Life insurance, which is a tax-free death benefit, is essential to all good planning – whether it be to protect your family against a sudden loss of income, insure a key company employee or plan your estate.
The tax-free death benefit can help:
- Cover your debts, including your mortgage
- Provide an income for your beneficiary
- Provide a nest egg for your family so as to maintain their standard of living
- Donate to a favourite cause/charity
- Meet the education needs of your children
- Pay for funeral costs and final expenses
Some insurance options offer the added ability to build additional tax-sheltered savings within the Policy, which can be accessed should the need arise.
Life insurance is an integral part of financial planning for every Canadian. The options to cover your needs are usually Term Life or Permanent Life insurance.
Term Life Insurance:
Term life insurance, implying insurance for a limited term, is well-suited to meet temporary needs that include mortgage payments, credit protection, personal or business loans and survivors income for families.
Term life insurance coverage can do a good job of meeting immediate needs, at an affordable initial cost, and may provide the opportunity to later move or convert to Permanent life insurance, without providing proof of health.
You can purchase term life insurance to begin with, before purchasing permanent life insurance, depending on your need.
Permanent Life Insurance:
Permanent life insurance can protect you for your lifetime and can cover needs that include estate protection, legacy building, income replacement or final expenses. Costs are typically higher at issue, but coverage and price remain level to age 100. It can also build a tax-advantaged cash surrender value along side the death benefit.
Insurance Without Medical Examination (Guaranteed Issue):
With no medical exam or blood test, this type of insurance is designed for people who, for medical or other reasons, have a hard time obtaining insurance or who are at a high health risk. Insurance without medical examination is the simplest life insurance on the market to cover final expenses and other specific needs.
There are also options available that offer financial protection to parents who want life insurance for their child who, for some reason, is not eligible for regular protection.