Here are some basics about life insurance for a life insurance lawyer to understand.
“Term” policies simply provide a death benefit in return for a premium payment. At the end of the policy year, or “term”, the insurance ends, and the policy has no value. Term policies do not accrue cash value. Because the insured is only paying for the death benefit, term policies are cheaper in the early years. As the insured gets older, the risk of death increases and so does the premium, so term may become more expensive than the other types. Insurers typically sell term policies that promise a fixed premium for a set number of years. For example, an insurer may sell a 10 year term policy that the insured may purchase and renew for the same annual premium during those years, without having to re-qualify.