverage you need, or speak with one our Financial Advisors or Life Insurance Specialist, Joe Yates, to help guide you through the conversation.
Get a QuoteOnce you’ve determined how much and the type of coverage you need, it’s important to shop around with multiple insurance companies to compare coverage options and rates and ensure you are getting the best bang for your buck. While you can do this on your own, our Agents are here to help. We work with multiple national carriers and are here to help find the right fit for you.
Submit an ApplicationOnce you have found the life insurance carrier that is right for your situation, it’s time to apply. The application process can typically be completed online or by filling out a physical form. As we stated before, our Agents are here if you need assistance or have questions when filling out your application. Here is a list of things you can expect to be asked on your application:
- Basic contact information
- Social Security Number
- Driver’s License number
- Date of birth
- Marital status
- Financial information (e.g., salary, net worth)
- Health and medical information (e.g., height, weight, medical conditions, prescriptions, family history)
- Nicotine or Tobacco usage information
- Beneficiary(s) name
- Beneficiary(s) birthday
- Beneficiary(s) social security number
It’s important to be truthful about your entire medical history, lifestyle choices, and personal information. This will help your insurance company find the right plan for you and help your loved ones avoid complications later on. If it is found that you didn’t tell the truth on your application, or didn’t disclose all medical history, your insurance company can deny your application or deny your family a payout.
Interview with the Carrier and Possible Medical ExamYou will need to complete an interview with the insurance company. This interview will most likely be completed by phone and shouldn’t take more than thirty minutes of your time. The representative will need to discuss your medical background and your lifestyle choices, and the results of this interview may require a medical exam – depending on the carrier and your medical history.
The DecisionThe insurance company will compile all of the information from your application, interview, medical records, and possible medical exam and provide you with a proposal. This process can take anywhere from 48 hours to 6-8 weeks depending on medical background and the process of obtaining your medical records. You’ll have the option to approve, deny, or request changes to the proposal. If you choose to approve the decision, congratulations – you are all good to go! If you deny their offer, you may need to start the process again or complete another interview and underwriting process. If you’d like an objective opinion before making your decision or requesting changes to the offer, we are happy to review the proposal with you.
While there are several steps to securing life insurance, it’s well worth your time today to secure your family’s future tomorrow. We’re happy to help you along with way to simply answer your questions or guide you through the entire process. Schedule a meeting with Joe Yates today.