Like it or not, funerals cost money, often between $5,000 to $10,000 each. That's
where Final Expense Insurance comes in.
The purpose of Final Expense Insurance is to cover funeral and burial expenses, and
perhaps provide additional cash for the beneficiary.
Most policies are designed for those wanting minimum coverage , typically under $50,000.
Most are guaranteed or simplified issued and can be either term or whole life based.
No medical exam is required. And little or no underwriting is performed. Of course,
your premium depends mostly on your age. And because these products are usually guaranteed
issue, the cost will be two to four times more than a fully underwritten term life
Final Expense life insurance involves two major elements: permanent or term based,
and guaranteed or simplified issue based. Before you apply, you need to decide which
types of plans are best for you.
Most permanent plans are whole life based insurance products. This means the policy
is good as long as you pay your premium. The premium and death benefit are guaranteed
to remain the same, and there is a guaranteed cash value. If you want coverage until
you pass on, no matter when it happens, this is the plan for you.
Now, term plans are based on how long you want the policy to stay in force. Usually,
you can choose between 10, 15, or 20 year contracts.
The premium and death benefit are guaranteed to remain the same for the entire contract
period, and term plans are less expensive than permanent based plans.
Those likely to benefit from this product are individuals who have a serious chronic
medical condition, such as Type I diabetes, a chronic heart condition, recent history
of non-skin related cancer, or organ damage, and generally, people who are over sixty-five
years of age.
Final expense insurance usually has a two- to three-year waiting period , for example,
if the insured dies six months after policy issuance, only the premium will be reimbursed
to the beneficiary. And remember, no matter how ill you are, you can qualify for
these products. That’s what makes these plans attractive, and causes the lower premium
difference from an underwritten product.