Planning to revive your insurance policy? Here’s help

By BankBazaar.com | March 15, 2010

In order to prevent the lapsing of policy, it is advisable to keep insurance and investment. It has three-fold advantage. First, if you opt to cancel your policy, you don’t suffer any financial loss. Also it is simpler to track your investment. If you are ever in financial need, you can always redeem these investments and use the money to meet your needs. Alternately, you can just stop your investment plans. It won’t affect your insurance cover. Lastly, pure investment plans are simpler and cheaper.

Your insurance has convinced you about the importance of buying an insurance policy. You are also looking to save tax. So you go ahead and buy an insurance policy. But after some time, you find it difficult to keep on paying the insurance premium. It could either be due to job loss or unforeseen expenses or you have relocated to a new city/country. As a result your policy lapses and you end up losing life cover.

Primarily there are 2 kinds of insurance policy. One type of policy is simple insurance without any investment, also called as term policy. The other type is insurance policy with investment option. In case of the former instance, if you fail to pay the premium regularly, you can say the policy has lapsed. Lapsing of insurance policy is quite common. In the latter case, if you fail to pay your premiums then you end up paying the costs for the full period of insurance policy. These costs are deducted from the value of the amount invested. So you end up getting hardly anything, if you don’t pay the premium regularly.

In order to prevent the lapsing of policy, it is advisable to keep insurance and investment. It has three-fold advantage. First, if you opt to cancel your policy, you don’t suffer any financial loss. Also it is simpler to track your investment. If you are ever in financial need, you can always redeem these investments and use the money to meet your needs. Alternately, you can just stop your investment plans. It won’t affect your insurance cover. Lastly, pure investment plans are simpler and cheaper.

But your policy has already lapsed and you want to revive it. What do you do? How do you revive a lapsed policy?

Well, for reviving a lapsed policy, you need to pay the unpaid premiums along with the interest. In certain cases, you may also have to undergo health checkup. Here are 3 ways in which you can revive your policy:

Ordinary revival: If you opt to revive the policy within 6 months from the period of first unpaid premium, you need not give any personal statement on the condition of your health. You just have to pay delayed premium along with the interest. This rate of interest will be decided by the date when the policy first came into effect.

Revival on non-medical grounds: In this case, the sum to be revived must be lesser than the approved limit for non-medical assurance purchased by the life assured.

Revival on medical grounds: This option is available only if the previous 2 options have failed. You have to undergo medical tests, which will be decided by the sum to be revived.

E.g. you have purchased LIC’s profit plus with a yearly premium of Rs. 15,000, and it lapses after 2nd year. Now you want to revive it after 2 years. So you will have to pay Rs. 30,000 (the premiums for the 2 years for which you have missed payment) to revive the payment. However at times, LIC lets you revive your lapsed policy by offering you a discount on the total premium that you have to pay. So instead of paying Rs. 30,000, the insurance company may ask you to pay Rs. 25,000, thus making it cheaper to revive the lost policy instead of taking a new one.

But it is essential you have an open discussion with your insurance agent to find out the best course of action for your problem. However it is essential to remember that you should not let the policy lapse as far as possible. It will prevent you from subsequent tensions on policy revival.

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One thought on “Planning to revive your insurance policy? Here’s help

  1. Srinivasan. R

    My son, who is 34 year old has taken an endowmen LIC policy in 2003 for 2lakhs and was paying an an annual premimum of Rs.12,000. The policy is for 20 years. After payeing premia for three years that is from 2003 to 2006,
    he allowed the policy lapsed. Please let us know how to revive the policy ? is it possible to revive it ?

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