You know that life insurance is an important thing to have, but which kind is right for you: cash value or term life insurance? What’s the difference and which kind do you need if you’re living in Maryland? Here’s a brief overview of the different kinds of life insurance that you can buy:
Term life insurance is only bought for a specific amount of time, or a ‘term.’ Term lengths are typically 10, 15 and 20 years long, during which time you pay the monthly premiums and are insured until the term expires. Once the term is over, you don’t pay any more. You’re no longer insured, though you can buy a new term policy, but the cost will be higher as you’ll be older and the rates to cover you won’t be as low as they were during the first term.
A cash value policy is good for a long as you continue to pay the premiums, or your heirs collect on it. The main difference between this and a term policy is that should you decide you don’t want the policy any longer, you can get some of your money back, thus the cash value. The policy acts as a savings account of sorts, where some of the money can be returned to you if you decide to cash out your policy. If you haven’t passed on at the end of your term you get nothing other than the fact of knowing that you had life insurance, should you have passed away.
Another difference is the cost between the two policies. A term life insurance policy is typically much cheaper than a cash value policy since you won’t get anything back at the end of your term, though you’ll be adequately covered if your heirs need to collect on it. Both kinds of insurance provide good coverage, but are suitable for different people. If saving money is important, then a term policy is best. If you think you’ll not be able to extend your term policy once it expires, due to health concerns, then having a cash value one is probably your best bet. To get more information and help with determining the right one for you, contact us, your independent agent in Laurel for more information.