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What do you know about term policy lapse? Are you planning to revive a lapsed policy? Do you know about the challenges that you might encounter in policy revival? When do you think is it feasible to revive a policy?
If you are not aware of the insurance lapse meaning, or if your mind is boggling with all the above questions, you must read the blog till the end to have a better idea of the same.
Term policy is a life insurance policy that covers you and your family with financial protection against any mishap. Term policies are easily affordable and must be kept active to be able to avail the benefits of the policy. And the basic requirement for this is to pay the premiums on time. Because if you skip a payment, your policy might lapse.
In most cases, life insurance companies allow a 15 day grace time for policy premium payment. For monthly premium, this grace time starts from the due date till the next 15 days. For quarterly premium, this grace period is allowed for up to 30 days. Even if you are paying your premium six monthly or yearly, the grace period still remains for 30 days. So, if the insured doesn’t pay the premium before the end of the grace time, the policy gets lapsed.
If your term policy gets lapsed you will not be able to enjoy the coverage and remaining benefits after your grace period is over. Your nominee will also not be able to make any death claims after the lapse of the policy.
Two situation might occur in case a term policy gets lapsed:
Situation 1 – You will have to make all the payment of the premiums that are due on your policy along with paying the charges of penalty.
Situation 2 – You might buy a new term life plan from another insurance company.
Lets understand both the situations with examples:
For the first situation, let’s assume you bought a life cover of rupees 1 Crore ten years back at the age of 35. You paid premiums for the first seven years at 14,900 rupees per year, while you dropped premiums for next three years. Your policy tenure is 25 years and you are now 45 years old and want to revive the lapse plan. In most cases, you are required to pay over 9.5% per annum as penalty on lapse policy. So, in this situation you will have to pay a penalty of Rupees 9,044 along with paying the premium for three years that you haven’t paid, which will come to around Rupees 44,700. Thus, if you calculate for the next 15 years, you will be paying over 2.68 lakh rupees if you revive the policy for the entire policy term, including the fine and premium arrears.
Now let us take the second situation of policy lapse and analyze:
Here, if you can ignore the previous policy and buy new term plan. But, again you must keep in mind that premiums for term plans increases with age. So, if you take the above situation and calculate, you were levied 14,900 rupees premium per year at the age of 35. However, at 45 years if you seek a new term policy, you will be levied with a premium of almost 24,650 rupees. Thus, the total payments that you will be paying till you turn 60 years will be around 3.7 lakh rupees.
So, as you can see if you compare both the situations, it is better for you to revive the policy that has lapsed rather than getting a new one.
However, you must understand that there are many things including years of lapse or tenure of the policy on which the result depends. So, don’t get confused. You must seek professional help if required as well as understand and analyze things clearly before deciding on reviving a policy or buying a new one.
Hence, do the calculations well. Further, you must also analyze other things besides low premiums. Some such things to consider are:
So, make the right decision after considering all the above aspects.
Below are some important things that you must take note of regarding term insurance lapse.
Reviving a term life insurance policy might be a tedious job. It might also be a costly affair if you have skipped many premiums. This is because you will have to pay for the missed premiums as well as the fine levied on you for those premium years. Thus, reviving a term policy that has lapsed without surrender value, depends on numerous things. So, it is advised to calculate and analyze very possible aspect before deciding on whether to renew a policy or purchase a new policy altogether.
Also Read: Best 1 Crore Term Insurance Plans In India
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