What Is Final Expense Insurance?

A final expense insurance policy is used to pay for funeral services and a burial when the named insured dies. Such a policy helps ease the financial burden placed on a family when a loved one dies.

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A person's burial and funeral expenses can exceed $10,000.
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Features

Although the policy is called "final expense insurance," it is no different from a traditional life insurance policy with a small monetary value. A final expense insurance policy can be identified by wording in the policy that specifies the proceeds are to be used for final expenses relating to the funeral and burial.

Benefits

Final expense insurance allows the named insured to feel safe knowing that funeral-related expenses are covered regardless of the status of his estate at the time of death. A person who lives on a fixed income and might not leave much of an estate for family to use for burial costs is an ideal candidate for final expense insurance.

Types

The two types of final expense insurance are term life and whole life. Term life insurance covers the insured for a specific time period or until a set age, after which coverage expires. Whole life insurance covers the insured for the remainder of his life.

Warning

As final expense insurance is a traditional life insurance policy, the named beneficiary could use the proceeds for purposes other than a funeral. As a result, make sure that the beneficiary can be trusted to use the policy payout to cover funeral expenses.