Your family depends on your financial support each day. Most everyone has some sort of health insurance, but few people think about life insurance needs. Life insurance is a necessity to ensure your family has money to survive on when you suddenly pass away.
Neglecting your family by not having an active life insurance policy can cause them financial ruin. You have a responsibility as an adult to make sure those you leave behind can move on in life without you. It is an overwhelming burden to cover the cost associated with a family member’s death. Funeral arrangements are enough for the family to deal with. Monthly expenses will continue after the death. Paying for burial and funeral cost without insurance can severely cripple a family.
People don’t think about the need of having adequate life insurance coverage. Reasons why most people don’t have life insurance are listed below.
- I won’t need it because I’m healthy
- I can wait on that until I get older
- It cost too much money
- I just don’t care
- Somebody else can worry about it
- I will live forever
Life insurance gives you the peace of mind to know you’re leaving them with the means of financial support. The policy can help them pay off debts and funeral costs. A large enough life insurance sum can provide your family with the means to move forward.
How Much Coverage To Purchase?
You need at least enough coverage for ten or more of your yearly annual incomes to sustain your family if you pass away. Think about what debts you leave behind. Leaving your spouse with children to raise alone is another problem to worry about. Providing them with a financial cushion is a priority for you as being the financial provider.
Understanding Life Insurance
Everyone knows the importance of life insurance to cover all members of the family. The reality is most people neglect this important obligation. You are responsible for your children’s life insurance. Your spouse needs to have life insurance coverage. You have to have life insurance to help your family if you pass away. What happens if your child passes away from being involved in an automobile accident? What happens if your wife has a diagnosis of breast cancer? What happens to your family if you are gone?
An important fact of life insurance is that the longer you wait will increase the amount you have to pay in monthly premiums. Never wait until your age plays a role in the monthly amounts you pay. Don’t prolong the inevitable. You will have to buy it sooner or later.
Term policy monthly rates are set for the entire length of that term. Once the term ends means the policy will have to be renewed with a potential higher monthly premium. Amounts of coverage and rates vary with the terms stated within the insurance contract you sign upon issuance of the policy.
Whole life pays a specific amount as the death benefit or face value. Portions of the premiums you pay go towards the cash value of the plan. Some insurance companies will pay you an interest percentage on all the payments you make during the first two years. Most every insurance firm has terms that limit the death benefit during the first two years of the contract.
Think About Options
You should discuss your insurance needs with your spouse. Both of you need to agree on what policies would benefit the family if one or the other passes away.