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  • If you want to protect the people you love, life insurance should be an important part of your financial planning. It can provide a meaningful amount of money to your family, give you a way to leave a legacy, and much more.

    What are some uses for life insurance?

    The main benefit of a life insurance policy is to provide a death benefit to beneficiaries should you pass on. There may be a variety of advantages to the life insurance policy you choose, such as coverage for final expenses and growing your retirement savings. Here are some features you may be overlooking.

    Living benefits

    Some products include accelerated death benefits, which allow you to accelerate a portion of the death benefit while living, if you should be diagnosed with a qualifying illness. These benefits are subject to eligibility requirements. The funds can be used toward medical bills or any use of your choosing.

    Coverage for final expenses

    The national median cost for a funeral could end up costing thousands of dollars. One of the biggest costs for your family when you die is your funeral. You may leave behind end-of-life expenses such as medical bills, which will fall on the shoulders of your loved ones. Life insurance can help prevent that kind of financial and emotional strain on your family by covering the cost of your burial and other expenses.

    Retirement savings

    Whether you started retirement planning too late, or you worry you simply won’t have enough retirement income to meet your needs in your later years, life insurance can help supplement your retirement income with policies that feature cash value growth potential. You can access cash value through policy loans or withdrawals and the money could be used for a generally tax-free income stream.

    Funds for your child’s college

    Did you know that life insurance can be a great college funding solution? With permanent life insurance, you can protect your family and build college savings at the same time. With permanent life insurance, you have the opportunity to grow cash value by taking advantage of indices that are linked to the stock market when the market is high subject to a cap, while protecting yourself from loss when the market is low with a 0% floor. You can then use the cash value that you may accumulate over time to help pay college tuition costs, whether it’s an in-state or out-of-state college.

    Business planning

    Are you aware of the role life insurance can play in business planning? Whether you’re an entrepreneur thinking about how to protect your share of the business or are looking for ways to reward your top performers, life insurance could be a solution.

    Talk to an agent to help

    If you want to get up to speed on all the options available in your life insurance, consider making an appointment with an agent to discuss your policy today.

    from North American, a Sammons Financial Company