Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Common Insurance Mistakes

Here is a short story based on a real life example.

Mr.X passed away two months back after a sudden illness. He was 52 and is survived by his wife, college going daughter and school going son.

Mr.X worked in the Merchant Navy and was always aware of the risky nature of his job. So he was more than happy to take a few insurance policies when approached by relatives/ friends who were insurance agents. He kept all the policy documents with his wife for safe keeping. Being a house wife, he knew she was good at filing papers neatly, and she was the one who would need those anyway, if something happened to him. He had 5 policies in all and his yearly premiums were close to 75,000 - more than sufficient to cover the tax exemption limits along with his PF contributions. His annual salary was around 10 lakhs.