Life insurance is one of those financial products that we put off thinking about. No one wants to talk about the eventuality of passing away and we especially don’t like to talk about what would happen if we passed away suddenly.
However, life insurance is an important part of any financial and protection strategy. For National Life Insurance Awareness Month, we wanted to share some helpful information about life insurance, including what it is, its different types, and how it can help protect your family in case something happens.
What is Life Insurance?
Life insurance is an insurance policy that provides cash to your family or loved ones after your death. This “death benefit” helps replace your income and supports your loved ones also in non-monetary ways. Your family can use this payment for funeral expenses, mortgage payments, college tuition, and other bills.
The Different Types of Life Insurance
There are two main types of life insurance: term life insurance and permanent life insurance. Let’s look at the differences.
Term Life Insurance
Term life insurance policies cover the insured for a specific period, usually between 5 and 30 years, depending on your policy. Term policies pay a death benefit only if the insured person dies during the coverage term. These policies don’t carry any cash value, but the premiums are generally lower than permanent life insurance premiums. Furthermore, term life insurance policies may offer a greater level of flexibility because you can amend your policy as your needs change.
Permanent Life Insurance
Permanent life insurance policies cover the holder for their entire life. Some of these policies also carry a savings or investment component.
There are a few permanent life insurance options, including whole life (sometimes called “traditional” life insurance) and universal life. Each of these policies has its pros and cons. However, for most people, term life insurance is all that is needed.
Do You Need Life Insurance?
As always, it depends. Life insurance can help protect the people you care about if something happens to you. This could include a spouse, children, disabled family members, aging parents, or any other dependents. There are a variety of coverage limits, and depending on your household expenses, you may not have to purchase an enormous life insurance policy. Even modest protection could help your family pay the bills and make arrangements.
A simple way to calculate how much life insurance you need is to consider all your immediate, ongoing, and future expenses, as well as the financial resources that your loved ones already have. Then, subtract your financial resources from the anticipated expenses to obtain the difference. If you need help determining if you need insurance or the amount you need, our advisors can help. Just reach out today.