As mandated by state law, whole life policies contain nonforfeiture values payable in cash or some other form of insurance in the event the policy lapses from nonpayment of required premiums or the policy owner decides to surrender the coverage
Life insurance provides financial protection for loved ones should the policyholder die. Once a policy is issued, an insurer may not cancel it based on a change in the policyholder’s health status. There are several types of life insurance, allowing consumers to find a policy type that works for their personal situation.
Term life insurance provides coverage over a specified period of time. Typically, term insurance policies are written for 1, 5, 10, or 20 years, or to a specified age (such as 65). Term policies only pay a death benefit to the beneficiary if the policyholder dies during the specified term and so is a good choice when the policyholder needs protection for a temporary time or a specific need. Term insurance has the advantage of being more affordable than permanent insurance, particularly in the early policy durations. There are a few different types of term life insurance policies:
- The most common, level term insurance, is characterized by level policy face amounts over the contract term period, usually 10, 20, or 30 years. The death benefit amount and policy amounts are usually guaranteed to remain level during this time, regardless of the insured’s health status. …