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Expiring Term Life Insurance Policy? (5 Ways to Save It)

If you have a 10, 20 or 30 year level term life insurance policy nearing expiration, listen carefully.

... This article could save your policy!

I know you have a lot of questions about your policy like:

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  • What happens when the term expires? and
  • Will I lose my life insurance coverage?

First, take comfort in knowing your policy may not be "expiring" at all.

... but even if it is, there are actually several options for saving or extending your policy.

In this article, we'll teach you how term life insurance works, what happens at the end of the "level benefit period," and reveal 5 actions you can take if you have an expiring policy.

With all the options we will show you below, I can honestly say that the most cost effective option 98% of the time will be to just get a new policy.

However, there are some instances where that option isn't available.

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​It's a Myth That Term Life Insurance "Expires"

​Most term life insurance policies actually cover you to age 95.

That's right:

At the end of your initial term, most term policies do not expire.

So it's a misnomer to say your policy is "expiring."

What's actually happening is your initial level term period is ending.

What's this mean?

It means your policy may not be ending at all, but the premiums will most likely be increasing every year moving forward on an annual basis, in most cases, to an astronomical amount.

Now, don't get me wrong:

There is a such thing as renewable term life insurance. 

However, almost all policies are renewable, and if you are unsure, you can just ask the insurance carrier or agent directly.

Renewable term life insurance simply confirms that the term life insurance policy you have is able to be renewed without you having to go back through medical underwriting.

It's really a great option if you end up being in worse health over time.

The problem is, there are only a couple of carriers, such as Lincoln, whose renewal premiums are not outrageous and Protective Life Insurance. 

You'll need to wait for your renewal of premium notice to arrive to find out what the adjusted premium will be.

Pro Tip: If you're in the market for a new policy, be sure to consider one with Low Renewal Premiums!

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Understanding Term Life Insurance & Premium Increases 

Let's say at age 40; you buy an annually renewable policy.

For insurance purposes, every year you live makes you a bit more of an insurance risk.

... So your premiums rise annually as you are one year closer to death.

Such policies are available, but they're not very popular since the premiums go up every year.

They're called annual renewable term (ART).

Let's look at sample ART premiums for $1,000,000 in coverage for a male non-smoker.

ART premiums might look like this for the first few years:

  • 1st year might be $250
  • $265 in the 2nd year
  • $275 in the 3rd year
  • etc.

10 years later, your premium may actually rise to $450 per month for coverage! This example illustrates why people tend to shy away from this type of policy.

Most people would instead plan their budget around a fixed expense.

The result is, many insurance carriers offer level term life insurance policies

In essence, they'll cover you until age 95, but for 10, 15, 20, or 30 years the premium is fixed.

Calculating Level Term Premium - It's a Simple Average

To determine your level premium, life insurance companies add up the payments for each year in the 10 year term and divide it by 10.

Mostly, 10 year level term life insurance is the average premium for the first 10 years of coverage.

From year 11 up, or in the case above, from ages 50 - 95, it reverts to an annual renewable policy.

It's essential to lock in for as long of a level term as you think you might need for coverage. In a nutshell, once the level term is up, your premiums will skyrocket.

5 Actions to Save Your "Expiring" Policy (PLUS 2 BONUS OPTIONS)

Most policies offer several options when the initial term is about to expire:

  1. Replace the Policy with a Cheaper One - If you're still healthy enough to qualify for a new term policy, consider doing so.

    It's likely the new policy will cost a fraction of the renewal premium payment. Click here for a replacement quote.

  2. Convert the Policy - Check the policy's conversion features.

    You may be able to convert the policy to a permanent policy without evidence of good health.

    If your health has deteriorated since the term policy was issued, this may be a good option for you.  See notes on term policy conversion here.

  3. Pay the Renewal Premium - If you can't afford to convert your policy or replace it, then you might consider paying the renewal premium.

    You'll have to take your health and estimated life expectancy into account, as well as how long you will need coverage.

