Almost each one of us has bought or plans to buy life insurance. The usualprocess is contact an insurance agent who helps you estimate the policy value and goes ahead and buys the policy on your behalf. So you feel good that you now have a life policy showing how much you worth! Take a step back before you buy that policy. Have you ever considered buying more then one policy value you desire? There are some great gains in doing so. These are....
During Financial lows
If you go through a situation where you are financially constrained to surrender your life policy, you will lose the cover for the entire policy even if you do not need the entire surrender value of the policy. For instance if your policy's surrender value is Rs 10 Lakh and you need Rs 4 Lakh cash, you will have to cancel the entire policy and lose life over completely. had this policy of Rs 10 lakh been taken as 2 policies of Rs 5 lakh each, you could have surrendered just one policy. You would still remain covered for Rs 5 lakh!
Distributing your estate
Breaking up your life policy help in this count too. Taking the same example, instead of having one Rs 10 lakh policy, having 2 Rs 5 Lakh policies helps allocate your estate among your children ( this is an ideal situiation if you have 2 children - each child gets proceeds from one policy).
Taking a loan
You can use your life policy as a pledgeable security while taking a loan. Lenders as well as the insurer usually offers loans up to a specified percentage of the surrender value of the policy. If you dont need a loan to the extent of the amount you are eligible for, you will still have to offer the entire policy as security to the lender till the repayment of the loan. During the period the policy remains with the lender, he is eligible for all the rights to the policy. However if you break up your policies, you need to pledge only just that many policies to raise the necessary loan.
Section 88 of the Income Tax Act states that premium paid on a life policy is eligible for tax rebate. The beneficiary may be different from the premium paying person. For instance your wife can pay premium for your policy and claim the tax benefit. Breaking up for life policy helps in this case too. If the premium paid on a consolidated policy is higher than the amount of rebate you need, you can break the policy to claim the entire tax rebate. This can be done by another tax paying family member paying the premium for one policy and claiming the rebate.
Meeting your life goals
You can divide your life insurance portfolio into a number of policies spread over different tenors to give you a stream of steady income to take care of your life's financial commitments like children's education and marriage, buying property, asving up for your old age etc. Check out specific plans structured by insurers specifically for these