At its most basic, life insurance is an agreement between you (the policy owner) and an insurer. Under the terms of your policy, that insurer promises to pay a certain amount of money to a person you choose (your beneficiary) upon your death, in exchange for your premium payments. Although it sounds a little dry, life insurance is really about love. It means you care about the people in your life who depend on you. In fact, you care about them so much, you're willing to protect their future even though you might not be there to see it.
Why Do People Buy Life Insurance?
- Probably the most common reasons for buying life insurance is to replace the loss of income that would occur if you passed away. When you die and your paychecks stop, your family may be left with limited resources. A life insurance policy pays cash that your family can use to support themselves almost immediately.
- Life insurance is also used to pay any debts you leave behind. This includes mortgages, car loans, and credit card debts, leaving other remaining assets intact for your family.
- Life insurance proceeds can also be used to pay for final expenses and estate taxes.
- Finally, life insurance can create an inheritance for your children or other heirs.
Do You Need Life Insurance?
You should probably consider buying life insurance if any one of the following is true:
- You are married and your spouse depends on your income
- You have children
- You have an aging parent or disabled relative who depends on you for support
- Your retirement savings and pension won't be enough for your spouse to live on after you pass away
- You have a large estate and expect to owe estate taxes
- You own a business, especially if you have a partner
- You have a substantial joint financial obligation such as a personal loan for which another person would be legally responsible after your death
In all of these cases, the proceeds from a life insurance policy can help your loved ones continue to manage financially during the difficult weeks, months, and years after you're gone. The proceeds can also be used to pay for a funeral and other final expenses, which can run into thousands of dollars.
If you're still unsure about whether you should buy life insurance, a good question to ask yourself is this: If I died today, would my family need to make substantial financial sacrifices and give up their current lifestyle to meet their financial obligations?
If you answered yes, I encourage you to get a free life insurance quote. It's fast, easy, and requires no contact information.
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