    If you're healthy and need it for several years, it's probably best to buy a new policy.

  4. Decrease Your Death Benefit - Many companies allow a one-time decrease in face value to your policy. The result? A reduction in your premiums.

  5. Sell Your Policy - If your policy is still convertible, you may be able to convert the policy and then sell it.  It's called a life settlement.  

    If your health has deteriorated, this could be a particularly lucrative option for you.

BONUS OPTION #1

Let's say you decide to reduce your death benefit or pay your renewal premiums.

... there might STILL be a way for you to save some money.

Has your health improved since you first bought your policy?

Perhaps you lost a lot of weight or stopped smoking, for example.

If that's the case, most carriers allow a one-time application for a “health re-classification,” in which they essentially reclassify you based on your current health and lead to an immediate reduction in your premium.

BONUS OPTION #2

Option 6 - Let Your Policy Lapse - If none of the 5 options above work for you, or you can't afford your policy or no longer need it, just stop paying premiums and the policy will lapse.

The insurance company can't "come after you" to pay.  You're not "obligated" to pay for the duration of the full term length.

It's simple.

If you stop paying your premiums, all that happens is your policy will lapse, and you'll no longer have coverage.

Looking to Replace Your Coverage?  Try Buying from Companies with Reasonable Renewal Premiums

In most cases, the increase from the level term premium to the renewable premium is outrageous.

Since most policyholders originally bought an affordable term life insurance policy, you can bet they'll be in for a surprise when they open up their renewal letter.

Premiums have been known to increase by 6-10 times the cost of the initial payments!

Below is an illustration of guaranteed premiums on a term policy:

Luckily, I've found a few surprising exceptions to the rule! 

These policies are offered by Lincoln Financial Group (LifeElements), Protective Life Insurance, and Fidelity Life Association (Graded Death Benefit).

*Please note these comments are valid at the time of writing this article and are subject to change. 

Lincoln Financial Group 

Instead of raising the premium, at the end of your term Lincoln lowers the death benefit to approximately half the initial value.

Your payments are guaranteed to stay the same for at least a few years after expiry of the initial term.

Then the guaranteed premiums marginally increase, by approximately 5% per year, for the next several years. 

Below is a sample illustration of the Lincoln LifeElements guaranteed premiums of a 10 year term policy:

Fidelity Life Association 

Fidelity Life Association offers a type of graded death benefit life insurance.

The best part?

The premiums are guaranteed to stay level for the life of the policy.

  • 10 year term: until age 80 or for 20 additional years, whichever is longer ;
  • 20 year term/30 year term: until age 80 or for 25/35 additional years, whichever is longer.

Like Lincoln, Fidelity also decreases the death benefits in the following manner:

  • At year 11, 21 or 31 whichever is applicable, there is a one-time decrease in the face amount based on the original issue age;
  • 20-29 years old to 80% of the original face amount;
  • 30-39 years old to 70% of the original face amount;
  • 40-49 years old to 60% of the original face amount;
  • 50 years old and up 50% of the original face amount

Renewal Companies Conclusion

Both companies offer affordable premiums after the initial term expires.

In this case, you can actually afford to potentially keep your policy, as opposed to having to drop it.

More on Lincoln Pricing

Lincoln’s term policies aren't the most affordable among the low price leaders in term coverage, such as Banner, SBLI, or Transamerica.

The premiums quoted are typically 10 - 20% higher, but they have a superior renewal benefit; which makes the increase in price a bit more palatable.

Let’s say you’re shopping for a 10 year term, but you might need insurance for up to 15 years.

You don’t want to pay for 15 year term up front because you probably won’t need it that long.  

Buy the 10 year term from Lincoln, and your problem is solved. Don't forget, coverage is reduced in year 11!

More on Fidelity Pricing

Fidelity is unique, as their product is designed for people with serious medical issues.

Someone with a history of cancer, stroke, epilepsy, alcohol/drug abuse, or extreme obesity may still be able to qualify for their graded death benefit.

