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Life insurance beneficiaries: Who gets what, and when?

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By Byron Udell | May 15, 2019

There are plenty of terms and acronyms used in the life insurance industry and it can make life insurance confusing and convoluted. And beneficiary or bene, as it’s often referred, is definitely one of those terms. While you can decide how many primary and contingent beneficiaries you want, it’s important to take a moment to…

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Life Insurance Can’t Wait Another 20 Pounds

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By Byron Udell | May 15, 2019

Life insurance is important. Yet, half of Americans have no life insurance. The other half owns a policy, but only about 3x their annual income in death benefit. Bottom line: Folks either have no life insurance or are tragically underinsured.  For someone who owns 3x their salary in life insurance, I often ask them, “When…

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Can Being Pre-Diabetic Stop You from Getting Life Insurance?

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By Byron Udell | May 2, 2019

If your blood sugar is slightly elevated, should this be a red flag regarding your health? How could pre-diabetic glucose readings affect your chances of getting life insurance? The truth is the healthier you are, the lower your life insurance rates will be. There are six main factors that can raise your life insurance rates and one of them…

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How Guaranteed Universal Life Insurance Can Save You

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By Byron Udell | April 26, 2019

One problem with today’s popular level term policies is that when the term ends, and you receive the premium notice for the next year, you better be sitting down! Why? Because the premium increases at the end of the initial term (typically 10, 20, or 30 years) are MASSIVE. Take a look at your policy…

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Can I Get Non-Smoker Life Insurance Rates if I’m Only Vaping?

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By Byron Udell | April 23, 2019

In certain circles, cigarette smoking has become rather unfashionable. You can’t smoke at your work desk. You can’t smoke inside public buildings. You can’t smoke on planes (whoever thought that was a good idea?). What’s a smoker to do? Well, in recent years some cigarette smokers have switched to a more socially acceptable form of…

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6 Factors That May Raise Your Life Insurance Rates

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By Byron Udell | April 17, 2019

Insurance costs vary and depend on a number of factors.  Age, sex, medical history, profession, and location are a few examples of the factors that go into calculating insurance premiums. Taking precautions and cutting out bad habits or improving on certain lifestyle shortcomings can result in lower rates.  Factors that can raise your life insurance premium…

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Can Prostate Cancer Survivors Get Life Insurance?

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By Byron Udell | April 12, 2019

More men are surviving prostate cancer. But can you still buy affordable life insurance? Find out more about prostate cancer life insurance options. For many men over a certain age, getting an annual physical exam is no big deal. Except for one particular test. And if you’re a male, you know what test I’m talking…

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What Is Breach of Utmost Good Faith?

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By Byron Udell | April 10, 2019

When it comes to buying life insurance, honesty is the best policy. A “breach of utmost good faith” to your carrier can have catastrophic consequences to your coverage. To find out more, read on. Insurance, like most contracts between consumers and a business, is built on trust. A common law principle, “utmost good faith,” is…

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Can I Get Life Insurance if I’m Not a U.S. Citizen?

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By Byron Udell | March 27, 2019

Is there life insurance for non-U.S. citizens? For the surprising answer, read on. Here’s a question we’re asked every once in a while here at AccuQuote: “Can I get life insurance if I am not a U.S. citizen?” The short answer is…yes. You may qualify for a life insurance policy here in the U.S., but…

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Jason Sherman’s Real Life, Life Insurance Story

Jason Sherman lost his beloved wife in a tragic car accident.

By Byron Udell | March 22, 2019

Jason Sherman lost his wife in a tragic car accident. When the kids were young, his wife, Nicole, urged Jason to get more life insurance. That life insurance was godsend after Nicole’s death. For more, read on. Jason and Nicole Sherman had the perfect marriage. They had two great kids. Jason had a super sales…

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