By: Will Hazelhurst
As you can probably guess from its name, term life insurance plans last for a limited period of time which is called the term of the policy. During the term of the policy the planholder pays premiums regularly and, in the event of the planholder’s death in the intervening period, the sum assured at the time of taking out the policy is paid out to the beneficiary. As the policy is arranged for a specific period of time it lapses once the time expires.
There are several reasons for opting for term life insurance plans when there are several other alternatives available. Term policies are normally chosen to cover a specific situation and for a particular reason. You would often take into account an unprecedented expense or particularly large payment to be made after some time for which you take out a term policy.
If you cannot arrange a policy for a sufficiently long time period for which premiums would be expensive then you may think about arranging a series of term plans each covering a relatively small timeframe where the premiums are affordable. Thus you can arrange term plans as you go to suit your pocket book.
You may for instance think about organize a term policy to cover a child’s education expenses that you will incur in ten years. Here you could take out a term plan for perhaps 8 to 10 years. The time period would be suitable for you because you have a specific expense in mind that you will need to take care of and this is a plan that has a pocket friendly premium.
Generally young people arrange term plans as because premiums are low when compared to other types of plan. Because you are young you might not be able to afford other policies but you nevertheless need to protect your loved ones and so do so with a a term policy. It is ideal in these circumstances because it is affordable at a time when your income is comparatively low but can nevertheless give you a high level of protection for your loved ones.
None of us wish to think that we will ever need life insurance and when you are young it does not usually feature highly on your list of priorities. Even So, when you consider the number of people who die each year at very young ages from either disease or accident can you really afford not to come up with the quite small monthly premium to ensure the wellbeing of those people who are closest to you?