How can I find a non-english speaking life insurance agent?
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Asked October 14, 2013
Unfortunately, there are no regulations which require insurance companies to provide any specific language translations. English is the norm, and Spanish is available from many companies. If you need a language other than those two, you may have to do some research or even come up with a different method of breaking the language barrier.
Use our insurance agent directory as a tool for finding agents which support different languages. Many insurance company websites feature small flags on the main page to indicate language translations available on that site. For non-typical languages, your web browser may have built in translation tables that will allow your friend to effectively navigate the page in their native language. Keep in mind that some languages can be translated in multiple ways, and have your friend verify any transactions before you make them on your friend's behalf.
Call or email insurance companies that you are interested in doing business with to ask them whether they can provide assistance in the required language. It is not uncommon for insurance companies to hire a diverse set of employees, some which have expanded their personal language base. Another option is to find someone who can translate for you. This could be a friend who speaks both English and the other language, or a professional interpreter. The drawback here is that a professional interpreter would come at an additional cost.
As with any life insurance policy, be sure to research the company before you make a purchase. Since life insurance is a long term product, it is always a good idea to check the insurer's financial ratings with a company such as the A.M. Best Company to see how well they are expected to do, now and in the future.
Answered October 14, 2013 by Anonymous