If you have a family that depends on your income you need life insurance. Simply put, adequate life insurance eliminates the financial catastrophes that often occur when a person dies leaving their family behind.
A common question asked is how much do I need? Since everyone’s situation is different there is no general answer. One question for you to answer as you determine the amount is, “what do I want life insurance to do if I were to pass away?”
We have a computer program that will factor in your current situation along with your requests to determine the amount you should have. Of course you can adjust that amount depending on your desires.
Term Vs. Permanent (Whole Life)
Term life insurance provides insurance coverage for the length of time you request up front, usually ranging from 1 to 30 years. Should you die during the time you selected the policy will pay your beneficiaries. If you live beyond the designated amount of time the policy will not pay out anything. These policies are best for covering larger and/or temporary needs as they cost far less than permanent coverage.
Return of Premium: a new addition to many term policies is the return of premium feature, this accounts for outliving the policy. If you select a 20 year term and live beyond the 20 years you will get all of your premiums paid back in full.
Permanent life insurance has many variations but
can usually has the common feature of cash value along with
a savings account (cash value). Because of this these policies tend
to be more expensive than term life insurance. However there are
times when these policies are the logical option.