For some, the topic of juvenile life insurance evokes confusion and perhaps even fear. After all, why would one want to insure a perfectly healthy child? Thankfully, the loss of a child is extremely rare. So while a juvenile life insurance policy does indeed insure against this very slim risk, some types of coverage are also designed to protect your child’s financial future—in a way no other financial product can.
Each year the government (the USDA to be exact) publishes how much it costs to raise a child to 18. The number is staggering. It’s more money than most of us can imagine coming up with, which is why life insurance is so important. You can cover that sum—$233,610—for a modest monthly premium.
That’s that stuff for babies and old people, right? People of a certain age remember Ed McMahon telling them their grandparents couldn’t be turned down for any reason and figure that’s the target demographic for life insurance. Or, you might have been offered a small permanent insurance policy for your newborn, attractively presented with a cherubic infant on the envelope. The truth of the matter is that these are very specific insurance products—just as there are many insurance products for adults in their working years.
Do you have your legal and financial documents stored (maybe stashed) in various places around your home? Some in a desk drawer? Others in your closet? Some in a safe? Even more in a file cabinet in the basement? It’s time to get a handle on all your documents and store them safely, noting the location. You can use this list as a starting point, and also as a reminder to follow through on moving any of these documents or tasks from your “to do” list to your “it’s done” list!