To give you an extreme example, a man who is 5’11 could weigh up to 428 lbs and still be approved.

That same individual could also have had a heart transplant and lung cancer three years ago and assuming no treatment was necessary for the past 2 years, may still qualify!

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Other Resources for Expiring Level Term Policies:

I've written a couple of other articles on this site you will want to read before deciding on whether to replace your policy or convert your policy:


Contact Huntley Wealth Today!

There are many options available when your level term policy is nearing expiry.

Be sure to speak with a knowledgeable agent about your ongoing insurance needs for the best advice for your unique circumstances.

At Huntley Wealth we have over 10 years of experience finding life insurance for people from all walks of life, and we would love to help you.

Our number is 877-443-9467.  Give us a call, or you can get a quote using our quote form on the right.

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All Comments

  1. charlie on January 22, 2013, 1:44 am

    a friend of mine mom died and she had old life insurance polices and they were rockford , he went to cash them in and they are no longer around so what happens when you cant pay for the funreal because the policies were old and they are no longer around to cash them

    • Chris Huntley on January 23, 2013, 3:15 pm

      Chances are they were acquired by someone else. Perhaps you can track them down through a google search.

  2. Gene on February 19, 2013, 2:14 pm

    Dear Mr. Huntley,

    What happens when a Term Life Insurance Policy lapses? Obviously there is no coverage anymore, but is any of the money paid in over 20 years recovered?

    Thank you,

    Gene

    • Chris Huntley on February 23, 2013, 1:02 pm

      No money is paid back. You no longer owe premiums and the insurance company no longer owes a death benefit upon your death.

    • Art Williams on April 1, 2018, 10:08 pm

      I would just like to say that Term Insurance is similar to car insurance! No investments are kept in car insurance and it would not be smart to bundle your investments in with your car insurance! That is why term insurance is so cheap compared to “Bundling-Type” Life Insurance. By purchasing Term insurance and investing the difference in a separate account, you the investor get to keep an eye on how your money is managed. Very basic and simple.

  3. FLOYD MARTIN on April 14, 2013, 3:26 pm

    So you pay and pay into term then after 15 to 20 years they can jack your rates up to the moon?
    Where as if a old person pays into Whole Life it is forever and will never expire!
    It would appear to me anyone over 60 would be a fool to buy term!
    Old age term sounds good for the Insurance company!

    • Chris Huntley on April 21, 2013, 11:14 pm

      I respectfully disagree, Floyd. There’s a host of reasons why someone in their sixties would only need coverage for a short period of time, such as a ten year period. For example, it could be to secure an sba loan, or for a business buy-sell agreement, or maybe you plan to work for 10 more years and only need the coverage while you’re working. Why would any of these people buy whole life insurance when they could pay 1/10 the premium for term?

  4. Edna Tabor on January 13, 2014, 1:30 am

    I had a 5 year term policy. They continued to take the money out of my pay role for 10 years. Then when the insurance agent contacted me last week he said that my policy expires in Feb.and I needed to sign up again. How did they renew my policy after the first 5 years without contacting me?

    • Chris Huntley on January 30, 2014, 10:41 am

      Perhaps it automatically moves to annual renewable term after the initial level term. Many policies work this way.

  5. Bob on April 8, 2014, 2:15 pm

    Hi Chris,

    At 50 my father opened a life policy for 25K, it expires next year at age 80.
    He turns 80 next year, the policy is active and will be paid in full next year.

    He doesn’t want to open a new one, so what becomes of that policy?
    If he passes in the next 5-10 years will that policy still pay him 25K, even if it’s paid up , but he did not renew it? Actually mo mother is the benficiary, will she be entitled to the 25K?

    Thank you,
    Sammy

    • Chris Huntley on April 16, 2014, 8:38 am

      If it’s a term policy, then it’s not “paid up”. Instead what will likely happen is his premiums will increase next year if he wants to continue the coverage.

