Top Insurance Questions Answered by Insurance Agents – Part 3

Insurance can be confusing and that’s why some of our agents took the time to answer a few of the most frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions or need additional clarification, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact your local OKFB agent today!

What is Insurance?

Insurance is a contract between you and a provider. You pay your premiums (typically monthly or annually) and an insurance company agrees to pay for your covered losses. It can help protect you from the financial consequences of unexpected events, such as car accidents, fires, or theft.

What Does Homeowners Insurance Cover?

Homeowners Insurance can help protect your home and possessions from damage or loss due to covered perils. This can include fire, windstorm, hail, water damage and theft. It also offers personal liability coverage. It can also help financially protect you if you are sued for causing property damage or someone is severely injured at your home.

What Does It Not Cover?

Every home policy is unique to each individual, location, cost of a home, and past credit history. To cover other aspects, you may need extended coverage. Have an open conversation with your agent about which parts of your policy may need to be expanded (i.e. by-laws, earthquakes, floods, etc.). However, typical wear and tear is not covered and should be maintained over time.

What Does Auto Insurance Cover?

Auto coverage can help financially protect you if you are in covered accident. It may cover damage to a car, as well as potential medical expenses and property damage incurred by you or other people involved in the accident.

Does a Small Business Need Insurance?

A business that is run through your home by one or two people might not need workers’ compensation insurance, but it could need more coverage than your average homeowner’s policy. Make sure to double-check your home liability and property policy to see whether you are financially covered. Be sure to stay in touch with your OKFB agent about your business coverage needs.

What is the Difference Between Term Life and Whole Life Insurance?

Term life insurance provides coverage for a specific period of time, such as 20 years. Whole life insurance provides coverage for your entire life. Term life typically has lower premiums than whole life, but it does not build cash value. Whole life typically has higher premiums than term life policies, but it builds cash value over time.

We hope you found these questions and answers helpful! If you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to connect with us. We would be happy to help you find the coverage that best meets your home, auto, commercial, and life insurance needs.  

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4 Tips for End-of-Life Planning

Whether you practice healthy eating habits or exercise daily, it’s important to do end-of-life planning to help ensure that you receive the care needed and can allocate assets to your loved ones. Unsure of where to begin? Here are our top four tips to consider when creating an end-of-life plan:

  1. Gather Important Documents

A good first step is to gather all your important documents and paperwork. For example:

  • Social Security card
  • Birth certificate 
  • Power of attorney 
  • Bills and bank statements
  • Insurance policies

Note that when you’re not accessing these documents, it could be good to ensure they are stored in a safe place, like a fireproof safe or safety deposit box. Remember to let your executor or a family member know where and how to access these documents in case of an emergency. 

  1. Determine End-of-Life Care

Two of the most crucial aspects of end-of-life planning is determining what care you plan to receive and identifying who will be helping you along the way. For instance, if you’re unable to make decisions for yourself, the person you identify in an advance directive can choose the course of treatment you receive. 

Creating an advance directive is one way to ensure your family knows what your wishes are. A health care provider can help with this process and can answer any questions you may have. 

  1. Consult an Estate Lawyer 

End-of-life planning can be an overwhelming process, and important decisions could be overlooked. Consider consulting an estate lawyer as they can help with the following documents: 

  • Living Will 
  • Last Will and Testament 
  • Living Trust 
  • Letter of Intent 
  • Financial Power of Attorney 
  • Health Care Power of Attorney 
  • Letter of Competency 
  • Organ Donor Card 
  • Do Not Resuscitate Order 
  • HIPAA Release 

Ensuring these documents are prepared can provide peace of mind and may even reduce stress for your family during a difficult time.  

  1. Decide on a Life Insurance Policy 

If you haven’t already, consider purchasing a life insurance policy and designate your beneficiaries. Life Insurance policies could help your family continue to pay bills and other expenses after you pass. Oklahoma Farm Bureau Insurance offers three types of Life Insurance policies: 

  • Term Life 
  • Whole Life 
  • Universal Life 

Term Life

Term Life policies can protect your family or business for a set amount of time, or a set “term.” Once the determined term ends, so does the coverage. Learn more about Term Life Insurance.

