An Outside Term policy can be better than your Life Insurance Policy through your job if you have good health and a vision of how you want to leave your life insurance. For example, you’re a 45 years old who just picked up Life Insurance through your job, your term life insurance is going to be increasing every five years for the rest of your life in most cases. Whereas if you have your personal policy, that policy will be fixed for 10 years, 15 years; 20 years or 30 years. You won’t have to worry about the price fluctuation; you have one set price for the rest of the term of that policy. So, in that case, it makes it easier to plan when you have your Individual Policy, plus you can get a plan priced on your health instead of the overall group. This works if you’re healthy, it does not work if you’re unhealthy. So, you just have to consult your Financial Adviser or Life Insurance Agent to see which works best for you. But, Typically an Outside Policy works better for you because you can manage the cost easier.
While working at a bank in the summer of 2006 I got to see first hand what a person with newly inherited money without proper education can do with money. My first week on the job there was a woman for the purpose of this writing we can call her “Mrs. Pam” she came into the branch made a deposit and I saw she had well over $200,000 in her checking account. I had no clue how this woman got this money I just knew something seemed off. She didn’t carry herself like someone that earned the type of income that could amass this much money in a checking account. As the weeks went on I saw Mrs. Pam come into the branch almost every other day making some type of withdrawal or ordering some type of Official Check. Her money dwindled by the day.
One day Mrs. Pam came in with her children and they sat and ordered 5 separate official checks for huge sums. They were planning a family reunion that was going to be funded totally by Mrs. Pam. This reunion ended up costing Mrs. Pam well over $60,000. Her funds were pretty much gone. I remember coming into the branch one day and saw her account at $17,000 I almost panicked. I then went deeper into her account and saw that before I started at the branch Mrs. Pam’s average monthly Non-Sufficient Funds was at 3 per month. She was heading right back to ground zero. I then asked a coworker what happened and the person said Mrs. Pam’s mother left her the money. This came as no surprise to me as it all made perfect sense now.
Needless to say in the next two months Mrs. Pam was right back at her negative balance habits and it got so bad she had to close the account because she didn’t have enough to cover her last NSF fee buildup. I could see the lack of control Mrs. Pam had the lack of awareness on what to properly do with the money. At the time I didn’t have the education but now I see her mistakes and empathize with her for doing what she thought was best.
Education and holding each other accountable with that education is key. Had Mrs. Pam’s Mother told her “Pam I want to make sure you get this, I want you to study financial literacy and come up with a plan for what you will do with your inheritance” This story would have been totally different. The only thing missing from Mrs. Pam story is a conversation and an education. An inheritance without a solid conversation is a setup for disaster.
When you start a new job, Life Insurance through your job is fairly easy to sign up for. You can get it as long as your employer offers it, but you have a particular window to sign up. You can’t wait two months to sign up for Life Insurance through your job; there is usually a 30-day window. The reason for this is Life Insurance through your job does not require medical exams or health screening, so they only give you that window. This is to ensure that people do not wait until they are diagnosed with some illness to sign up. Insurance companies have to prevent this by giving a window to sign up, and once that window is closed, you do not have another option to do the coverage unless you do a medical exam. So basically the only way to opt into Life Insurance through your job is when you begin a job.
Life Insurance through your job can be very beneficial for you if you don’t have the best of health. Reasons for this is because in many cases if you have for example terminal cancer, suffered a heart attack, had cancer last year, COPD and diabetes with insulin if you go to get any coverage, it is going to be very expensive for you. You will only be able to get limited amounts based on what that insurance company gives you coverage for. So, if you start a job that has Group Term, you have a window to sign up for that term, and during that window, you don’t have to answer any medical questions, and you will be able to get that coverage right away. Life Insurance through your job benefits persons who have bad health. I had a client who was recently diagnosed with cancer, she got a new job, and she was able to get coverage without any problems. She, however, was not able to get much coverage through me, because of her recent diagnosis and most insurance companies would want her to be a couple of years removed from cancer to get a degree of coverage. In this situation, it benefited the client to go with her Insurance through her job because it allows for her to get more coverage than she would have gotten with an individual policy. She is aware though that this Insurance through her job will not last her entire life; however, it is considered to be golden for her family because she got more coverage than she would have received with any other insurance policy option.
Life insurance through your job as long as your beneficiaries are set up properly will pay out immediately. Once your family sends the insurance company the death certificate they will send the money; there is no waiting period. There are some policies where you have to be alive for one year, two years or three years and in some case, four years before the policy will pay out in its totality. With a Life Insurance coverage through your job there is no waiting period in most cases, there maybe one or two out there but I am not aware of any. Life Insurance policy through your job is designed to pay out the full death benefit once the person that the policy is designated for passes away. Hence you don’t have to worry about that waiting period as it pays out right away in the full amount.