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A term life policy is an insurance product that guarantees a death benefit payout to a stated beneficiary during a specific period time, typically ranging between five to thirty years. So if you pass away during the set term, your loved ones can use this money for whatever they wish – including paying off the mortgage, replacing your income, and financing their education, When you purchase term insurance, your coverage amount and premiums are locked in for the entire length of the policy.
When the term expires, you have the option to either renew our policy for a higher cost or let your coverage expire. Some policies also let you covert the term life insurance to whole life insurance or universal life insurance, typically between one and five years before the term ends.
When you bind your term life policy, you choose the term length (also known as how long you want to be covered for), as well as your coverage amount (also known as how much out want your beneficiary to receive after you die). Only if you die within the term does your life insurance company pay out the death benefit.
If you have an unpaid mortgage you should definitely consider a term life insurance policy. You want to make sure you can leave your family with enough money to pay off the remainder of the owed mortgage. For example, a typical mortgage term is 25 years, so a term 25 life insurance policy would be a suitable form of coverage length and is a much better insurance option than a mortgage life insurance policy. A house is one of life's biggest investments, it's best to make sure that investment is protected so that your family can continue to benefit from living there after you're gone. Keep in mind, your spouse may not be able to make the mortgage payments without your income, so a life insurance policy will cover that for you - it makes it easier for you loved ones to move on.
How much term life insurance do I need?
One of the most important decisions you need to make when purchasing life insurance is the coverage amount on your policy. To determine the right number, there are three different factors you should consider – your family situation, your debts, and your income. Visit our blog on this topic to learn more about calculating your term coverage needs.learn more
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Some term life insurance providers allow you to purchase extended coverage – or riders – to protect you against special circumstances. Here are a few examples you can ask your broker about:
- Critical illness insurance – Pays out if you develop a life-threatening illness (e.g. cancer, stroke).
- Disability insurance – Provides a payout in case you're unable to work for a long period of time.
- Accidental death – Pays an additional benefit if your death is the result of an accident.
- Disability waiver of premium – Allows you to stop paying premiums if you become disabled.
- Children’s rider – Pays out in the event your child dies (added as an extension on your policy).
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What factors affect term life insurance premiums?
The older you are, the more expensive your term life insurance will be – that's why it's often a good idea to bind your term policy while you're young.
Statistically speaking, the life expectancy for females is longer than the expectancy for males, so your term life rates will reflect this.
Pre-existing conditions, family medical complications, and habits such as smoking excessive drinking lead to higher premiums.
Participating in high-risk activities on a regular basis, such as skydiving, can lead to higher term life insurance premiums.
If you work in a high-risk industry, such as roofing or logging, you may need to pay more for your term policy.
More coverage and longer terms result in higher term life premiums – you'll need to pay more for the additional peace of mind.
What is term life vs whole life insurance?
A convertible life insurance policy gives you the option to convert your term policy into a permanent policy. The primary benefit of having a convertible policy is that you won’t have to pass a medical exam to get permanent coverage. So if you’re diagnosed with a serious illness while you have an active convertible term life plan in place, you can still get permanent coverage that may not otherwise be available to you.
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Matt Hands, Business Director of Insurance
With 6+ years of experience at Ratehub.ca, Matt’s focus has been on growing its newest business unit, Insurance. He is a thought leader and a valuable resource to respected publications across Canada. read full bio