Learn more about life insurance
What is life insurance?
Life insurance is a contract that provides payment to named beneficiaries in the event the insured person dies while the policy is in force.
Who is life insurance for?
Life insurance is primarily used to replace or provide income for anyone who may struggle financially with the death of a family member. Life insurance is also useful for tax-aware investors and business owners seeking to provide future financial support for their loved ones.
Why choose a life insurance policy?
Life insurance can help your beneficiaries replace sudden loss of income, protect and transfer family wealth and potentially pay estate taxes associated with your passing.
Life insurance with J.P. Morgan
- Explore a range of life insurance products from our trusted network of carriers.
- Get support from our dedicated life insurance specialists, who are ready to guide you through the selection process.
- Benefit from our deep understanding of the role that life insurance can play in wealth management.
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JPMorgan Chase and its affiliates do not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax, legal or accounting advice. You should consult your own tax, legal and accounting advisors before engaging in any transaction.
Why choose JPMC to partner with to fulfill your life insurance planning needs?
At J.P. Morgan Wealth Management, we take the time to understand your financial objectives, and we work with you to build a strategy that addresses your goals and objectives. We help you manage risk in various aspects of your life so you can focus on what matters most to you. Adding a life insurance policy to your overall plan can be an effective way to protect your wealth or business and provide security for the ones you love. For more information about our insurance platform, please contact your J.P. Morgan Private Client Advisor.
Frequently Asked Questions
Life insurance is a contract that requires an insurance company to pay a sum of money to designated beneficiaries in the event of the insured’s death. In exchange for the death benefit, the policyholder makes regular payments to the insurance company. Life insurance coverage comes in various forms designed to meet a range of circumstances and needs.
After selecting a plan that’s appropriate for you and your family, you will typically answer questions about your health, age, lifestyle and similar factors as part of the application process. This helps assess your eligibility for the policy and helps determine the cost of premiums—the regular amount you pay for your plan. The insurance company may also request that you undertake certain medical tests.
Some life insurance policies contain an investment component, which may help offset part, or all, of the premium if it performs well. Death benefits are typically not subject to income tax, though state taxes may apply based on jurisdiction.
The two main types of life insurance are term life insurance and permanent life insurance.
As the name suggests, term life insurance is for a set period, generally 10, 15, 20 or 30 years. At the end of the term, the policy lapses and the death benefit expires. Some policies, however, contain an option to extend the term or even convert the policy into permanent life insurance.
Permanent life insurance provides coverage throughout the life of the insured. It is typically more expensive than term life insurance and comes in several varieties, including whole life, universal life and variable life insurance. One type of permanent life insurance includes a long-term care (LTC) rider, which allows policyholders to receive some of its benefits while still alive, if they require long-term care.
Other permanent life insurance policies allow certain changes to the death benefit and premiums, such as the ability to increase or decrease such terms as the insured’s needs change. Some contain a cash component that the policyholder can borrow against for different purposes.
It very much depends on the policy, but aside from the length of coverage there are normally two main differences. Term life insurance is typically less expensive than whole life insurance, which is designed to provide lifetime coverage to the insured. Whole life insurance accumulates cash value over time.
There is no uniform approach to determining how much life insurance to buy一the appropriate policy and level of insurance will differ from person to person. Consider such factors as your age, income, health status and the potential financial impact on your loved ones in the event of your death. You should also think about how your life insurance integrates with your broader wealth management strategy.
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