It's Easy to do the Right Thing for Loved Ones

It should be easy to buy life insurance to help protect your loved ones. But for anyone without a Social Security number (SSN), it may get complicated. Farmers wants to help: We’ve removed certain barriers to allow more people to qualify for Farmers EssentialLife® Simple Whole Life (FESWL)1 or Farmers Simple Term Life2 insurance.

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Has Your Life (Insurance) Changed Recently?

Do you periodically evaluate your life insurance needs? If not, perhaps you should. As circumstances in our lives change, our life insurance needs may change as well. That’s why it’s a good idea to review your life insurance needs annually — more often if significant changes or life events occur. Here are some major life events that might trigger the need to re-evaluate your life insurance coverage:

  • The birth or adoption of a child — If you have children, you want to see them realize their hopes and dreams. These days, it’s difficult enough to make that happen with you in the picture. What if you or your spouse — or worse yet, both of you — were suddenly out of the picture? Would there be enough income to pay for day care, college, and everything in between? Life insurance may help you answer “yes” to these questions.
  • Change in marital status — If you’re newly married or just getting married, you probably share many dreams for the future — you also share each other’s financial obligations. If one of you were suddenly removed from the picture, would the surviving spouse have enough money to cover final expenses, eliminate debts such as credit card balances and car loans, and buy some time to adjust to a new way of life? If one of you were to die prematurely, life insurance may help ensure that these needs will be met.

    If you’re on your own now, whether through death or divorce, you may want to reassess your overall financial situation, including your life insurance needs. It’s almost like starting from scratch again because being on your own will likely affect just about every financial calculation you can think of.
  • Home purchase — If you and your spouse recently purchased a home, there’s a good chance you acquired a mortgage as well. Could your spouse manage the mortgage payments without your income? What about property taxes, routine maintenance, utilities and unforeseen repairs? How long would your spouse have before your dream house was up for sale? Life insurance coverage may help keep the family you love in the home they love.
  • Job change — If you recently changed jobs, a salary increase may have come with it. You may not realize it, but when your income increases, your spending tends to increase too. If something were to happen to you, you’d probably want your family to be able to maintain their new and improved lifestyle. That’s why it’s a good idea to reassess your life insurance coverage whenever your income rises.
  • Planning for college — College costs continue to increase so you may want to begin your college savings efforts sooner, in order to achieve your goals. Having a regular savings strategy is just one part of a balanced college funding plan. You may also want to consider a smart risk management strategy to help ensure that your college savings goals will be achieved even if you’re not there, and that strategy may include life insurance coverage.

Call me. Things may change but I can help you analyze your needs so that you can determine an appropriate strategy to support your individual objectives.

Tips to save -- April 17th is approaching

This year April 15th is on Sunday so the Internal Revenue Service extended the 2011 tax filing deadline to April 17th.1 That’s two extra days but many of us are still not prepared or even preparing.Don’t panic; there’s still last-minute strategies that may help to positively impact your 2011 tax return. Here are some tips you may wish to consider:

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Permanent Insurance: The Living Benefits

Permanent life insurance provides you with a valuable death benefit at a time of loss and need. But if you take a closer look, you'll see that it has the potential to offer so much more.

The Facts of Life

The death benefit provided by life insurance is a key component of a sound financial plan. The right amount of life insurance coverage can help you protect your family's current life style — without it, the loss of income could mean that a major change in lifestyle or standard of living may be required to meet expenses.

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December is a Great Time to Review Your Retirement

Whether retirement for you is next week, in a few years, or decades away, for most of us, there's a lot we can do to prepare for it. No matter what your age, it's a good idea to put aside money on a regular basis. And if you're wondering when to start preparing for retirement, the answer is today!

These are just a few of the common questions Americans ask themselves as they near retirement. Paul Cassidy can help you to answer those questions, and help you to feel good about your answers.

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