Wednesday, May 13, 2020

The Disability Waiver of Premium

You have decided to purchase that life insurance policy you have been thinking about. Now you have the peace of mind knowing that if you were to die unexpectedly your family could stay in there home, your kids will have the money to go to college if they wish, and your spouse will be able to handle everyday expenses. But there's one thing that is still nagging you. What if you get sick or hurt, and are unable to work? Will you be able to keep paying for that life insurance policy?

The last thing you need at that point is to have your life insurance pulled out from under you. But there is good news. Most life insurance policies have an optional Disability Waiver of Premium (WP) that you can add on when you purchase your policy. What the WP does is insure that if you are disabled and can't pay your premiums, the insurance company will pay the premium for you. Basically, it's insurance on your insurance. 

In a previous post, I told the story of my client who purchased life and disability policies at the urging of her husband. A few years later she was seriously injured in a house fire and her disability policy paid as it was supposed to. When she recovered she called me one day to ask about her life insurance policy. "They haven't drafted out of my bank account. Is my policy cancelled for non-payment?" she asked.

The answer was that the policy was still in force and that the WP of premium was triggered because we used the same insurance company for both policies. When she went on claim for her disability policy, the company cross-referenced her life policy and began paying her premiums for her. She didn't even realize she had the WP on her policy. 

When you take out a life insurance policy make sure to ask about the WP. It's usually very inexpensive and can give you the peace of mind that if you were to be sick or hurt and unable to work, your life insurance will still be in place, giving your loved ones the security you want.

Let us know if you have any questions and feel free to subscribe. And of course,stay healthy!

Chris Castanes is the president of Surf Financial Brokers, as well as a professional speaker helping sales people be more productive and efficient.

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