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How to Get Life Insurance

Buying life insurance is like buying anything else. Shopping around, talking to friends, and learning more can help you get the best product. Here's how you can find the company and deal that are right for you:

1. Talk to people you trust: Find out who has had good (and bad) experiences with their insurance companies and agents. It's a good sign if someone is very happy with their insurance agent. You may want to use that agent as well. But keep in mind that your situation may be different. Find out what to look for when choosing an insurance agent.

You can also read what other people have to say about their insurance companies online at Epinions.com.

2. Get online quotes and comparison shop: There are a number of services on the Internet that act as "insurance marketplaces" and some only take a few minutes to give you quotes. Here's how they work:

  1. You fill out information about your health and income.
  2. They analyze your information with their insurance company partners.
  3. They give you a list of their partner companies that will offer you the best deals.
There are a number of websites that offer this service. Get recommendations.

3. Go with a company you know and trust: If you don't want to take the time to compare prices from different companies, you may want to just go with a company you already know and trust. Large companies are a good place to start because their visibility helps ensure that they are stable and provide reasonable customer service. Get recommendations.

4. Remember that price is important but so is security: This is especially important for life insurance. If your insurance company goes out of business, you're out of luck. And buying life insurance is much more expensive as you get older. So make sure whatever company you choose is trustworthy and in good financial shape. You can learn how secure they are by checking their Standard & Poor Rating (to be safe, go with a company that is rated "A," "AA," or "AAA").

5. Learn even more: The more you know about life insurance, the better prepared you will be to make the right decisions. So while the Beehive is a great place to start, there are other sites that can offer you additional information.

If you have medical problems, including depression, diabetes and other chronic conditions, you may have trouble finding life insurance.

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