  6. Tracey Howes on April 16, 2014, 3:54 pm

    Hi, my mother in law forgot her life insurance policy was due to expire and so on 15th March this year it expired. Just a week later she felt ill and last week (less than a month after the policy expired) she passed away from advanced womb cancer that had gone undetected.
    It seems incredibly unfair and ironic that for the last 30 odd years she had paid £20 a month for insurance and 3 weeks after it expired she passed away. In this circumstance is there ever a chance an insurance company would pay out?

    • Chris Huntley on April 18, 2014, 12:12 pm

      Hello Tracey,
      This is a terrible tragedy. I’m so sorry.

      I think if you could prove that perhaps she missed the payment due to mental incapacity, you may have a case, but to be honest, I have no idea. The carrier typically sends out multiple notices, and provides a 30 day grace period usually after you miss payment in which you can make your premiums current with no affect on coverage.

      You might talk to an attorney about it, but honestly, I just don’t know. Again, so sorry for your loss.

  7. sophia on April 21, 2014, 12:42 pm

    What would the best insurance policy for someone 50 years old to purchase

    • Chris Huntley on May 5, 2014, 9:27 am

      Hello Sophia,
      Depends on what you are trying to accomplish. I just emailed you.

  8. Darlene on July 19, 2014, 10:31 pm

    What would the best insurance policy for someone 50 years old to purchase

    REPLY

    • Chris Huntley on July 21, 2014, 1:18 am

      Hello Darlene,
      Depends on your health. We will be in touch with you to discuss the best option for your insurance needs.

  9. judi nunes on November 8, 2014, 8:01 am

    With a term life policy that expires at age 80, my question is this. Does it expire ON the day of the 80th birthday or is it valid THRU the year until the 81st birthday. Thank you

    • Chris Huntley on June 10, 2015, 11:57 am

      It’s all in the wording of the contract.

  10. Frank German on November 12, 2014, 10:02 pm

    If my relative have paid on insurance policies for 40 plus year do they ever pay off or do they have keep on paying.

  11. George on December 27, 2014, 1:02 am

    I have a Ca life insurance sales license however I’m not currently with a company. I want to grow a book of business on a part time bases while doing what is write for my clients. Do you have an suggestions as to the best company for me?

  12. Rick on January 12, 2015, 8:33 am

    If i have paid life insurance for 25 years and its about to expire can I cash it in or have I paid 25 years worth ov insurance for nothing . Thank you

    • Chris Huntley on April 29, 2015, 11:47 am

      Sounds like you have term and you have nothing. You could possibly convert it into a permanent policy and sell the policy though. Give us a call at 877-443-9467.

  13. Louise on January 22, 2015, 8:50 am

    Hello Chris,

    A quick question: I was bequeathed a term policy for my father. We no longer have contact, but I still pay the premium. I wanted to ask, if he outlives the term of the policy, is there any refund of the premiums or is it a wash?

    Thanks!!

    • Chris Huntley on February 24, 2015, 3:23 am

      Louise,
      If your Father outlives a Term life policy the company does not offer a refund of the premiums.

  14. Jane on February 4, 2015, 5:23 pm

    So, from what I am reading, if I have paid premiums for a term life insurance policy, if the premiums stop after the pre-determined number of years, and if I continue living, is the only way any money would be paid out from that policy would be if I died before it was paid up?

    • Chris Huntley on April 29, 2015, 11:49 am

      Yes that sounds right. When you stop paying premiums, your policy will lapse.

  15. Faye on February 8, 2015, 8:20 am

    I am a healthy 52 yr. old and would want to get life insurance. My goal is when I leave this world, I would want to leave a good chunk of money to my daughter. I don’t want to leave her in dire straights. I have a good 16-20 years on me and I am work probably well into my 70’s. I don’t want a policy that expires on my 80th birthday, I may live longer than that since my own parents are healthy 98 & 101 yrs. old.

    • Chris Huntley on February 24, 2015, 3:16 am

      One of my colleagues will be in touch with you to work up a few affordable term quotes based on your specific needs.

