Term life insurance, also known as pure life insurance, provides coverage during a specified length of time and guarantees the payment of a death benefit during that period. The shortest term policy available is for one year, and you can typically buy policies with terms that last up to 30 years, or until you reach a specified age.
Accelerated death benefits are life insurance policy riders or provisions that can be added to your insurance and allows you to access death benefits while you’re still alive. The accelerated death benefit is common and can often be included in your policy at no additional cost.
Universal life policies are a great coverage option that also allows you to plan for retirement if utilized properly. Although the various forms can be confusing, we’ve broken down everything you need to know about this type of policy in our comprehensive guide.
A modified endowment contract (MEC) is an overfunded cash value life insurance policy that has more restrictive tax rules than standard life insurance. The MEC came into being in the late 1980s, when the IRS moved to close a tax loophole involving permanent life policies.
How much does assisted living cost, and what are your options for covering these expenses? According to a government census, 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day until 2030 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services notes 70% of these individuals will require some type of long-term care services. Pensions have become less common and many people don’t have adequate retirement savings to cover these costs out of pocket—so what options do you have?
Providing care for an aging parents can be hard. Getting older comes with emotional, physical, and sometimes, financial stress. As each generation gets older and we are faced with the issue of caregiving, we start thinking about how we can help our parents live happy and fulfilled lives.
Medicaid spend down is a financial strategy used to qualify for Medicaid nursing home coverage. In short, “spending down” involves reducing one’s income or assets to the point of eligibility. Medicaid law allows you to do so under some complex guidelines. You would typically pursue a spend down on behalf of a family member who needs pricey, long-term care.
Try calling up your auto insurance provider and asking for a loan. You’ll likely get a big chuckle in response. That’s because your car — and home and health — insurers are only in the business of paying on claims. Cash value life insurance, on the other hand, allows you as policyholder to benefit from your premium payments even without an insurance claim.
Are you considering selling your life insurance policy, but not quite sure how a viatical settlement differs from a life settlement? The two are often mistakenly used interchangeably, but there are several key differences you should be aware of when trying to determine your eligibility, and what option is best suited for your unique needs.