Underwriting and Issuing a Life Insurance Policy

So you have the understanding that you want to buy Life Insurance. You’re married now, or maybe you just had your first baby. Or maybe you just bought a home, which in most cases means you now have a mortgage. It occurred to you that you need to put some protection into place to save guard these things.

How would your family be affected should you no longer be around to provide? Financially, there is a way to help ease that burden. Making sure that a Life Insurance Policy is in place.

Now that this decision is made, you want to understand how an insurance company determine if it will issue a policy. Here is some information on what is happens to get your policy put into place by the insurance company.

At the start, an application is filled out. Then an Underwriter at the insurance company, also referred to as a carrier, evaluates taking you on and needs to determine how much of a risk they are willing to take on by covering you with their insurance policy. They also evaluate the rates and coverage that will be used associated with your policy. Once all of these items have been determined, the policy will be issued, or delivered, by the company’s agent to you, the insured.

There are specific parties that are involved in an insurance policy. There is an applicant, the person who applies for insurance coverage by filling out an insurance company’s application. The insured is the person whose life will be covered by the insurance. The policy owner is the person who is usually also the applicant. The policy owner is also the person who pays the premium and has all of the ownership rights under this contract. Finally, there is the beneficiary; this is the person or persons who are named by the policy owner to receive the benefits upon the death of the insured. All of this information is relayed via the underwriter so they can start the risk analysis at the insurance company.

When an application is submitted, this is a request by that person that the insurance company issues a policy for them. If the person sends a premium payment with that application it is looked at as an offer from the person to the insurance company. The underwriter that assesses the risk based on the information gathered assigns a Risk Classification. Standard, uninsurable, and substandard are the types of risk classes. These different classes of risk can translate into the part of the calculation used to determine the premium amount. After all of the underwriting requirements are met and satisfied at the insurance company, a policy can be issued.

There is no better time than now to start learning about Life Insurance and how it can enhance your life. It is simple and easy to get a conversation going with an insurance agent that can help you learn and understand what your specific needs are.

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