Early Cash Out on Whole Life Insurance

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Natasha McLachlan is a writer who currently lives in Southern California. She is an alumna of California College of the Arts, where she obtained her B.A. in Writing and Literature. Her current work revolves around insurance guides and informational articles. She truly enjoys helping others learn more about everyday, practical matters through her work.

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Laura Walker graduated college with a BS in Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science. She married her husband and began working in the family insurance business in 2005. She became a licensed agent and wrote P&C business focusing on personal lines insurance for 10 years. Laura serviced existing business and wrote new business. She now uses her insurance background to help educate...

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UPDATED: Sep 24, 2020

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Whole life insurance policies can be partially or completely cashed out. This is a distinct advantage that whole life policies have over term life policies. The fact is that term life policies pay out only if the insured party dies. A whole life insurance policy is almost like having a savings account to use when you need it; money that is accrued can be used for other needs.

Most people get life insurance policies are taken out to protect the family against unnecessary financial stress when the insured party dies. Most people get life insurance policies when major life changes take place. A simple term police will suffice for most families financial goals. But a whole life policy offers a better return if the family meets their financial goals during the lifetime of the insured person. Consider this example; a person takes out a $125,000 life insurance policy when they take up residence in a new home. After 30 years of the policy gaining value, the home is paid off. The policy can now be cashed out for a large cash payment. Cashing in the policy is the same as taking an early payout; it is generally not the ideal route to take in most cases. If you borrow against the value of the policy you are able to reduce the value of the policy by withdrawing cash from the account. The policy still remains active, the borrower repays the cash that was withdrawn or allows the policy to decline to the lower level.

Prior to cashing out a life insurance police, you should be sure that it is what you really want to do. As whole life policies are generally more flexible, it is recommended that the majority of people borrow against the policy rather than completely lose the coverage. There are exceptions to this; for instance in the case of a terminal illness, or a family member requiring long term care for which no provisions have been made. In these situations a family in need of money can cash in a life insurance policy to pay for healthcare needs.

No matter what the situation is, a smart move would be to hold on to at least a minimal level of life insurance coverage. Funeral costs need to be paid when the insured party dies. By retaining enough coverage to cover adequate funeral arrangements should be an important consideration for everyone, no matter what situation might be leading to the desire to cash in a life insurance policy.

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