Whole Life

Whole life policies insures an individual for their entire life. It offers financial protection for your loved ones and gives them access to an accumulated cash value that was determined with your insurance provider. Learn more about Whole Life Insurance

Universal Life

Life is full of unknowns, so you may prefer a plan with some flexibility. Universal Life is similar to a Whole Life insurance policy, but it allows you to adjust elements in your policy along the way, like premium payments and death benefits. 

End-of-life planning is all about ensuring that your loved ones are protected. If you want to make changes to your existing policy, or are thinking about purchasing a plan, contact your local OKFB agent to discuss your options. Our life insurance calculator is also a great tool to help you understand the amount of coverage that’s right for you.

Top Insurance Questions Answered by Insurance Agents – Part 2

Insurance helps to ensure that your assets are covered from a range of incidents. To help you feel confident when shopping for insurance we have answered five common insurance questions our agents commonly receive.

1. Are home-based businesses covered under a homeowners policy?

A homeowners policy protects homes from unexpected incidents and damage. However, it can be difficult to know what exactly a homeowner’s policy will cover for a home-based business. For example, unlike a homeowners policy, a small business insurance policy would cover the inventory stored in a home, a vehicle that is used for business, etc.

2. Does my homeowners policy cover damage if my tree falls on my neighbors’ property because of a tornado or ice storm?

Typically, if a tree or part of it from your property falls on your neighbors’ property and causes damage because of a tornado or ice storm, you will not be held liable. Your neighbors would file a claim with their insurance company. Our claims reporting hotline is available 24/7 and is ready to help whenever you need.

3. When should I get Life Insurance?

Did you know obtaining Life Insurance while you’re young and healthy is usually the most optimal time to obtain it? This is the period of time where an individual will most likely benefit from lower rates. Use our life insurance calculator to determine how much Life Insurance coverage may be needed. Obtaining Life Insurance as soon as you are able is beneficial in the long-run. It can provide peace of mind when thinking about loved ones.

4. Does Auto Insurance cover a hit-and-run accident?

In most cases an Auto Insurance policy will cover vehicle damage, possible medical bills, etc. in the case that a car accident occurs and the individual at fault intentionally leaves without providing contact information.

5. What do I need to do to file an insurance claim? 

Don’t delay taking action after an event that damages your property if you suspect it may make you eligible to file a claim. Start by contacting your agent, or using your carrier’s online claims tool – we have several claims options to choose from. Make sure to have your contact information, policy number and detailed information of the incident ready when you file. 

If you have additional insurance questions, check out our FAQs. Also, you can always contact your local OKFB agent with any inquiries or questions about your policy or specific coverage needs.

4 Changes That Affect Life Insurance

If you’re like most, your world can change very quickly. Growing up can lead to major life events, and you’ll want to have the right policy to match. Whether you already have coverage or are thinking about getting it, check out these four life changes that could impact how much coverage is needed. 

Marriage/Divorce

Getting married is exciting, but it can also prompt changes to a your policy. For example, you may decide to designate your spouse as the beneficiary. Having Life Insurance in place is a way to economically protect each other’s future. Additionally, going through a divorce can be a difficult time and can also prompt changes. You might consider changing the beneficiary on the policy or designating the policy to cover child support payments.

Children

As a family grows, there are many changes that could affect a Life Insurance policy. Consider adjusting the policy to pay for daycare, save for college or other child care expenses. Updating or obtaining Life Insurance when having children could ensure your family has the resources to maintain a home, costs of child care, schooling and more. Additionally, if your child is now an adult and financially independent, a reduction in coverage may be possible.

Mortgage 

Paying off a mortgage can lead to a decrease in living costs and thus may reduce the amount of Life Insurance needed. Alternatively, a higher mortgage on a new home could mean an increase in the policy is needed. Adjusting this coverage can ensure your family has financial help to maintain mortgage payments should you no longer be able to provide your source of income due to death.

New Job/Promotion

A new job or promotion could mean an increase in salary. You may want to reevaluate Life Insurance coverage to ensure your family can afford the lifestyle they’ve become accustomed to. If you were depending on a policy through a former employer, you may be able to keep that plan or replace it with one from a new workplace.

If you have Life Insurance or are thinking about obtaining it, contact an OKFB agent to talk through options. Our Life Insurance calculator can be a great tool to help understand the amount of coverage that is right for you! Remember, Life Insurance is about ensuring your loved ones are financially secure.