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Top 10 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Life Insurance Policy

With so many options and details to consider when buying an insurance policy, knowing the right questions to ask can make all the difference. Let’s dive into the top 10 questions you should ask when getting a life insurance policy. 

1. Understanding Needs 

Before we get into the specifics, thinking about your unique situation is essential. Your current finances, life goals, the intent behind the insurance policy, age, health and lifestyle, everything matters. Knowing your goals will guide your decisions and help you choose a policy that fits your needs perfectly. 

Now, let's dive into the questions!

2. Questions to ask! 

  • What Type of Life Insurance Policy Fits Me the Best? 

Term life insurance covers a specific period, like 10-30 years, and tends to be more affordable. A great option to cover temporary needs. Whole life insurance, however, is a lifelong coverage that accumulates cash value over time, which can be an investment in your future. 

  • How Much Coverage Do I Need? 

Consider financial obligations and future goals to determine your coverage needs like mortgages, outstanding debts, current health, planning children and education costs, and income replacement needs. Ensure you’re not under-insuring or over-insuring yourself, striking the perfect balance for your financial security. 

  • How do I determine the coverage is ‘enough’? 

Ensure your life insurance adequately covers any financial setbacks your loved ones may face upon your unfortunate and untimely demise. 

To determine the right amount of coverage, follow these steps:

  1. Total your present and anticipated financial responsibilities, including debts, household expenses, educational costs for children, and childcare expenses. 
  2. Deduct your liquid assets, such as savings and retirement funds.

This calculation yields the necessary coverage amount to safeguard your family's financial stability. 

  • How much are the premiums? 

The ‘cost’ of life insurance, known as the premium, varies based on the type of policy, coverage amount, and health status. Get quotes from multiple insurance companies to compare costs and coverage options. 

  • What is Included in the Policy? 

Understand the terms and conditions and what is covered. This will prevent any unpleasant surprises down the road. Use Riders/Add-ons for extra benefits like critical or terminal illness rider, waiver of premium, or accidental death coverage. 

  • How Long Does the Coverage Last? 

Choose a term life insurance for short-term financial obligations, like a 20-year term if you have a 20-year mortgage. Whole-life policies cover you your entire life. It’s a long-term commitment, so think about the financial commitment involved. 

  • What Happens if I Miss a Payment? 

Life happens, and sometimes you might miss a payment. Most policies include a grace period—usually 15-30 days—to catch up. Failure to pay the premium even after the grace period causes a Lapsed insurance policy. You can contact your insurance provider regarding reinstating the lapsed insurance policy. 

  • What is the Claim Process Like? 

When the time comes to file a claim, the process should be straightforward. Understand the steps involved, the required documentation, and the expected timeline for claim approval. 

  • How Reliable is the Insurance Company? 

Choose a financially stable insurance company. Research customer reviews and Claim Settlement Ratio (CSR) to gauge the insurer’s credibility. Reliable insurers will have a CSR score above 90%. 

  • Are There Any Exclusions or Limitations?

All policies have exclusions—specific conditions or circumstances where the insurer will not pay out. Typical exclusions include Natural disasters, acts of war, and certain high-risk activities. 

What can Affect my insurance premiums? 

Multiple factors can influence insurance premiums- Location, Age, health status, occupation, hobbies and lifestyle choices, making it crucial to understand what might cause your rates to increase or decrease. Younger, healthier individuals typically enjoy lower premiums, while smokers or those with chronic health conditions may face higher costs. 


Do you have any more questions you want answered? Contact Bima Seva Kendra for any insurance related advisory service or for any insurance claim-related issues, claim rejection related issues or claim rejection services.