Many people ignore disability insurance in comparison to life insurance.
However, the problem is that there is a much higher probability that you will have a long-term disability than there is dying before the age of 65.
In fact, if you are between the age of 35 and 65 there is a 50% chance that you have been, you are, or you will face a long-term disability.
Below are some of the rules of thumb you want to follow when trying to find good disability insurance.
#1: It Should Cover At Least 60% of Your Income Good disability insurance will cover at least 60% of your income.
Anything on top of that is great, but anything below that may not be enough to get you through a rough time.
Generally people live with so much debt, that anything less than 60% isn't adequate protection.
The exception would be if there are two people working and one becomes disabled.
#2: It Should Have an "Own Occupation Policy" Many times these disability insurance policies have a clause that requires "any occupation.
" This is generally referring to the fact that you may be required to change your line of work for your insurance coverage to pay out to you.
#3: Should Have a Lengthy Benefit Period Another trick that many disability insurance companies will play on you is that they will have a high payout in terms of percentage of your income, but you might get the money for far less time.
Which would you rather have: $700 per month for 6 months or $650 for a year? These are the factors you have to look at.
Generally, you should always go for the lengthier benefit period regardless even if you have to take a decreased amount per month.
#4: Short Waiting Period A lot of times what these insurance companies will do is make you wait a lengthy time before you ever receive your benefits.
So while the benefit period may extend to a year, you have to wait 6 months before you ever get your first check.
Generally, shorter waiting periods are more expensive and this may have to be determined by your wallet.
However, it is something you should be aware of before picking a disability insurance provider.