  16. Penny on March 24, 2015, 10:34 am

    As I understand term policy,if my husband dies any time during the term I will be paid the $15,000.00, as long as I keep up the payments. He has a lot of health issues and I really don’t think he’ll live even another 10 years, but I plan to have a 20 year term anyway. just in case. We don’t have a lot of money for premiums, that’s why I’m thinking term. Would AARP be the best way to go ? please answer via my email .

    • Chris Huntley on April 13, 2015, 3:13 am

      Hi Penny,
      One of our agents will be getting a hold of you to discuss your Husband’s insurance needs.

  17. Tanneaka alexander on March 29, 2015, 6:03 pm

    Not clear on what happens with my term insurance when I turn 80. If I die at 85 am I covered? Or at 81 do I need to buy another policy?

    • Chris Huntley on April 29, 2015, 12:13 pm

      A lot of companies set 70, 75, or 80 as the max age you can convert to a permanent policy. Give us a call if you have any questions. 877-443-9467

  18. Cathy on May 8, 2015, 6:31 am

    My husband handled all the finances including life insurance. He will be 73 this year and his health is failing. We had life insurance auto deducted from our checking each month, but last statement I did not see it. He swears that it is still active, I believe something is wrong. We have debt, and if something happens to him without being able to pay our bills, I’m sunk. Would it be possible to take out life now? We had $200,000 but I’m thinking there’s no way we could get that amount again if the other ins is gone.

    • Chris Huntley on May 25, 2015, 1:40 am

      It sounds like there are a few questions here. The ultimate answer will revolve around your husband’s current health conditions. You mentioned his health is declining. Give us a call at 877-443-9467 and we can answer all of your questions.

  19. Mary Koupal on June 10, 2015, 7:16 pm

    My husband has a policy for 50,000. We are told the insurance is termed out in Nov. I am told it is a universal life policy. They have never told us to increase the payment and I can’t even get the agent we used to call me back. I leave him a message every day. He told me a week and a half ago he would call me back.

    What should I do? The policy is with American General insurance co

    Thanks,
    Mary [email protected]

    • Chris Huntley on August 28, 2015, 2:55 am

      Unfortunately, I cannot speak as to the terms and conditions of a specific company or policy. Each company has their own terms for each type of policy. Feel free to give us a call should you be in the market for a new agent and policy. 877-443-9467

  20. Amy on June 15, 2015, 9:54 am

    I’m reading these ???
    Seems to me that irs best to save money in your bank account then paying life insurance policy. That will leave you hanging from nothing!! Right?? Or are there some that really keep there promise!! My husband payed for his insurance it kept increases yearly. Does it increases with age?.

    • Chris Huntley on November 8, 2015, 3:09 pm

      Hi Amy,
      Yes, the cost of a life insurance policy does increase based on your age.

  21. AG on June 16, 2015, 2:31 pm

    Hi! I am contemplating on getting a term life insurance that has the feature of return premium. I am doing this for my son. I still need to understand how it works, if I get a 30-year term life, does it mean that I have to pay for 30 years as well or do I pay for a certain period of time and then I am covered until the 30th year. Thank you.

    • Chris Huntley on August 28, 2015, 2:59 am

      Hi Anna

      I’ve forwarded your information to Cliff Pendell to help you with your insurance needs

  22. Jerry on June 16, 2015, 2:57 pm

    If a policy lapses and the premiums which were once being met are now not met for a period of time, is value of the policy essentially worthless? Any way to recoup the money that was originally invested in the policy?

    • Chris Huntley on August 28, 2015, 2:43 am

      Yes that sounds right. When you stop paying premiums, your policy will lapse. Nope, the insurance company keeps the money you invested in the policy.

  23. P clayton on June 21, 2015, 8:05 am

    I have been paying on a 10 year term policy that will expire in 2019. Once it expires, does that mean there will not be any money paid out?

    • Chris Huntley on November 8, 2015, 3:14 pm

      That is absolutely correct. Thanks for reading!

