Picking the Right Insurance Plan For You

The Chamberlain Law Firm

Exploring insurance plans in New Jersey is crucial for both financial security and maintaining family harmony during difficult times. In this article, we’ll explore various aspects of insurance and the importance of long-term care coverage.

What is an Insurance Policy?

An insurance policy is a contractual agreement designed to provide protection against specific losses and injuries in return for payment of a premium. Insurance serves as a safeguard against various adverse events, including death, illness, accidents, fires, floods, and more. There are many types of insurance, such as life, medical, dental, disability, home, and vehicle insurance. Essentially, insurance can cover almost anything as long as one is willing to pay the premiums.

To select the most suitable insurance for your needs, start by identifying the types required. Health insurance is often a necessity, while property insurance (for your home and vehicles) is crucial. Additionally, consider disability insurance to complement benefits from state disability plans like SSDI or Worker’s Compensation. If you’re a self-employed professional, you should also consider malpractice insurance to mitigate personal liability.

What is Life Insurance?

Life insurance provides financial support to beneficiaries upon the insured individual’s demise. It can be structured as a lump sum payment (more prevalent) or distributed over time. Some individuals opt for periodic payouts as they believe their beneficiaries may struggle with a lump sum. Typically, people purchase life insurance to provide for their spouse and/or children. However, it can also serve as a means to ensure immediate cash availability to cover post-death expenses.

There are two main categories of life insurance: term and permanent.

Term Life Insurance:

  • Covers a specific period (e.g., a certain number of years).
  • Coverage expires when the term ends.
  • Usually more affordable.
  • Useful for younger parents with dependent children or for securing a business loan.
  • Variations include automatically renewable policies without a medical examination, fixed premiums for the first year, fixed premiums for several years, and conversion options to permanent insurance.

Permanent Life Insurance:

  • Generally more expensive but offers more benefits.
  • It cannot be canceled, provided you continue to pay premiums, regardless of age or the duration of the policy.
  • Serves as an investment vehicle, with initial payments directed into a reserve account that the company invests.
  • Returns can be used to pay premiums or borrowed against.
  • Various types, such as whole life, universal, variable, variable universal, single-premium, survivorship, and “first to die.”
  • Extra coverage options include accidental death, family income benefit, coverage for spouse and children, waiver of premium, renewal provision, and withdrawal provision.

Before acquiring life insurance, consider the following factors:

  1. Assess Your Need: Determine whether you truly need life insurance based on your financial circumstances and obligations.
  2. Survivor’s Income: Evaluate the available sources of income for your survivors, including property, proceeds from other policies, social security, and assistance from other family members.
  3. After-Death Expenses: Take into account the expenses that may arise after your passing, such as funeral and burial costs.
  4. Support for Surviving Spouse and Children: Consider the financial support required to maintain your surviving spouse and children’s quality of life.
  5. Benefits for Others: Think about whether there are other individuals or causes you wish to provide for through your life insurance policy.

By carefully assessing these factors, you can make an informed decision about whether life insurance is necessary for your specific situation.

Considerations When Naming Life Insurance Beneficiaries 

When designating beneficiaries for your life insurance policy, it’s essential to consider the following:

  1. Cash for Post-Death Expenses: If you intend to allocate funds for covering post-death expenses, you can name your executor as a beneficiary to facilitate the process.
  2. Benefits for Surviving Spouse/Children: If your goal is to provide benefits for your surviving spouse or adult children, ensure you name them as beneficiaries accordingly.
  3. Minor Children: For minor children who cannot own property, you may want to establish a trust or designate a guardian to manage their interests until they reach adulthood.

By keeping these considerations in mind, you can tailor your beneficiary designations to align with your specific intentions and circumstances.


In conclusion, insurance plans, such as life insurance and long-term care insurance, play crucial roles in safeguarding your financial well-being and addressing various life circumstances. Understanding the types of insurance available and beneficiary considerations empowers individuals to make informed choices that best suit their financial goals and provide peace of mind for the future. Whether it’s protecting loved ones through life insurance or preparing for potential long-term care needs, these financial tools are valuable assets in securing a stable and worry-free future.

As always, consulting with an estate planning attorney can provide valuable guidance into how to best protect your assets and heirs. If you have questions about how insurance fits into your estate plan, give The Chamberlain Law Firm a call today at (201) 273-9763. For more insight on estate planning, be sure to check out our other Estate Planning Articles

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as legal advice. In the event you would like to speak with a lawyer about the specifics of your case, contact The Chamberlain Law Firm to schedule a consultation.

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