Burial insurance, sometimes also called a final expense policy, can be an affordable way to spread the expense of a loved one’s death over a number of years. Morbid idea? Not when you think it through. All of us reach the point of final expenses sometime.
Final expenses can be anything from a simple burial to hospital bills, attorney’s costs to administer a will, or gifts left to children or grandchildren. Depending on your personal desires, a burial or final expense policy might be as small as $5000-$10,000 or as large as $50,000-$100,000.
Most folks don’t really put a lot of thought into this kind of life insurance until they start to see “final” kind of off in the distance. Generally at that point most of us don’t want to be bothered with exams and people poking around our medical history so we opt for a guaranteed issue life insurance. We just want to sign up without any hassle. There are some good and some not so good products out there for those who want to take the easy route.
If you are in good health and just don’t want to take an exam, ask your independent life insurance agent about simplified issue life insurance. There will be a few health questions, but it is generally very easy to qualify for, comes in both term insurance and whole life, and is usually less expensive than guaranteed issue.
If you have some fairly serious health problems, guaranteed issue life insurance is a good option. Again, employ an independent life insurance agent to do the shopping for you. They will be able to get through the fine print and find a good match for you.
Are these types of policies a good idea? You know, they really are unless you have $10,000 in a box marked final expenses.
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