Insurance 101 – All of the basics you need to know about Life Insurance
HOW TO FILL OUT AN APP
Premier Marketing understands mistakes will be made and at times there are truly memory lapses. However, the absence, inclusion or inaccurate information may increase processing times dramatically. It may also subject the agent to expensive litigation and have the policy further scrutinized when a claim is led. There is also a possibility a claim may be denied because of material misrepresentation.
Attempts to defraud
Most standard life insurance policies include a two-year contestable period during which the insurance company can rescind a policy if it’s found you lied on the application through misrepresentation or fraud. “Misrepresentation means that you omitted something that is pertinent to this risk, such as you had cancer and you didn’t tell the insurance company,” If a death claim occurs within that two-year period, the company may choose to rescind the policy and not pay the claim. It is in the best interest of the agent not to purposely omit any pertinent information on the application because the consequences could range from losing your license to your client having their coverage rescinded.
There are many times we receive incomplete applications. It could be just a few questions were missed to a whole section that was totally overlooked. The best way to overcome these errors is to take a three step approach to completing the application.
Step One – review the entire application prior to meeting with the client. Cross through any sections of the application which do not apply to your client. Example: If there is not a plan to insure an “other insured”, then cross through that section since it doesn’t need to be completed. Use “Sign Here” stickers in places where the applicant and/or owner must sign. This will save you valuable time when you’re in front of your client.
Step Two – When you are with your client, assume nothing. Ask every question on the application as if this is the rst meeting with the client. Reconfirming small details such as the spelling of names and the mailing address. This will save countless hours in processing the application. Explain this to the applicant that accuracy is key in making the process as smooth as possible so you will recon rm all information placed on the application even if it is being redundant.
Step Three – Prior to submitting the application to Premier Companies, review the application in its entirety again. If you’re missing any information or signatures, secure those prior to submission. A fully completed, 100% accurate application with a cover letter is critical to a streamlined process.
Legal responsibility of the Agent
Every agent has a legal responsibility to fully and accurately complete every application prior to submitting the application to Premier Marketing. Insurance company applications, in their own verbiage, have a Fraud statement to indicate that any person who knowingly and with intent to defraud any insurance company or other person, files an application for insurance or statement of claim containing any materially false information, or conceals, for the purpose of misleading, information containing any fact material thereto commits a fraudulent insurance act, which is a crime and may be subject such person to criminal and civil penalties. Don’t take any chances with your client’s future or your future in the insurance industry. 100% complete and accurate information the first time should be your goal. If you have a question about anything on the application feel free to call your marketer for further assistance.
HOW TO EFFECTIVELY WRITE A LIFE INSURANCE UNDERWRITING COVER LETTER
It’s important for a life insurance agent to be proactive during the whole process of submitting life applications. A well written cover letter can assist the application in three ways:
1) Expedite your application
2) Obtain a better rate class
3) Get paid more efficiently by having less declines or highly rated cases.
Seven parts to writing a successful cover letter:
- Introduction: Introduce yourself and your company, the reason you’re writing the letter and the relationship with the client including how long you have known the client.
- Identify the client: Give the pertinent information such as who they are employed by, occupation and duties, family influences, as well as anything else you would deem beneficial for the underwriter to know.
- Justify the Insurance: Give the facts and figures as to how you came up with the amount of insurance the client needs. The budget concerns for the range of premiums should be included. Explain how the proceeds from the policy will be used. (Example: Buy Sell, Income Replacement, College Funding, etc.)
- List in force insurance/replacement: You need to be diligent in listing all of the policies to be kept and to be replaced. Give the reason for each replacement, if there is a cash value or is this a 1035 exchange. Give the classification for each of policy (Term, GUL, Whole, etc.). All additional applications for coverage the client currently has needs to be included. Explain both the reasons and conditions you’re evaluating to make the decision as to acceptance of the application.
- Medical Assessment and Family history: As the agent, you must do a thorough job of interviewing the client. All health details are important no matter how small you think they are. Start with the most recent issues and work backwards to get the client’s complete health history. The next step is to include how the client influences his lifestyle in a positive manner such as exercise, eating habits, non-prescription drugs/vitamins and lifestyle choices. The health of the client’s parents and siblings should be included, as well as cause of death if any have passed away. The last piece to be included is if there is going to be any foreign travel in the near future. Depending on the health condition an additional questionnaire may be needed.
- Current Medication: List, in detail, each prescribed medication, dosage and the condition it is treating. The date of diagnosis and expected duration needs to be included as well. If the histology of the condition is known, include that as well that will help.
- Owner and Beneficiaries: If the owner is someone other than the insured, it’s important to explain the relationship. This goes for the beneficiaries as well if the proceeds are not going to the spouse or children. The relationship of the beneficiaries needs to be made clear to the underwriter. An example would be having the primary beneficiaries be the children when this is a second marriage situation.
In conclusion, you need to paint a picture for the underwriter. If properly written, the application and all of the other information will back up your cover letter. It’s helpful to include the contact information not just for yourself, but any other professional such as the client’s attorney, CPA or business partners. A proactive approach is the best way to help your clients obtain positive results and more policies being issued at the desired ratings.
Step by Step Instructions for the iPipeline
1) Go to the Premier website:
2) Scroll over the blue tool bar at the top, click on “Get a Quote”
3) Click on “Term/UL Quote Engine”
4) When the new page opens, you will be able to input the client’s information and either shop out all of the carriers or you can specify which carrier you wanting to see. You can either put in the client’s health information, or you can select which health class you would like to see.
5) Once you are finished, click on View All Quotes at the bottom
– If you are interested in showing just a few carriers or only one carrier to present to your client, click on the box at the left hand side next to the carrier listed.
– The appropriate forms and Eapps (if available) are listed next to the premium amount.
8) Once you are done selecting the carriers you are interested in, click on Compare Checked at the top.
9) From here you can either print out the quotes for your clients or email them to your clients.
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