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September is Life Insurance Awareness month!

We live for life’s wondrous moments whether it’s a baby’s first step, graduation, or retirement.  Life Insurance helps to ensure the life you’ve built for your loved ones won’t come to a halt if something were to happen to you.  It’s never too early or too late to consider all the things life insurance can do for your family.

Spencer Insurance Agency has many resources to help educate you on solutions to your life insurance needs.  Our agency wants to make sure you coordinate your life insurance planning with a financial planner, estate attorney, and us.

Part of our review of your life insurance needs is to make sure you have a will and that the will has been updated recently.  We want to make sure the people you want to receive your life insurance proceeds when you die actually get them.  I wrote a report on this subject called “What you need to know about Life Insurance. . . How to make sure the People You Intended to get your Life Insurance Benefits Actually Get the Benefits.

Many people ask “How Much Life Insurance do I need?  I will help have a discussion with you that includes four factors that will give you an answer to that question.

Another frequent question I hear is “Should I purchase supplemental Life Insurance offered by my employer?  There are pros and cons to purchasing your life insurance in a group plan.  Check out this article for the pros and cons.

Lastly, DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!  A friend of mine, Rachel, told me her story.  Read Rachel Story to see how waiting for the right time to buy life insurance can be devastating.  If you wait too long you may not be able to buy life insurance.

Call us today for a review of your life insurance needs.  Even if you have some life insurance call us at 215-885-2200 to make sure it is still performing the way it was set up to perform.

What is keeping you from getting Life Insurance?

Facts from LIMRA:

  • Three in ten American households are uninsured and half say they need more insurance.
  • More than half of Gen X and Y households need more life insurance.
  • One-third of wives own no life insurance at all – despite the fact that 7 in 10 households are dual-income households and nearly 30 percent of wives earn more than their husbands.

 

Why should I review my life insurance policies?

  • You quit smoking.
  • You heath has improved.
  • You recently married, had a child, bought a house, divorced, downsized or are considering retirement.
  • You have a partner or a key employee in your business.
  • You have coverage through your employer

 

Are you relying on the life insurance that your employer provides?

Note: Open enrollment for most employers is happening soon.  Contact us now as it can take 6 to 8 weeks for your life insurance to be approved.  Compare and apply now before you need to commit to your employer’s plan for another year!

  • If you are having premiums deducted from your paycheck for life insurance provided by an employer give us a call to review the cost of that policy
    • You will find the rates change, usually every 5 years, and can become very expensive as you age.
    • Many times we can provide you the same coverage for less than you are spending now or provide more coverage for the same amount you are spending now.
    • Major problems with employer coverage
      • Price increases as you age
      • Not portable, meaning if you change jobs you may lose your life insurance.  What happens if your health has changed and  can’t get life insurance or purchasing life insurance on your own is now very expensive?

 

Solution: Call us for a review of your life insurance needs. Today’s economy has demonstrated how precarious a family’s finances can be.  Think how tough it will be for your family if they lose your income!  Don’t procrastinate; we all think we are invincible.  Go to our website and read Rachel’s story.  Her story which she was so kind to share with me will demonstrate why you can’t wait.  Check out our website for more information about Life Insurance.

Don’t Bet your Life!

Do you see life insurance as a bet?  “I am betting I will live and the Insurance Company is betting I will die.”  I hear this phrase too often!

Here is one of my secrets. . . We are all going to die!  The question is WHEN. I urge you to get a life insurance review now.  Don’t wait until it is too late and your surviving family members are not only grieving the loss of a parent but are also in a financial mess!

September is Life Insurance Awareness Month.  A couple years ago I asked Rachel to share her story.  It is a powerful story.  Listen to her words. . .

Rachel’s Story

 My name is Rachel and I would really love to share my story with you in hopes that you will see the importance of Life Insurance, even at a time when you still think you are invincible.

I was 28 years old and got married in September of 1999.  While on our honeymoon in St. Thomas my wisdom teeth became abscessed. I had just switched jobs so I was in between health insurance. You know I was 28, who cares about the 3 month waiting period.  I didn’t need COBRA.  So I bought some time with over the counter aids. In October I woke up and my neck felt stiff.  I rubbed it and found a lump on the right side just below the ear.  I went to my family doctor who said that it was a swollen lymph node to fight the inflamed wisdom teeth, but he sent me for a CAT scan just to be safe.

The CAT scan came back negative and as soon as January hit I had my teeth pulled and my doctor said it would take about 30 days for the lymph node to go back to normal.  After 30 days it was still swollen.  My doctor sent me to an Ears, Nose
and Throat specialist who treated me for two months on antibiotics and when it had still not gone away and another lump showed up on the left side, he decided it was time to remove the “dead lymph node.”

So into surgery I went.  The next day the doctor called and told me I had Stage 3 cancer.  Long and short, I survived, but in the mean time my husband and I had bought a house and then after I recovered decided to start a family.  After 3 years we decided to adopt and that is when I found out, at the age of 33, that I was going to have difficulty getting life insurance because of my past medical condition.

I filled out the paper work and told the truth when the questions about cancer came up. Thank God the paper work I presented when we applied was all that was needed to proceed with the adoption because my daughter was born the next month.  About a month after she was born I was denied life insurance after the company had received my medical history from my primary doctor.  Thankfully for us, all the papers were filed with the courts so it did not affect our adoption
of my daughter, Faith.

I tell you this story as detailed as I felt necessary because you can see that the time in between getting married and the time of my diagnoses, I could have applied and  gotten life insurance.  Then I would have had the life insurance I needed for an actual event in my life, the adoption of my daughter.  The adoption required that I have life insurance to be a Mother.  At age 28 I was young and invincible, but now I am a 38 year old cancer survivor, waiting out the time limit of 10 years so I
can get life insurance at an affordable rate, and at the amount that would actually benefit my family.  And not be turned down because I was High Risk.

So please, don’t view Life Insurance as morbid conversation at a young age.  Realize that you have no idea what life has in store for you.  Hopefully you will survive all that is thrown at you and come out with such a great reward as I did,
my Life and my Daughter (my Angel).  But for whatever the outcome may be:  BE PREPARED!!!!!!

 Thank you for listening to my story, God Bless you in your new life, and may you have nothing but happiness and health, and a piece of paper in your filing cabinet to take care of all you acquire and create!

Rachel

Take time now to review your life insurance needs.  Give us a call today at 215-885-2200 or visit our website for more information.  Prepare now so yur family will be protected when you die.  Please share with us any of your stories.  Put your story in the comment section so others may benefit from your experiences.

 

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