Americans say they want enough life insurance to cover expenses for at least 14 years after the loss of a breadwinner, but in reality only have three years of protection in place. This finding is in line with the Insurance Barometer Study that Life Happens and LIMRA have conducted over the past several years.
While the statistics of passing away at an earlier age is low, the financial consequences of not planning for that possibility can be high. The younger the family, the more protection you generally need. Often there is still student debt and a mortgage, as well as day-to-day living expenses that need to be addressed. Additionally young children will require years care and have future educational needs. Life insurance financially protects the family you love.
Unlike health and car insurance, many retirees opt to drop their life insurance policies when they drop their jobs. The logic being that if someone is in a position to retire, they are generally financially stable enough that their death will not leave a spouse or other loved one struggling to make ends meet. While you don’t need life insurance under these circumstances, there are a few reasons why you might want to hold onto your policy.
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Death is inevitable and, regardless of how you feel about that, there will be family left behind who will have to manage “your estate.” Now the word estate may conjure up images of Downton Abbey or an oil baron’s fortune, but if you are leaving anything behind, that is your “estate.”