First, the basics. If you still owe someone, or love someone, yes, you need life insurance.
Now, let’s dig a little deeper and look at the other reasons you may still need life insurance after 65.
1. You’re still the “Bank of You.” 63% of parents over 55 are still supporting their children and or grandchildren, according to LIMRA Secure Retirement Institute. What happens if you are no longer around to provide that support? Who will your children turn to for financial help? Friends or other family members? Life insurance can provide the funds to maintain this support.
Permanent life insurance provides lifelong protection, as long as you pay the premiums. Because it is designed to last a lifetime, permanent life insurance generally accumulates cash value. That means there are some important living benefits to permanent life insurance, benefits you can take advantage of to fund life’s possibilities.
Here are five things you probably didn’t know you could do with permanent life insurance.
If you own a business, you know how it feels to live for that business. You also rely on it to support you and your family. So, what would happen if you suddenly became ill or injured and could no longer work? You need to think about the what-ifs.
The fact is, your loved ones may not have the skills or desire to run the business, and your co-owners may not welcome the idea of an unintended partner. Also, imagine the scenario where it is one of your co-owners who becomes permanently disabled and you’re faced with those choices.
That’s where a disability buy-sell plan comes in to play. This is an agreement among owners to buy out a co-owner’s share of the business in the event of a permanent disability. Here are four options for funding that agreement:
Valerie says that she is sharing her story so that others could learn from it: “Most people think, ‘It will never happen to me,’ but the truth is it can—and does. Everything else goes away if you don’t have disability insurance coverage and you can’t work.”
Figuring out if you need to protect your paycheck—really, your ability to earn an income—with disability insurance is pretty easy. If you have a job and you rely on your paycheck to meet your monthly bills and financial obligations, you need it.
In essence, disability insurance is there if you suffer an injury or illness and can’t work for an extended period of time. It will replace a portion of your income until you’re able to return to work again.
But most people who are working don’t have this basic protection for the long term, and often it’s because they assume they don’t need it. Here are four common mistakes people make when it comes to understanding disability insurance and its importance in protecting your ability to earn an income.