Life Insurance in Evansville & Newburgh, IN
Schultheis Insurance has the knowledge and experience to advise you about life insurance and the variety of plans that fit into your individual or family financial plan. And your coverage will be backed by the financial stability of the finest insurance providers.
In addition, we recognize the special needs of our clients who are planning for retirement, and we offer a broad spectrum of insurance and financial products specifically for the senior market.
Find out more about each of these insurance and financial categories; then contact your Schultheis Insurance Agent to establish the security you need to protect yourself and your family.
Do I Need Life Insurance?
Most people should have life insurance that will help meet their financial obligations in the event of death. Consider these questions to help you determine your need for life insurance.
- Do You Have A Spouse Who Depends In Whole Or Partly On The Income You Earn? Even though both of you are employed, most likely it takes the income both of you earn to maintain your home and your lifestyle.
- Do You Have Children? If something happened to you, would your spouse still be able to provide for your children’s home and education? This question is even more important to consider if you’re a single parent as your children are even more dependent on you for their welfare.
- Are You Retired? Even though you are retired, you still have financial responsibilities and need to maintain a home for yourself and your spouse. Social Security or an individual’s retirement income may not be sufficient to support your surviving spouse for his or her remaining life span.
- Are You A Business Owner Or Partner? The death of a business owner or partner can be devastating to the business. The arrangements you make for the survival of your business should include consideration of the costs for your family to maintain the business until a decision is made about selling the business or merging with another. If you are an owner partner, life insurance proceeds will allow the surviving partners to buy out your share of the business and make arrangements for continued operation of the business.
- Do You Have Other Financial Obligations? You may not have a spouse or dependent children, but if you are making payments on property you own, credit cards, or loans, you should consider life insurance that will pay off your financial obligations in the event of your death. You should also consider the potential cost of final medical expenses and funeral arrangements so your family is not left with these financial obligations.
Whatever financial needs you have identified, your Schultheis Insurance Agent can help you obtain the coverage you need to protect your family and others who depend on you. Call today to set up an appointment.
How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?
Calculating the right amount of life insurance involves estimating the amount needed to meet your final expenses and funeral costs as well as the amount of income your surviving spouse and children will need to support them for the years to come. You should estimate the value of your current and potential future contributions to the family and deduct any existing financial assets and insurance policies. This can be a complicated process, and your Schultheis Insurance Agent can advise you as you make this important decision.
What Are The Different Types Of Life Insurance And Which One Do I Need?
There are basically two types of life insurance – term life insurance and whole life insurance – with some variations within each type.
With term life insurance, you pay a fixed premium for a specific amount of life insurance for a specific period of time (the term), which could be 5, 10, 20, or 30 years. If you maintain your premiums, your beneficiaries will receive the face value of the policy should you die within the term of the policy. At the end of the term, the insurance policy is no longer in effect. However, many term policies can be renewed for an extended term. The disadvantage is that the premium amount will probably increase because you’ll be older then and, therefore, a higher risk.
Because the premiums for term life insurance are typically lower, this is a good type of insurance for younger people and those with limited income. It’s also a good investment to cover costs for children’s education and other expenses in the event of the death of a parent.
Term life insurance does not accumulate cash value, however, and many people feel they’re losing their money if they don’t have to claim the coverage because of death.
Another type of term life insurance, return of premium life insurance, directly addresses this problem. With this type of policy, the full amount of your total premiums is paid to you at the end of the policy term if you still survive. If you don’t maintain the policy to the end of the term, you may receive either no refund of premiums or a pro-rated amount of the total premiums.
The second type of life insurance, whole life insurance, is valid until the end of your life. If you continue to pay the premiums, your beneficiaries will receive the face value of the policy upon your death. Initially, premiums may be somewhat higher than a comparable amount of term life insurance because the policy is written on a definite event, your eventual death. However, the premium amount will not change as you age, and there is no need to renew and thus have an increase in premium.
Another characteristic of whole life insurance is that your policy will build cash value and earn interest which is added to the cash value. The cash value in the policy is tax-deferred and will be paid out to your beneficiaries upon your death, and it will not be subject to tax at that time. If you choose to discontinue the insurance coverage, only the cash value that exceeds the amount of your accumulated premium payments will be taxable. Another contributor to the cash value of a whole life insurance policy is dividends earned. Mutual insurance companies are owned by the policyholders, and if the business earns a profit, a percentage will be paid into your insurance cash value as dividends. This additional income will probably be tax-deferred and not subject to tax when paid out to your beneficiaries at your death.
Universal life insurance is another type of permanent life insurance. Like whole life insurance, universal life insurance will pay upon your death if you continue to pay the premiums. However, the premium amount for universal life insurance is based on speculation as to the interest rate and cash value, so your premium amount may increase over the life of the policy, or the policy coverage or cash value may change or be entirely discontinued.
Another variation of whole life insurance is survivorship or second-to-die life insurance which is written to cover two people and pays out at the death of the last surviving insured. This type of insurance is often used in estate planning to provide cash value to cover estate taxes which leaves the value of the estate intact for the heirs.
Your decision about the type of insurance policy you need is based on your individual circumstances. The primary difference to consider is that whole life and universal life policies are meant to be maintained for a long period of time whereas term life insurance provides coverage for a set amount of time.
Your Schultheis Insurance Agent can help you decide which type of policy is right for you and will work with a variety of insurance providers to identify the best policy coverage for you at the lowest premium rate.