Up until the ripe ol’ age of 30, I had never considered a life insurance policy. Married without children or a mortgage, I really didn’t find the need to insure myself… especially if it gave my wife extra incentive to get rid of me (she’ll tell you, of course, that no extra incentive is needed). Now, however, with both a mortgage and two very young children, I very much understand the importance of taking care of my family if I’m no longer around. Today, I’ve purchased a 10 year term life insurance policy from Haven Life.
Haven Life is a relatively new life insurance site, circa May 2015. It offers term life insurance policies for as long as 30 years and coverage for as much as $1 million. Haven Life also offers policies to 48 US states (sorry, California and Montana). Unlike other websites that are simply comparison engines, which then direct you to a proper policy, you are actually purchasing your insurance policy through Haven Life’s website. Underwritten by Mass Mutual, Haven Life is one of the rare online sites offering quick and painless term life insurance.
Getting started in the life insurance process is a snap. I visited the Haven Life website and answered a handful of easy questions in a minute’s time. From there, I got an idea of how much the policy was going to cost.
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I was quoted $14 a month for the $500,000, 10-year term I selected and, immediately following my quote, I was asked to complete a full application. From start to finish, the application took roughly 15 minutes. Once that was complete, I was asked to sign it, and provide my banking information so my policy could become active. Once I meet with my doctor to complete a physical and have the results passed back to Haven Life, I’m done.
After creating an account with Haven Life, I can now login and see my application status. Right now, I have temporary coverage; I have until 4/19/2017 to complete my medical coverage. Also inside my account is the ability to cancel my application (if I so desire), review my application, or browse some general FAQs.
Key Haven Life Details
- When you sign up, apply, and are approved, you will receive a total of five emails from them. They come in the form of (1) Complete your Application, (2) Verify your Email Address, (3) Sign your Application, (4) Completed Signature of Application, (5) Received your Signed Application. Today, I received a 6th email about how it’s almost my half birthday, which is still two months away (they’re reaching).
- A health exam is not always required. Even though I’ve visited a hospital once in my lifetime (bounce houses are tough places for 31 year-olds) and consider myself an extremely healthy person, I was required to complete an exam. No biggie, I was due for an annual physical all the same, so it was not a concern.
- Haven Life provides a Life Insurance Calculator that asks you to answer a few personal questions about yourself, your future, and your finances. They use this to provide you with a few different term life insurance recommendations. From there, you can choose to view what the estimated plan costs would be for some of Haven Life’s competitors. I didn’t bother running the calculator, yet found Haven Life to be anywhere but the cheapest term life insurance provider.
Life insurance can be an odd topic to discuss with your family, because the only way to reap its benefits is when somebody you love passes away. Setting the awkwardness aside, one of the most important decisions a family can make is ensuring that they’re taken care of should the worst happen.
This review of Haven Life shows just how affordable a 10-year term life insurance policy can be. If you need more than $500,000 in coverage, the increased costs are very reasonable.