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What is Life Insurance? :

Life Insurance is a contract for payment of a sum of money to the person assured (or failing him/her, to the person entitled to receive the same) on the happening of the event insured against. Usually the contract provides for the payment of an amount on the date of maturity or at specified dates at periodic intervals or at unfortunate death, if it occurs earlier. Among other things, the contract also provides for the payment of premium periodically to the Corporation by the assured.

Life insurance is universally acknowledged to be an institution which eliminates 'risk', substituting certainty for uncertainty and comes to the timely aid of the family in the unfortunate event of death of the breadwinner. By and large, life insurance is civilisation's partial solution to the problems caused by death. Life insurance, in short, is concerned with two hazards that stand across the life-path of every person: that of dying prematurely leaving a dependent family to fend for itself and that of living to old age without visible means of support.

Why is it superior to other forms of Savings ?

Protection:

Savings through life insurance guarantee full protection against risk of death of the saver. In life insurance, on death, the full sum assured is payable (with bonuses wherever applicable) whereas in other savings schemes, only the amount saved (with interest) is payable.

Aid to thrift:

Life insurance encourages 'thrift'. Long term saving can be made in a relatively 'painless' manner because of the 'easy instalment' facility built into the scheme (method of paying premium either monthly, quarterly, half yearly or yearly). Take, for example, our Salary Saving Scheme popularly known as SSS. This scheme provides a convenient method of paying premium each month by deduction from one's salary. The deducted premium is remitted by the employer to the LIC. The Salary Saving Scheme can be introduced in an institution or establishment subject to specified terms and conditions.


Liquidity:


Loans can be raised on the sole security of a policy which has acquired loan value. Besides, a life insurance policy is also generally accepted as security for even a commercial loan.

Tax Relief:


Tax relief in Income Tax and Wealth Tax is available for amounts paid by way of premium for life insurance subject to Income Tax rates in force. Assessees can avail themselves of provisions in the law for tax relief. In such cases the assured in effect pays a lower premium for his insurance than he would have to pay otherwise.

Money when you need it:

A suitable insurance plan or a combination of different plans can be taken out to meet specific needs that are likely to arise in future, such as children's education, start-in-life or marriage provision or even periodical needs for cash over a stretch of time. Alternatively, policy moneys can be so arranged to be made available at the time of one's retirement from service to be used for any specific purpose, such as for the purchase of a house or for other investments. Subject to certain conditions, loans are granted to policyholders for house building or for purchase of flats.

Who can buy a Life Insurance Policy ?

Any person who has attained majority and is eligible to enter into a valid contract can take out a life insurance policy for himself and on those in whom he has insurable interest. Policies can also be taken out, subject to certain conditions, on the life of one's spouse or children. While underwriting proposals, factors such as the state of health of the life to be assured, the proponent's income and other relevant factors are considered by the Corporation.

Source: LICIndia.com
  Insurance Services Companies
  Birla Sun Life
  HDFC Standard Life
  ICICI Pru
  Life Insurance Corporation
  Om Kotak Mahindra
  New India Assurance Company
  National Insurance Company
  Oriental Insurance Company
  Royal Sundaram Alliance Insurance Co. Ltd.
  Tata AIG
  United India Insurance Company (Tel: 91 - 044 - 8520161/ 4017/ 4042 Fax: 044 - 8525280 )
  Max New York Life
   
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