Life insurance is something many people don't like to think about, but having the right policy can be what protects those who depend on you if the unthinkable should happen. By following the simple advice in this article, you can make sure the protection you get, will cover you in the ways you need, for a reasonable price. When designing your life insurance policy to pay out to a spouse, consider the tax implications of the titled spouse owning the policy. When the titled spouse dies, the policy payout then becomes part of their estate, and transferring those funds to the living spouse creates a tax burden. If the non-titled spouse owns the policy the funds are not considered to be part of the deceased's estate. Avoid the whole life policy and go with the term life policy instead. Whole life policies combine an investment with the standard term policy. The term life policy will pay out the amount of coverage that you have selected either in a lump sum or over the course of 20 to 30 years. If you do not understand the lingo that comes with a life insurance policy, hire a local life insurance agent. They can explain the terms of your policy so that you are not buying into a policy that is wrong for you. Usually, these agents do not charge a lot of money. You should understand why you need a life insurance policy. Don't just go out and buy a policy because someone told you it was a good idea. You should only purchase a life insurance policy if someone in your family, a spouse, or children, depends on your income source for support. When considering purchasing life insurance, you must first understand your needs. You understand your financial situation better than anyone else, so do not let anyone convince you to purchase a policy you are not comfortable with purchasing. If you add your debt, estimated funeral costs, and 6-12 months of income replacement, then you can get an estimate of your insurance needs. When going through with purchasing a policy, make sure that you do so from a financially strong and reliable company. It is of utmost importance that they have an "A" rating from a rental agency such as A.M. Best, Standard & Poor's, Duff & Phelps, etc. You need to be sure that whomever you hire can get the job done right and will not take you and your money for a ride. When looking into getting life insurance, there are two separate rate groups that are called standard and preferred. When you are comparing prices don't mix these up and compare a standard policy with a preferred one. They will cost very different and only about 1/3 of the population get a preferred rate! If you need a lot of coverage for a smaller premium, you will probably benefit most from a term life insurance plan. This plan will not build up equity, but will pay out a higher death benefit. They do have an ending date though, thus the title "term life insurance." Make sure you have other plans in place for when this coverage runs out. Make sure you have detailed health history information with you when you go for your life insurance medical examination. Often, you must provide details about prior surgeries, accidents, medication and dosage, existing conditions or other medical conditions. Having the information on hand makes the process quicker and simpler both for you and the examiner. Buy the coverage of insurance that you currently need. Don't be pushed into buying more insurance by the insurance rep with intimidating statements of doom and gloom. Typically, most insurance policies allow for changes and upgrades should you decide to increase your coverage. Instead, stay within your budget and be sure to advise the insurance representative of your cost limitations. To save money on your life insurance, make adjustments to your policy as your needs grow and change. Good times to reevaluate your policy are after getting married or divorced, after having a child or after gaining care-taking responsibilities for an elderly parent or relative. If you have saved enough for retirement and have no one else to take care of, you can forgo life insurance entirely. Don't decide on a policy without doing some comparisons. Rate comparisons are available with a quick phone call or even online. When getting a quote, do not give out your personal information. Only provide the general information needed to obtain a quote. Compare as many quotes as you can before choosing. Once you have purchased a life insurance policy, the next step is to tell the people that will benefit from the policy. Give them all the information related to the policy with instruction on what they need to do if something should happen to you. Tell them the type of insurance you have, where to find the insurance documents and the name and phone number of your insurance representative. If you are married, make sure you have a survivor feature to your life insurance policy, also known as second to die insurance. This means that your life insurance will still cover your surviving spouse if you die first. The insurance money will not be paid out to your family until the two of you die. Watch out for a life insurance broker who seems to know everything there is to know about insurance, especially when it comes to your personal policy. Insurance is a very complicated business, and you should be very wary of anyone that seems to be overconfident. Most brokers will have to look something up and get back to you. By following these simple tips, you will be able to choose the right life insurance for you. You, more than likely, need one that provides you with enough coverage, at a price you can afford. With the right policy, you will be able to rest easy, knowing that your spouse and children will be protected if the worst case scenario becomes reality.