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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.

Do you know how to get your annual Social Security Statement?

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Many clients have asked me this question:  “In the past I received my Social Security statement by mail near my birthday. I have not received one recently, what happened?”

The U.S. Social Security Administration no longer mails the statements.  You can still get your statement annually by creating an online account on “My Social Security.” Visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount and click where it says “Create an Account.”

To set up an account you need to be 18 years old and have a valid email address, social security number and U.S. mailing address.  When you set it up you will be asked for some personal information to verify your identity.

After you set up your account you will be able to get your Social Security Statement and can print or save the statement.  This statement is very valuable when planning your financial and life insurance needs.  It also tells you your options for your benefits at retirement, disability benefits, and your family survivor benefit.

If you have any questions call our office at 215-885-2200.  This statement is a valuable tool when reviewing your estate and retirement plans.  Let us know by commenting if you were successful in setting up your account.

 

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.

Rachel’s Story

A while ago Rachel told me her story.  I asked if she would please write down her story so I could share it.  Take a minute to read her story. . .

Rachel’s Story

I was 28 years old and got married in September of 1999.  While on our honeymoon in St. Thomas my wisdom teeth became abscessed and 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 and then in October I woke up and my neck felt stiff, so 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 got better 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 and 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 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 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, other than death, the adoption of my daughter.  The adoption required that I have life insurance to be a Mother.  I too 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

Thank you Rachel for sharing this very personal story.

Please don’t procrastinate, buy life insurance today.  At a young and healthy age life insurance in very inexpensive, however it will mean a great deal to your family if you die.  Imagine how tough it would be for your family to make ends meet if they lost your income.  To get a no obligation quote call our office at 215-885-2200 or Click here and I will call you for a life insurance review and also send our free report “How to Protect Yourself and your family if you die.”  Don’t delay, take care if this today!

P. S.  Please feel free to share your story with us.  Add your comments below.

 

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