How Do I Choose an Insurance Agent?

Get the names of a couple of agents through recommendations from your friends, family members, and other sources. Initiate a search for the agent's licensed in your state by checking with your state's insurance department. The reseller who sells several products also must be registered with the Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority, FINRA, and have an…

Get the names of a couple of agents through recommendations from your friends, family members, and other sources. Initiate a search for the agent's licensed in your state by checking with your state's insurance department. The reseller who sells several products also must be registered with the Financial Institutions Regulatory Authority, FINRA, and have an additional state license to sell different products.

What sort of questions will you be asked? In addition to questions about your financial status, you need to write down your medical condition, age and also family medical history. Remember, you must answer all the questions truthfully; insurance company will use this information to evaluate your risk level and calculate premium for your coverage. For example, you will pay a much lower insurance cost if you do not smoke; at the same time, if you have a chronic sickness, you will need to pay a higher premium. When you need to submit a claim, a truthful answer will make sure you receive prompt and full payment. Almost if you apply for life insurance, you might be asked to take a medical examination. In many cases, a health care professional will go to your home and conduct the examination.

Take time to study the contract carefully to make sure it meets your expectations. Because your contract is a legal document, it is very important that you understand exactly what it covers. If needed, ask for a sentence-by-sentence explanation for anything that is not clear and make sure the insurance agent explains and describes items you do not understand. Also, just in case your agent recommends a cash value insurance contract, you need to ask back if the premiums within your budget? Get an assessment to see if you afford to commit to such promotions over the long run? Cash policy insurance provides protection for your entire life. Canceling cash policy contract after only couple of years can be a “high cost” way to get short-term protection. If you do not plan to keep the insurance policy for the long, you can choose another coverage such as term insurance.