  24. Cecilia Jaconetti on August 27, 2015, 5:44 pm

    My brother turned 80 and they raised his premiums so high…are there companies that buy Insurance polices…and how do you find out who they are…

    • Chris Huntley on November 8, 2015, 2:58 pm

      Hi Cecilia,
      No there are not any companies that buy insurance policies.

  25. Teresa on September 26, 2015, 8:48 pm

    I am 61 years old and have paid on term life insurance for many years. Policy is due to expire in my 60’s or early 70’s. My parents are 86 and 90 so I would like coverage to last longer. Question: I have borrowed money from the policy and have not paid any of it back. As of right now the loan amount is around $12,000. I realize that if I died today the $12,000 would be deducted from the $108,000 value of the policy. When policy expires am I required to pay back the loan amount? I cannot find an answer anywhere.

    • Chris Huntley on November 16, 2015, 2:47 am

      Hi Teresa,
      Most term life inusrance policy do not hold a cash value which allow you to borrow against. In any case, borrowing against a whole life insurance policy does incur a interest penalty, just like any loan. You will need to check the terms of when your company will be collecting the interest
      Thanks for reading

  26. Weeranut on November 25, 2015, 12:22 pm

    No conpialmts on this end, simply a good piece.

  27. Tinh X Hoang on January 11, 2016, 9:55 pm

    My question is: I have a term life insurance with Globe Life. My Insurance amount is $10,000.00. My term expired at 99 years old. If I live beyond that date and will not renew the insurance, will the company pay me the amount of $10,000,00 or I will lose it? Thank you for your answer.

    • Kimberly Ely on September 26, 2016, 11:10 am

      Hello Tinh, We don’t actually sell GLOBE insurance, so I cannot speak with authority about their products, however, if your policy states that coverage lasts to your age 99, and you outlive age 99, then I expect your policy will NOT pay out any death benefit, nor return your premiums. If I were you, I would call GLOBE at 877-577-3860 M-F, 7:30-5:30 CST and find out. And, if they don’t cover you past age 99, and you want a true lifetime policy, give me a call at 619-507-8148, or drop me an email, and I can help you. We carry a number of products that will last as long as you live, even if you live to be 121 or older! Good Luck!

  28. Catherine on January 28, 2016, 2:59 am

    My 15 year fixed term life insurance on myself and my partner ended last year, I could not afford the renewable payments as they went up 7 fold,,,, I’ve just realised the company has continued taking my payments every month so am I still insured?

    • Chris Huntley on January 30, 2016, 9:27 pm

      If you have been making payments and have proof of the payments. I would say, Yes. I also urge you to contact your carrier immediately and inquire on the status of the policy.

  29. lynda on February 13, 2016, 10:28 pm

    Can I get life insurance after a strokeI’m 42

    • Chris Huntley on February 20, 2016, 5:07 pm

      Hi Lynda,
      If you are in the U.S. please give us a call us at 877-443-9467. We will need to find out more about your medical history. Our agents always do their best to assist you with your insurance needs. We would be able to assist you when/if you are in the U.S.

  30. Tina king on February 24, 2016, 12:18 pm

    Hi I’m 37 this year and thought that life insurance was something I needed to set in place as a lone parent to my 19 and 15 year old kids. I am currently very healthy and no health issues at this time but wanted the peace of mind that my kids had some money left for them for their future. I’ve only just had the phone call conversation today paperwork to follow. I’m paying over 20 years but I will only be 57 when it ends. And forgot to ask the question of what happens if I’m still alive and kicking with my payout of £150,000 ?

    • Chris Huntley on February 27, 2016, 5:04 pm

      Hi Tina,
      I’ve forwarded your information to Justin Nelson to help you with your insurance needs

  31. T. Smith on May 16, 2016, 10:38 am

    I have a term life policy on my Mother which is in it’s 4th year. They have an option for me to “surrender” the policy for cash value. I have not asked what that value is. What is that typically? How long before the policy expires do they usually allow you to surrender it for cash value?

