Life insurance is a contract between an insurance policy holder and an insurer or assurer, where the insurer promises to pay a designated beneficiary a sum of money in exchange for a premium, upon the death of an insured person.
MetLife-American Life Insurance Company Limited
MetLife is a branch of MetLife, Inc. operating in Nepal since 5 December 2001. It is foreign company based granted an insurance license in Nepal, MetLife is based on Life Insurance, Accident & Health Insurance and Employee Benefits insurers in the country. It provides service to local communities, understanding their needs and providing them protection solutions through our network of professional agents and institutional partners. It's aim is to be an agile organization of dedicated professionals committed to insurances services.
Following documents are required while applying for a life insurance policy:
- Duly filled Proposal Form
- Passport Sized Photograph of the Proposer
- Age Proof of the Proposer- Birth certificate/Citizenship
- Photo Identity Proof of the Proposer- Citizenship, driver license
- Address Proof of the Proposer
- Medical Examination Report of the Proposer
- Proof of Income Source
- PAN Card of the Proposer/Life Assured
Life insurance is a contract between an insurer and a policyholder. A life insurance policy guarantees the insurer pays a sum of money to named beneficiaries when the insured policyholder dies, in exchange for the premiums paid by the policyholder during their lifetime. Insurance, you pay premiums for a specific term and in return, we provide you with a Life Cover. This Life Cover secures your loved ones’ future by paying a lump sum amount in case of an unfortunate event. In some policies, you are paid an amount called Maturity Benefit at the end of the policy term.
Types of Life Insurance
Many different types of life insurance are available to meet all sorts of needs and preferences.
Term Life :
Term life insurance lasts a certain number of years, then ends. You choose the term when you take out the policy. Common terms are 10, 20, or 30 years. The best term life insurance policies balance affordability with long-term financial strength.
Level Term :
The premiums are the same every year.
Increasing Term :
The premiums are lower when you're younger and increase as you get older. This is also called a “yearly renewable term.”
Return of Premium:
Return of premium (ROP) policies include a built-in savings mechanism. You'll pay a flat rate for the duration of your policy, but unlike traditional term life insurance, you'll get your money back at the end of the term.
In this case, the policyholder pays the entire premium upfront instead of making monthly, quarterly, or annual payments.
Whole life insurance is a type of permanent life insurance that accumulates cash value.
A type of permanent life insurance with a cash value component that earns interest, universal life insurance has premiums that are comparable to term life insurance. Unlike term and whole life, the premiums and death benefit can be adjusted over time.
This is a type of universal life insurance that does not build cash value and typically has lower premiums than whole life.
With variable universal life insurance, the policyholder is allowed to invest the policy’s cash value.
This is a type of universal life insurance that lets the policyholder earn a fixed or equity-indexed rate of return on the cash value component.
Burial or Final Expense:
This is a type of permanent life insurance that has a small death benefit. Despite the names, beneficiaries can use the death benefit as they wish.
A type of permanent life insurance available to people with medical issues that would otherwise make them uninsurable, guaranteed issue life insurance will not pay a death benefit during the first two years the policy is in force (unless the death is accidental) due to the high risk of insuring the person. However, the insurer will return the policy premiums plus interest to the beneficiaries if the insured dies during that period.
Benefit of Life Insurance
Life insurance provides financial support to surviving dependents or other beneficiaries after the death of an insured. Here are some examples of people who may need life insurance:
- Parents with minor children: If a parent dies, the loss of their income or caregiving skills could create a financial hardship. Life insurance can make sure the kids will have the financial resources they need until they can support themselves.
- Parents with special-needs adult children: For children who require lifelong care and will never be self-sufficient, life insurance can make sure their needs will be met after their parents pass away. The death benefit can be used to fund a special needs trust that a fiduciary will manage for the adult child’s benefit.1
- Adults who own property together: Married or not, if the death of one adult would mean that the other could no longer afford loan payments, upkeep, and taxes on the property, life insurance may be a good idea. An example would be an engaged couple who took out a joint mortgage to buy their first house.
- Elderly parents who want to leave money to adult children who provide their care: Many adult children sacrifice by taking time off work to care for an elderly parent who needs help. This help may also include direct financial support. Life insurance can help reimburse the adult child’s costs when the parent passes away.
- Young adults whose parents incurred private student loan debt or cosigned a loan for them: Young adults without dependents rarely need life insurance, but if a parent will be on the hook for a child’s debt after their death, the child may want to carry enough life insurance to pay off that debt.
- Young adults who want to lock in low rates: The younger and healthier you are, the lower your insurance premiums. A 20-something adult might buy a policy even without having dependents if there is an expectation to have them in the future.
- Wealthy families who expect to owe estate taxes: Life insurance can provide funds to cover the taxes and keep the full value of the estate intact.
- Families who can’t afford burial and funeral expenses: A small life insurance policy can provide funds to honor a loved one’s passing.
- Businesses with key employees: If the death of a key employee, such as a CEO, would create a severe financial hardship for a firm, that firm may have an insurable interest that will allow it to purchase a life insurance policy on that employee.
- Married pensioners: Instead of choosing between a pension payout that offers a spousal benefit and one that doesn’t, pensioners can choose to accept their full pension and use some of the money to buy life insurance to benefit their spouse. This strategy is called pension maximization.