After We Get Married, Should We Buy Term Policies Or Permanent Policies?

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Asked December 15, 2011

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Whether to buy permanent or term life insurance depends on what your purpose for the policy is. If you are trying to guarantee a mortgage or car payment, a term life policy might be the best solution, but if you are setting up a policy to provide for the survivor if one you should die, a whole or permanent life policy is going to be the one you need.

Term life policies are less expensive than permanent life, but if you survive through the term of the policy you will lose all of the money you have paid in. And while a term life policy can be converted to a whole life policy, it will cost you more and the resulting whole life premiums will be higher than if you had simply purchased a whole life policy to begin with.

Perhaps the best solution is to pick up a ÃÆ'ƒÆ’ÃÆ'‚¢ÃÆ'ƒÂ¢ÃÆ'¢â‚¬Å¡ÃÆ'‚¬ÃÆ'ƒâ€¦ÃÆ'¢â‚¬Å“last survivorÃÆ'ƒÆ’ÃÆ'‚¢ÃÆ'ƒÂ¢ÃÆ'¢â‚¬Å¡ÃÆ'‚¬ÃÆ'ƒâ€šÃÆ'‚ whole life policy that will only pay out after both of you have passed away, which is good to provide for your children but will not help you or your spouse if the other one dies. However, you can then take out smaller, shorter term life policies that will handle life insurance benefits in the short term, providing for you or your spouse if the other one should pass away. This method allows you leave a life insurance policy that pays out to your children or other beneficiaries without paying to you or your spouse if the other dies, supplemented with term life policies for the survivor between the two of you if the other dies. It may sound complicated, but most insurance companies are familiar with situations such as yours and will know exactly what you are thinking of buying when you consult them.

Most families discover that having a combination of policies is more affordable and makes better economic sense. The permanent policy is there for the long term, and term policies are useful for things like paying off the mortgage, making sure there is tuition available for your children to go to college and other obligations that have definite time limits involved.

Answered December 15, 2011 by Anonymous

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