    • Kimberly Ely on September 16, 2016, 12:45 pm

      Hello – every policy is different…some do have a cash value, but most do not. Surrender means you give up the policy for the surrender value…you can contact the carrier to find out what the surrender value is at this time. Please bear in mind, that the policy will end if you accept the surrender value, so you will have NO death benefit when your mother does pass away…Good luck!

  32. david thomas on May 20, 2016, 4:31 pm

    My mother died 3 years ago,and the will is still in probate. She had a $10k Life insurance policy at the time of her death, age 92. The executor is unreachable, and the heirs have no access to any of her finance papers,bank accounts ect.How can I find the policy or if it was paid out at age 90?

    • Kimberly Ely on September 16, 2016, 12:40 pm

      Hello David, Are you the beneficiary on this policy? If so, you need only contact the life insurance company and tell them you wish to make a claim upon the death of your mother. If you are NOT the beneficiary, I am afraid you will not likely get any information out of them. Good luck!

  33. Barbara on July 19, 2016, 3:25 pm

    I have a $100,000 term policy. Renewable to age 95 with premium change provision. Convertible to age 65. Oops, I am now 69. Decreasing term insurance option avail within 60 days before any policy anniversary after the 20th year. Policy purchased August 13, 2000. So does that mean this policy will no longer be in effect after August 13, 2020? I’m so confused!
    The policy is stating it expires in 2042, so now I’m doubly confused!!
    This insurance company no longer sells life insurance. I don’t know what to do.

    • Kim Ely on July 21, 2016, 5:53 am

      Well, Barbara, let’s not panic yet! If this was a 20 year term policy, then the premium you are paying should remain constant until 2020, at which time the insurance company will probably offer you a renewal at a higher premium. However, we will need to discuss this in more detail to be certain of the finer points, especially since this company no longer sells life insurance. Please email me directly so we can get you the information you need to sleep easy at night! Thanks for this great question! Kim Ely, [email protected]

  34. Carmine on August 8, 2016, 4:15 am

    Hi, Im in my 30’s, married, 1 child, have a 100,000 whole life policy and trying to decide if it is better to surrender for 5900 cash value and invest it or do a reduced paid up quote and have $33,000 whole life forever that I don’t have to pay into again.

    I also have a 500,000 – 30 year term as well

    My concern is that after my 30 year term is up (will be about 65 then) what will I have to cover expenses like burial or misc expenses later in life or what will I have to pass on to my family. What do people do for security after term is gone? Do they save and invest to have money for later to work from. In your opinion, Should I do the reduced payed up quote and let the insurance company have the $5,900 so I can be guaranteed 33,000 whole life to leave for my family or take the cash value and start investing and build my wealth/savings and burial expenses/ money to pass down to generations later in life can come from that. I know burial insurance is out there for later in life but unsure of direction to go?

    • Kimberly Ely on September 13, 2016, 1:49 pm

      Hello Carmine, As you have learned, a whole life policy simply doesn’t hold up over time – which is why we don’t even sell them ourselves! I hate to see our new clients with policies they have paid into and now have lost value…what a shame! So, since you do still have cash value (which will undoubtedly evaporate over time) I would agree you should indeed consider using it for a GUARANTEED lifetime policy that you won’t have to pay into ever again. That can absolutely become your lifetime final expense policy, so even after you have outlived your term policy, there would still be $33,000 for final expenses. I say GUARANTEED however, because only a GUARANTEED death benefit is one that will be there 50, 60, 70 years down the road. You are still very young, so you could take that $5,900 and do whatever you want with it… As far as your question, “what do people do after term is gone?” Well, most of them still need insurance and even if their kids are grown – they may have a new mortgage, or other expenses, and so are usually looking for another $100,000-$200,000 in lifetime coverage, which they can obtain in their 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

  35. Ray on October 16, 2016, 12:19 am

    I have a term life insurance policy for $150,000 to age 95 – convertible through twentieth policy year, or to age 70 if earlier – purchased in 1991. The convertible date has passed. The premiums are extremely high and I am wondering if I have any options to still convert this policy.

