What is Return of Premium Term Life Insurance?

With a Return of Premium (ROP) Term Life insurance policy, the insurance company will pay your beneficiaries the death benefit should you die before the end of the term.  The benefit of this type of term policy is if you outlive the term of the policy, the insurance company will return to you 100% of the premiums you paid for the policy. 

An ROP Term Life insurance policy costs a bit more than a standard term policy.  Depending on your specific situation, it has its place among the varieties of life insurance.  There are many reasons why you might choose a ROP Term Life policy.

For example, many people going through a divorce and consulting with an attorney may have to carry life insurance on one or the other spouse for a period of time.  A divorced spouse may be required to purchase a term life policy on the risk that they might die during the time they are required to pay for alimony and/or child support. In these siutations, the beneficiary is the other spouse or children.  This insures that if they were to die, the insurance policy would cover the remaining alimony or child support. 

However, if the paying spouse is still alive at the end of the term, than the money paid for the life insurance policy could be considered wasted since “risk” they paid for did not occur.  By using a Return of Premium Term Life Insurance policy, the divorced spouse who paid for it would receive all the money back used to pay for the insurance policy. This money is TAX-FREE!

Check with your Retirement Insurance Solutions Specialist to determine when and why you might want to use a ROP Term Life Insurance policy for your specific situation.


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