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Legal & General Review StaffAug. 25, 2019

In a Nutshell

Legal & General America has an excellent reputation for providing quality life insurance packages at competitive rates. Through a commitment to delivering a small selection of life insurance packages at a high standard, Legal & General America has become one of the largest life insurance providers in the United States.


  • Term Life offers flexible coverage options for 10 to 30 years
  • Strong ratings from all 3 of the major credit rating agencies


  • Customers may be required to pass a medical exam
  • Can take several weeks to have application approved

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Best For?

Legal & General America offers competitive rates and certain considerations to people with pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure. Unlike some competitors, Legal & General America also offers positive health credits for people who may have a medical issue but live a healthy and fit lifestyle overall.

Legal & General America life insurance can help you protect your family’s future


Legal & General America has been a part of UK-based parent company, Legal & General Group Plc, since 1981. Legal & General Group is a top 10 global asset manager and is the ninth largest insurer in the world according to A.M. Best's 2020 report based on 2016 non-banking assets.

Flexibility is one of the main features of Legal & General America’s service: payments can be made in several different frequencies, policies can be converted without losing the original terms, and there are several rider options that can be tailored to fit each customer’s needs.

  • The policy conversion option allows you to exchange your term policy for a universal policy. When you exercise this option, Legal & General America will issue the universal policy at the same underwriting class as your existing term. Conversions can be requested before the end of the guaranteed level premium period or before age 70 – whichever comes first.
  • You have a choice of monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, or annual payments. Premiums are calculated on an annual basis, so if you prefer to pay premiums at more regular intervals your premium will be higher.
  • The following riders can be added to your coverage: 
  1. Term Rider, which provides temporary coverage for a period shorter than what the base policy provides, eg.a 30-year base plan with a 20-year rider may cover your mortgage payoff 
  2. Accelerated Death Benefit Rider, in which a benefit is paid prior to the insured person’s death if they are facing a qualifying terminal illness 
  3. Children’s Life Insurance Rider, which provides death-benefit protection for families with children
  4. Waiver of Premium, in which premiums due will be waived during a period of long-term illness or disability, as long as that disability has existed continuously for at least 6 months

Application Process

A free quote can be obtained quickly and easily through the Legal & General America website or over the phone. The process begins with a brief introductory call with a licensed agent to help you assess your needs. Once your needs are determined, a follow up interview will be scheduled at your convenience. That portion of the process takes about 45 minutes and the interviewer will typically request:

  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security number
  • Contact details for any doctors, hospitals or clinics you’ve visited in the past 10 years
  • Details of any prescriptions medicines you are taking
  • Basic financial information
  • Disclosure of any other life insurance policies you have held

Some applicants may be required to take a brief, no-cost medical exam lasting about 20-30 minutes.

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Policy Terms

Term Life Insurance is typically the most popular and is designed for people with temporary needs or is on a limited budget. It provides protection for a specific period of 10 to 30 years.

  • Pay premiums only for the duration of the coverage.
  • If a policyholder dies before the end of the policy term, their beneficiaries may submit a claim request to receive their payout.
  • In the event of a policyholder’s death, Term Life is designed to help families cover temporary needs, such as: a child’s college tuition; paying off a home loan; income replacement for surviving spouse.

 How Safe Is It?

With almost 70 years of operation in the United States and $717 billion of life insurance in force in 2017, Legal & General America is one of the most reputable life insurance providers in the country. Based on a 2017 LIMRA report, Legal & General America is a top 5 provider of term life insurance in the US, issuing more than $53 billion last year.  It has a superior or excellent rating from all three of the major financial strength ratings agencies, meaning customers can be confident in its financial stability.

Help and Support

Legal & General America prides itself on achieving a 4-star review from Trustpilot and values customer feedback. The team is licensed and equipped to help you get the right coverage to fit your needs. Once you have a policy, you can update most of your information online. Existing policyholders can also quickly reach a friendly customer care representative via phone or email. 

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Legal & General America has been offering life insurance to Americans for almost 70 years. Today, Legal & General America provides life insurance policies to 1.3 million U.S. customers. Keeping products affordable and providing high quality, efficient customer service are just the fundamentals for them. 

Legal & General America offers term life insurance policies of 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years, and at relatively low costs compared to the industry standard. For example, a 20-year-old female non-smoker in excellent health purchasing a 10-year term life insurance policy with a $100,000 face value would pay as little as $7 monthly premium. A 40-year male non-smoker with average health, purchasing a 30-year policy with $1 million face value, would pay $114 per month.*

People looking for competitively priced life insurance from a company with financial strength and an excellent reputation need look no further than Legal & General America. Through a commitment to delivering a small selection of life insurance packages at an excellent standard, Legal & General America has become one of the largest life insurance providers in the United States.

Physical Address

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3275 Bennett Creek Avenue

Frederick, Maryland 21704

United States

Legal & General America Disclosure

Legal & General America life insurance products are underwritten and issued by Banner Life Insurance Company, Urbana, MD and William Penn Life Insurance Company of New York, Valley Stream, NY. Banner products are distributed in 49 states and D.C. William Penn products are available exclusively in New York; Banner does not solicit business there. William Penn products are available exclusively in New York. Financial strength ratings as of 2017. The Legal & General America companies are part of the worldwide Legal & General Group. 18-143

*OPTerm policy form # ICC12OPTN and state variations. OPTerm policy form in NY is #OPTN-NY. The OPTerm life insurance premiums quoted are based on the information provided. The quote does not take into consideration complete medical history, occupational risks or other avocations. Approval and actual premiums will be based upon the entire underwriting process, including but not limited to information provided on the application, exam results and specific underwriting requirements and criteria. Premium rates vary by underwriting classification and coverage amount. Premium rates vary by coverage amount: $100,000-$249,999, $250,000-$499,999, $500,000-$999,999, $1,000,000 and above. Premiums quoted include $60 annual policy fee. Premiums are guaranteed to stay level for the initial term period and increase annually thereafter. OPTerm policies can be issued in preferred plus non-tobacco, preferred non-tobacco, standard plus non-tobacco, standard non-tobacco, preferred tobacco and standard tobacco classes. OPTerm 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 substandard policies can be issued through Table 12, subject to underwriting discretion. Coverage can be renewed to age 95. Policies can be returned without obligation within 30 days of receipt in most states. Two-year contestability and suicide provisions apply. Policy descriptions provided here are not a statement of contract. Please refer to the policy forms for full disclosure of all benefits and limitations. Rates as of 2.26.18. StaffJun. 18, 2019
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