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Buying Life Insurance for the First Time? Then Read These 8 Tips

Do you need life insurance but don’t know where to start? Read below for 8 tips on buying life insurance.  Our life agent, Tracy Lyn Claggett, is here to walk you through the process and explain how you can qualify for a discount on your Erie home and auto policies by obtaining a life insurance policy with them.

Maybe you just got married. Or had your first child. Or started a business.

Whatever the life event is, you are now buying life insurance for the first time. And that might intimidate and confuse you a little.

Help ease your mind by reading the following advice for anyone who is buying life insurance for the first time.

Understand who (or what) you’re protecting

Major life changes like getting married, starting a family or buying a house are often when people think about buying life insurance for the first time.

While anyone experiencing a significant life event like getting married or starting a family often recognizes the need for life insurance, others may not realize they could benefit from it as well. For instance, did you know that stay-at-home parents and student loan cosigners could have a definite need for life insurance? An insurance agent can help you figure out who and what you need to protect.

Only buy the life insurance plan you can afford

Many people are surprised at how much life insurance they really need to protect the people and things they love most. Yet it’s a mistake to forgo any coverage at all if you can’t afford the plan you want. Something is definitely better than nothing, and you don’t need to purchase the best plan to take care of your family. (Need more good news? Life insurance is probably more affordable than you think.)

Think through your beneficiaries

A life insurance beneficiary is the person or entity you name in your life policy to receive funds in the event of your passing. Your beneficiary can be a person, business, trust, charity or even your church. And, you can have more than one. It’s important to make sure you think through who your beneficiaries are and if any proceeds meant to benefit a minor should be held in trust.

Consider how much life insurance you need

An insurance professional like an Erie Insurance agent can help you talk through what makes sense for your life and budget.

Buy from a financially sound company

You want the backing of a financially strong insurer if you or someone you love needs to call on the life insurance policy. A.M. Best, the largest and longest-established company devoted to issuing in-depth reports and financial strength ratings about insurance organizations, gave Erie Family Life Insurance Company a rating of A (Excellent).

Take into account current and future needs

Don’t just consider your current lifestyle, keep in mind your future needs and what those could include (a spouse, children or business). By taking in these considerations today, you’re investing in the security of your future. Life insurance is less expensive than most people think—and that’s especially true when you’re younger.

 

by Erie Insurance