Life insurance is part of a responsible financial plan. And while you should feel secure knowing it will be there to meet your financial responsibilities and protect your family, there are a handful of situations where you may need life insurance more than you thought. As your insurance agent, it’s important to us that you and your family feel prepared during these milestones so we’ve compiled the following list of critical times in life when you need life insurance the most.
When you get married, financial obligations become a joint effort. If one of you dies, a life insurance policy can help ensure the surviving spouse has the financial stability to maintain their current standard of living. Additionally, as the cash value in a permanent policy grows, more assets become available to pay down a mortgage, eliminate business debt, or settle outstanding tax obligations. Death benefits paid to the surviving spouse can also help fund a child’s education or supplement retirement.
Having a Child
When your children are young, having sufficient life insurance for each parent is critical. If you or your spouse were to suddenly die, life insurance limits need to be able to pay for daycare, help fund a college education, and cover everyday living expenses.
Supporting Aging Parents
Supporting your aging parents up until and including their death can be a financial burden. Life insurance is one way to potentially recoup some of the money you’ve spent on their care or to help pay for final arrangements like a funeral.
Buying a House with a Mortgage
Life insurance is often purchased in amounts sufficient to cover the loan amount of a mortgage so that if you die, your beneficiaries will have enough money to pay off the balance.
Starting a Business / Becoming Self-employed
If you’re self-employed, chances are the investments you’ve made in your business have been substantial. If the value of your business has recently changed (the purchase of a new building, inventory, or equipment), be sure your life insurance limits are set high enough to cover business debts that your family could be held responsible for when you die. Don’t risk them having to liquidate assets to cover the outstanding debt.
Becoming Stay-At-Home Parents
Although stay-at-home parents don’t bring home a paycheck, they provide substantial support for their families. If they weren’t around to take care of children, make meals, run errands, or manage other household tasks, someone would have to be hired to fill those roles. That’s a cost the working parent would have to shoulder if something happened to the stay-at-home parent. If that parent had ample life insurance, the death benefit could cover the cost of childcare so the family’s finances wouldn’t take a hit.
Source: https://www.protective.com/learn/seven-life-stages-that-affect-your-life-insurance-needs https://www.nerdwallet.com/article/insurance/life-insurance-for-your-parents https://www.forbes.com/advisor/life-insurance/stay-at-home-parents/