In the Grand Canyon State sunsets are a little prettier and the sunshine is a little brighter than the rest of the country. From Tuscon to Flagstaff Arizonans have a gorgeous state to be proud of.
In this wonderful place, it is easy to forget to create a plan for the bills that come at the end of one’s life.
When a family is attempting to process what has just occurred the financial aspect can push people to the brink.
Funeral costs can range over a wide variety of price points depending on many factors.
The average traditional burial service in Arizona is $6,920
The average traditional cremation service in AZ is $5,639
Not included in the price estimates:
- Cost of Headstone, Monument, or Marker
- Cemetery Property, Plot of Land, Columbarium, etc.
Fortunately, final expense insurance is a wonderful tool to help ease the monetary burden.
Arizona Final Expense Insurance
The average age of death in the state is 77.6 for males and 82.3 for females.
This is above the national average for men and women in terms of lifespan.
- Males 76.1
- Females 81.1
Listed below are the top 10 leading causes of death in the state.
- Heart Disease
- Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Chronic Liver Disease/Cirrhosis
No one knows when their health will fail them so the most responsible and proactive thing anyone can do is create a financial plan to leave funds behind for loved ones instead of leaving this burden to them.
11 Intriguing Questions
1. Final Expense Insurance: What is it?
This product is designed for seniors to make a simple and affordable monthly payment and in return, the provider will guarantee five benefits.
Lump-sum payout: As long as the policyholder makes the monthly premium payment the beneficiary is guaranteed a tax-free lump-sum payout once the insured passes away.
Speedy payout: Once the carrier receives the death certificate, the payout will be distributed in a matter of days rather than weeks. Other products on the market can take months to payout.
Price lock: The price will never increase, this is a critical feature for so many seniors who are on a fixed income. Policyholders can be assured to know the exact price they will be paying moving forward.
Coverage lock: The coverage will never decrease meaning your beneficiary can know years ahead of the policyholder’s death what the amount will be.
Builds cash value: For every payment made a portion will go towards the cash value. Over time this account will grow and allow the policyholder to borrow against the plan if they choose.
2. What can the beneficiary use the payout to purchase?
The short answer is anything they want, however, there is a typical list of items that are purchased with the distribution funds.
- Memorial/Celebration of Life
- Leaving an Inheritance
- Legal Expenses
- Charity Donations
- Credit Cards
- Post-Mortem Expenses
- Medical Bills
- Remaining Balance on a Mortgage
- Remaining Car Loan Balances
- Other End-of-Life Expenses
3. What is the better choice: Captive or Independent Agent?
Both of these agents can find you coverage, but the two agents go about it in a much different way.
One agent is free to find you the best possible plan, the other is shackled to one company.
This agent has access to one single carrier, even if there is a better price or product on the market they are not allowed to offer that plan.
This can be problematic when looking at how each company sets its prices and underwrites the product.
For example, one company will award coverage to an applicant with chronic bronchitis but a different provider will deny coverage with this medical condition.
The same goes for the price point, each carrier will determine the price they would like to charge, the price can vary drastically depending on which company is used.
Working with a captive agent you ultimately will not know if you are receiving a good price and the right plan structure for your specific medical situation.
Ultimately this agent works for themselves. They get to pick and choose which companies they represent, if a carrier raises their prices the independent agent simply will not represent them anymore if they choose not to.
This agent can represent as many companies as they choose to guarantee the applicant the best policy structure and best price.
4. What is the best way to qualifying for coverage?
Simply contact a respected independent agent that has access to many different companies. This will make sure you find the best policy at the lowest price.
Prior to contacting an agent, it is always best to have a basic understanding of the four plan types on the market today.
- Level: Great Health
- Graded: Average Health
- Modified: Past Health Concerns
- Guaranteed Issue: Major Medical Issues
Depending on the applicant’s medical history, they will qualify for one of these plans.
5. Age and coverage: How old can I be?
Typically companies will offer initial coverage until the ages of 80 or 85.
However, you can find companies willing to award initial coverage until the age of 90.
6. Waiting period: What is it?
This is a time restriction that a company places on high-risk plans. The restriction period is usually two years but this can vary from company to company.
How it works
If the insured passes away prior to the waiting period ending then the beneficiary will receive a predetermined portion of coverage.
If the policyholder dies after the waiting period has ended then the beneficiary will receive the entire coverage amount.
7. How do I receive coverage with no waiting period?
Contact an independent agent or agency who has access to many carriers and specializes in this niche. Your chances of finding the best plan will increase drastically.
8. Which provider offers the best coverage?
This will depend on three key factors.
Health: Depending on your health history your coverage options can swing drastically. Each company has there own underwriting standards that are unique to them.
Age: Your age has a major impact on price, the older you are when you initially apply for coverage the higher your price will be.
Gender: Your gender also plays a role when it comes to price. Females will pay less for coverage than males.
Each provider is better for a different type of person, finding the best plan is like putting a puzzle together.
9. What is the difference between the three names used to describe this plan?
These three names are used to market the product.
There is no difference, they mean the same thing.
10. Can I apply over the phone?
Yes, you can, the process takes roughly 30 minutes from start to finish.
11. How do I secure a quote?
The simplest way to secure a quote is by using the online quote tool on this page that will give a wide range of prices.
To know which plan you qualify for contact Willamette Life at 844-576-0019.
a. Arizona Final Expense Insurance is both accessible and affordable. This product is a perfect financial option for any seniors on a fixed income looking to leave a lump sum amount of money behind for their loved ones.
b. Your health will dictate what your best plan option is.
For the healthiest of applicants, our recommendation is either the Mutual of Omaha Living Promise Level plan or Foresters Financial PlanRight Preferred product.
If you are not in great health there are still multiple other plan options.
c. Work with an independent agent or agency that specializes in this product niche and has access to multiple carriers, this will guarantee you the best price and plan structure for your individual needs.
I’m the owner and founder of Willamette Life Insurance. Willamette Life specializes in Final Expense Insurance. We compare prices with different insurance carriers while finding the perfect match for your health and budget. This company was started to help educate the public on why Final Expense Insurance could be a great option for them and their family. We strive to be friendly, informative, and always have the client’s best interest as our top priority. Everything in this article is my own professional opinion and experiences I have had during my time in helping clients.