Term Life Insurance For Newbies Course Recap

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April 15, 2023
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Term Life Insurance For Newbies Course Part 10

Hey there, my fellow Term Life Insurance newbies! Can you believe it? We've made it to the final chapter in our series. Congratulations to all of you who have followed along from the very beginning!

In case you missed any of the previous chapters, don't worry, we've got you covered. Today, I'll be recapping the top highlights from all of our past nine chapters, so you'll be up to speed in no time.

But first, let's take a moment to celebrate ourselves for making it through this journey together. Whether you're getting term life insurance for the first time or just trying to brush up on your knowledge, we’re proud of you for taking this important step towards securing your future.

Now, let's get into the recap!


Chapter 1

In the first chapter, we talked about what term life insurance is and why you need it.

Term life insurance provides coverage for a specific period of time, usually between 10 to 30 years. That means that if you happen to pass away within that set time frame, your beneficiaries will receive a death benefit payout from the policy. If you live longer than the term of the policy, then the coverage expires and you will not receive any payout. 

Term life insurance is important because it provides financial protection for your loved ones, helps pay off debts, and is often more affordable than other types of life insurance.

Chapter 2

In the second chapter we discussed how term life insurance differs from other types of life insurance.

There are seven primary types of life insurance, each with its own set of advantages and drawbacks: Term Life, Whole Life, Universal Life, Variable Life, Simplified Issue Life, Guaranteed Issue Life, and Group Life.

No one type of life insurance is right for everyone.

If you're young and healthy and looking for affordable coverage for a specific period of time, term life insurance might be the way to go. On the other hand, if you're looking for lifelong coverage with an investment component, whole or universal life insurance might be a better fit. If you have health issues or are older, guaranteed issue or simplified issue life insurance may be your best option.

Chapter 3

In the third chapter we went over what to expect during the underwriting process and how to prepare for it. 

Underwriting is a crucial part of the life insurance process, where the insurance company evaluates your application to determine your eligibility, premiums, and coverage. They want to make sure that they're taking on an acceptable level of risk by insuring you. They'll take a close look at several factors, including your age, overall health, occupation, and hobbies to determine how much of a risk you are to insure.

In general, the healthier and lower risk you are, the lower your premiums will be. So, taking steps to improve your health and lifestyle before applying for life insurance can pay off in the long run.

Chapter 4

In the fourth chapter, we tackled the question of how much term life insurance you actually need, and how to calculate that.

One popular method is called the "income replacement method." You take your income and multiply it by 10 and there you have it.  So, for example, if you make $50,000 a year  then multiply that by 10 years, you would need $500,000 in coverage.

Another method is the "DIME method"! The formula is used to take a more detailed look at your finances and to calculate a more specific number. DIME stands for debt, income, mortgage, and education, the most considered factors when determining your life insurance needs. 

One more option that is WAY easier is using an online coverage calculator to help you determine your coverage needs. These calculators usually ask you several questions about your finances and family situation, and then give you a recommended coverage amount. 

Chapter 5

In the fifth chapter, we talked about picking a beneficiary for your policy and who can be one. 

Who can be a beneficiary? Generally, you can choose anyone you like. This typically includes your spouse, children, parents, or other relatives. You can also choose a trust or organization as your beneficiary. The important thing is to make sure the beneficiary is someone you trust and who you know will use the death benefit in the way you intended.

You may want to choose someone who is financially dependent on you , or someone who would be burdened by the costs of your funeral and final expenses, as your primary beneficiary.

Chapter 6

In the sixth chapter, we dove into the difference between lump sum and installment payouts. 

A lump sum payout is pretty straightforward - it's a one-time payment of the death benefit to your beneficiary. On the other hand, installment payments are paid out in regular intervals over a period of time, like monthly or annually.

Chapter 7

In the seventh chapter, we gave you 7 tips and tricks for shopping for term life insurance and finding the best policy for you.

These include determining your coverage needs, considering the length of the policy, comparing quotes from multiple companies, checking the financial stability of the insurance company, considering customer service and claims process, reviewing the policy details, and working with a licensed agent.

Chapter 8

In the eighth chapter, we discussed what happens after you buy term life insurance and how to manage your policy.

After you buy your policy, you'll receive a confirmation of coverage from your insurance company. This will outline the details of your policy, such as the coverage amount, length of the term, and your premium payments.

Tips to manage your policy include keeping your policy in a safe place, reviewing your policy regularly, paying your premiums on time, informing your beneficiary, updating your information, keeping in mind when your policy ends. 

Chapter 9

In the ninth chapter, we talked about what your loved ones should know about your life insurance policy.

Some things they should know include knowing that they're named in your policy, a plan for what they should do if you were to pass away, who to contact, how the death benefit will be distributed,  the terms and conditions of the policy, and the location of the policy for easy access. 

Lastly, it's important to make sure your loved ones know that your life insurance policy is there to help them financially in case of your unexpected death. It can provide a safety net for them during a difficult time.

We hope you've found this series informative, entertaining, and most importantly, useful. Remember, life insurance is all about protecting the ones you love, and with the knowledge you've gained in this series, you'll be able to do just that.

So, thank you for joining us on this journey, and congratulations again on completing the Term Life Insurance for Newbies series!

Term Life Insurance for Newbies Course