Term insurance is the most widely held type of life insurance. This is due to the fact that is much cheaper than universal life or whole life and is often taken out when the insured is younger and concerned about leaving a lump sum for income replacement for their beneficiaries.
Term insurance is sold in 10/15/20/25/30 year set maturities. Should the insured still be living when the term matures, the policy lapses and becomes worthless, unless the insured decides to convert the policy to a permanent universal life policy, which is too pricey for most insureds. This is why over 90% of term policies sold lapse without paying a death benefit.
Before your policy terms out, consider getting a no obligation offer for your policy from Life Insurance Settlements Inc. Policies owned by insureds 65 years plus may be eligible. Consider requesting an offer for your policy 4 to 6 months before the expiration date of the term policy.
We cover this topic in Episode 15 of the podcast, available here on the site.
Should you have any questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact Oleg Eydelman, the lief settlement expert featured on episode 15. Oleg can be reached at email@example.com and tell him you heard the interview on Ralphs podcast.