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Accessing Your Accelerated Death Benefit Can Be a Lifesaver

By Byron Udell | March 13, 2017

Having access to a policy’s Accelerated Death Benefit and adding a Waiver of Premium rider to your life insurance can help families better cope with a spouse’s terminal illness. Don Wachtel loved to fix and restore things. He was an expert tile craftsman, with a thriving business, and a good provider to his wife, Tonia…

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Danica Patrick Knows Race Cars and Life Insurance

By Byron Udell | February 24, 2017

Professional NASCAR driver Danica Patrick is competing in this year’s Daytona 500 race. Race car drivers live with risk every day. That’s why Danica is a strong believer in life insurance. Because you never know. This Sunday is the 59th running of the Daytona 500. Professional race car driver Danica Patrick is one of the…

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Life Insurance Helped Dan Keep His Family Together

By Byron Udell | February 8, 2017

Having life insurance helped Dan Claus stay in his home and spend more time with his kids after his wife passed away from cancer. This is his story. When Dan and Peggy Claus found out that an abandoned 100-year old Victorian house was perched right smack in the pathway of a planned highway project, they…

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Life Insurance Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

By Byron Udell | January 24, 2017

To quote from a famous novel from the early seventies: “Love is never having to say you’re sorry.” The same can be said of life insurance. Protecting the future of your family with life insurance is one of the greatest acts of love there is. When you have life insurance, you never have to say…

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Listen to What Danica Patrick Says About Life Insurance

By Byron Udell | October 13, 2016

200 million people know why professional race car driver Danica Patrick thinks life insurance is so important. Shouldn’t YOU? As a professional race car driver, Danica Patrick lives with the unexpected every day. When you make your living driving at speeds of 200 miles an hour, you know that death can potentially lurk around every…

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Forrest Wold-McGimsey – Not Enough Time

By Byron Udell | May 5, 2016

Forrest Wold-McGimsey learned firsthand why both parents need life insurance. To find out more, read on. Life can change in an instant. Things happen. And sometimes not for the better. Like the tragic loss of a parent. And when a mother or father dies before their time, the survivors are in for a world of…

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Anne Gongos – His Final Gift

By Byron Udell | April 19, 2016

Anne Gongos lost her husband, John, too young. But thanks to John’s life insurance, Anne was able to keep John’s business intact and her family financially protected. To hear more, read on. John Gongos always knew that life insurance was important. When he was a child, he learned firsthand how essential it could be. When…

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Nicolas Virgen – Still Watching Over Them

By Byron Udell | April 12, 2016

Nobody thinks they need life insurance. Until they do. Here’s another all-too-common tale that explains why life insurance is so important. meet Nicolas Virgen. As we all know, life can change in an instant. One minute things can be going great, and the next minute, your life can get turned upside-down. It happens more often…

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Jim Stacherski – A Welcomed Benefit

By Byron Udell | April 5, 2016

Jim Stacherski and his wife, Judy, were high school sweethearts. But fate pulled them apart. Thirty years later, they reunited and got married. Their life together was perfect. Until Judy was diagnosed with breast cancer. Luckily, her life insurance had a feature that helped her in her final days. To hear more, read on. Jim…

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Peg Ogonowski – When the Unthinkable Happens

By Byron Udell | March 29, 2016

Peg Ogonowski lost her husband during 9/11. Now she was a widow with three young daughters. Luckily, the family had life insurance. To hear more, read on. How do you conceive of the inconceivable? It might seem like an abstract question, but it wasn’t abstract to Peg Ogonowski on September 11, 2001. On that day,…

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