There are a lot of myths about life insurance out there. Believing these 3 could leave your family vulnerable.
When you’re just starting out, it often seems that your paycheck just doesn’t stretch far enough. With new commitments, such as buying your first home or having children, comes the responsibility to make sure your loved ones will be provided for financially, no matter what life may bring.
If you were to die unexpectedly, life insurance is there to make sure your loved ones can maintain their standard of living, stay in your home, send your kids to the same schools and keep their plans for the future on track. It also gives the grieving spouse or partner time to make decisions, or in some cases find work outside the home, without worrying about finances.
According to LifeHappens.org, a few common misconceptions often prevent young families from purchasing the life insurance they need.
Myth 1: I only need life insurance if I’m the primary breadwinner in my family.
Whether you bring home the largest paycheck in your household or a smaller one, your family relies on your income to maintain its quality of life, and it would be missed if something were to happen to you. Even if you don’t work outside of the home, having life insurance is a smart choice. Stay-at-home parents perform valuable services such as childcare, cooking, housecleaning and household management, and a surviving spouse or partner might need to hire someone to help in the event of the stay-at-home parent’s death.
Myth 2: If I buy a term life insurance policy and find that I still need protection when the term ends, I can always renew the policy.
Term policies are quite popular with many young families, and for good reason: They typically offer the greatest coverage for the lowest cost. Term insurance provides protection for a specific period of time (the “term”) and can be ideal for people who feel they have financial needs to cover that will disappear over time, such as a mortgage or a child’s education.
However, many families realize that even after the kids are grown and the mortgage is paid off, their need for insurance continues—to provide income for a surviving spouse, eliminate debts, pay taxes, etc. Because life insurance premiums increase with age, renewing your policy when the term expires can be very expensive. Moreover, poor health may make renewal impossible.
Myth 3: I only need term life insurance. Term life insurance makes sense for many young families because their need for coverage is great and their budgets are often limited. But that doesn’t mean it’s the only type of insurance you should consider.
Permanent life insurance policies provide a death benefit as well as other unique features such as lifelong protection and the ability to accumulate cash values on a tax-deferred basis, similar to assets in most retirement-savings plans. You can access the cash values for important uses like a child’s education or a business opportunity. (Keep in mind, however, that withdrawing or borrowing funds from your policy will reduce its cash value and death benefit if not repaid.)
Most people don’t buy life insurance because they don’t know where to start. Take our quick quiz to see if you need life insurance with this Life Insurance Needs Calculator. You can also talk things through with an agent in our office. They will help you figure out how much you may need and find a policy that fits into your budget.