Does my job affect my life Insurance ?

Life Insurance companies are in the business of making profits from the policies that they sell. This means that for each policy they issue they expect to receive more premiums, and the associated investment income from those premiums, than the amount they agree to pay out upon the event of your death. If they didn’t do this they would go out of business.

This means that they have to judge and assess your lifestyle with a view to evaluating how much risk there is of you dying an unnatural or early death. The greater risk of you dying an early death, then the higher the premium the insurance company is going to charge you.

This risk is based on a set of industry wide statistics used by most life insurance companies. These statistics cover everything from what impact living in an urban area has on your expected life span, to what job you do for a living. Some of the resultant premium increases may seem a little strange, one is the effect of your job.

If you are considered to have a high risk job then your life insurance premium is going to be higher, as the chance of you dying on the job is perceived to be higher. These jobs include, but are not limited to:

  • working on oil platforms,
  • working at heights,
  • being in military service,
  • being a fisherman or pilot.

Insurance industry data suggests that these professions are more likely to cause injury or death, than being, say an accountant. (Although technically speaking, more people die yearly of heart attacks in offices than people do on oil rigs).

So what can you do if you are considered to have a high risk job?

The obvious option is to move out of the industry and get a less riskier job, but that option doesn’t appeal to everyone and is sometimes unavailable. The other option is to shop around, although there are industry wide statistics and measures available for every job available, the amount of premium charged per job can vary greatly from one insurance company to the next.

Your other option is to look for a specialist. As there are a plethora of high risk industries about today, there are a plethora of life Insurance companies who specialize in catering for employees of these industries. These companies can offer preferential rates, that are lower than those available from your regular life insurance broker. Finding one of these can be as simple as asking at your workplace, or may involve you contacting an insurance agent and asking for their assistance to find you the most economical policy for your job.

To sum up, in today’s world of tighter safety control, better work environments and safer working practises; having a job in a place like an oil refinery shouldn’t make the chances of you dying at work any greater than that of an average person crossing a busy street. Unfortunately they do, in the eyes of Insurers. And these insurers are in charge of how much premium you have to pay, so when faced with the need to have your life insured against what appears the prohibitive cost of doing so, you are best advised to find an insurance broker and let them arrange your life insurance for you.

Can I Buy Life Insurance on Someone Else?

Life Insurance Policy

You are allowed to pay the premiums and collect the benefits on a life insurance policy that insures a life that is not your own!

Can I buy life insurance on someone else? Or here is the one that really scares people. Can someone else buy life insurance on me and then collect the money if I die? I hear people asking these questions all the time and wanted to address both issues.

Can I buy life insurance for someone else?

The simple answer is, “yes”. You are allowed to pay the premiums and collect the benefits on a life insurance policy that insures a life that is not your own. For example, many people have life insurance on their children. Another example is that companies sometimes buy life insurance on their key employees so that they can recover from the negative financial effect that losing that employee might cause.

There are two things that you need to consider. One, you are going to need to have the consent and participation of the person whose life is being insured. Two, you are going to need to provide a reason to the insurance company that you will be affected financially if the insured dies. The only exception to this is life insurance on children. Usually the parent of a minor can purchase life insurance on the child without any additional reasons. If you have nothing to lose from the death of the person, then you don’t really have an “insurable interest” and in such cases would only gain financially from the death of the insured. Just being a relative does not necessarily create an insurable interest. You will have to prove that you are somehow financially affected by the death of that particular relative.

Can someone else buy life insurance on me and then collect the money if I die?

As you can tell from my comments in the previous paragraph it is going to be very difficult for someone to buy life insurance on you without you knowing about it. First of all they are going to need your consent and participation. Most life insurance policies require medical tests on the insured and I think you’ll notice the person coming over to your house to take your blood and to strap the EKG on your chest.

If a person purchases some kind of simplified issue or guaranteed issue policy without you knowing about it, then they are committing insurance fraud, which is a felony and would cause the policy to be voided.

Also if the person can’t prove insurable interest the insurance company is not going to let them buy the policy. The company will let anybody willing to give them the money pay the premiums, but the company is going to need to know that the person who is named the beneficiary of the policy has the insurable interest. Now if you originally purchase a policy you can usually transfer the ownership of the policy or change the beneficiary to whoever you want, but you will have to prove that the initial beneficiary has insurable interest.

Speak to a life insurance specialist at Solutions Financial to find out more on buying life insurance on someone else.