    • Kimberly Ely on October 17, 2016, 2:47 pm

      Hello Ray, I am so sorry, but no. If you have passed the 20th year, or have reached age 70, then it cannot be converted. However, convertible policies can be awfully expensive, just because of the price gain due to age, so if you would like me to run you some quotes, based on your current age and health situation, I would be happy to see what we can do for you. Just email me at my direct email, and we can discuss privately. Thank you, and good luck!

  36. Barb on December 11, 2017, 7:40 pm

    My father-in-law purchased a small $5,000 term life policy from AARP many years ago and continued to make payments throughout his life. He paid his premiums every six months, was billed and paid in February of this past year (2017), turned 80 in March, which it seems would have been the end of the policy, but was then billed again in August for the next 6 months of coverage when he was most definitely 80 years of age. The policy billing said that was for coverage from the end of August to February of 2018.

    My father-in-law recently passed away and I am wondering what we will be faced with when trying to collect on this policy? The insurance papers clearly say it ends at age 80, but they continued to bill him, he paid and they accepted that payment and provided a payment confirmation number, well after his 80th birthday. Going through his papers, I see no evidence that he was offered the opportunity to convert the policy to a whole life policy, nor notice that the policy ended on his 80th birthday, which would have been more obvious had he not been billed after his 80th birthday, as well as for a full six months one month prior to his 80th birthday.

    Any suggestions as to how to approach this and not be shot down from the start?

    • Kimberly Ely on December 15, 2017, 10:41 am

      Hello there,
      I’m so sorry for your loss – but glad he did such a good job keeping his life insurance in force. I don’t know this policy, but the fact that he paid premium (and it was accepted) beyond his 80th birthday is certainly enough to file a claim…just try it and see what happens? I don’t think there is any one way to go about it, and at the least, they should be made to return the premium payment…but if you can get them to make good on the policy, all the better… it might be worth a call to an insurance attorney, as well…good luck to you

  37. Nelson n. on May 15, 2018, 6:37 pm

    Hi ,my mom is 67 and has a 20 yr term MetLife insurance for 250k and her anniversary date or when it’s up for renewal is June 5, 2017 but we just found out may 10,2017 a month before expiring she has lung cancer I guess they won’t renewal it now ,should I keep making payments event it increase drastically after june for insurance benefits just in case it covers or should I see what life insurance cover her now with cancer ,what should we do?

    • Kimberly Ely on May 23, 2018, 5:42 am

      Hello Nelson,
      I am so sorry to hear of your mother’s recent diagnosis! That sucks! I expect that the policy will continue to be fully inforce as long as you continue to make the premium payments they require of you. Unfortunately, those payments are going to go way, way, way up, not because of her diagnosis, but because that’s what they do at the end of a term period. This policy may be CONVERTIBLE however, to a permanent policy without need for additional medical underwriting. This would be perfect, since they would use your mother’s original health rating, and will not ask any medical questions. You should call the agent, or MetLife directly to find out if her policy is CONVERTIBLE to a perm product. Then ask if she can convert it (or part of it) to a perm policy, and get quotes. It will be a more expensive policy, but with her recent diagnosis, you can take less coverage and at least still have coverage. Or, keep paying on that term product if offered the opportunity. Good Luck to you both!

    • Kimberly Ely on May 23, 2018, 6:42 am

      I am so very sorry about her diagnosis! You may have a couple of good options that will keep her coverage in force, despite her cancer diagnosis! One is to keep the term policy by paying the new premiums, even though they are high…if you can afford them, they will continue her coverage without any need for additional medical questions or approval. Alternately, you can look into possibly CONVERTING the term policy into a Perm policy, which means she has no medical questions nor medical underwriting, and will keep her original good rating. Call the carrier to find out if conversion to a perm policy (without medical underwriting) is an option, in which case they will give you pricing to make your selection. Good luck to you both!

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