How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

The simple answer? You need enough Life insurance to help take care of your dependents if you die.

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Calculating How Much Life Insurance You May Need


It’s important to find out how much life insurance coverage is right for you. Take into account the following key factors to help calculate your life insurance needs:

1

Debt

Personal debts include credit cards, car payments, lines of credit, and any other personal debts. Adding up your debts is the first step to understanding your life insurance needs.

2

Income

Your family depends on your income to help cover living expenses. It’s important to consider and add up how much income they would need to continue on without you, and how long they would need it.

3

Mortgage

Most likely, you’d want your family to be able to keep the life you’ve made for them if something were to happen. What would it take for your family to pay off your mortgage if you were gone?

4

Education

Do your children attend public or private school? What are those costs per year? Also, think about college. Do you expect your children to pay for part of it themselves or take out loans? Do you want to leave them enough to cover it all?

Other Factors

In addition to calculating your debts, income, mortgage, and education costs, you may also want to take into account your:

  • Age and income
  • Marital status; if married, your spouse’s age and income
  • Number and ages of your children, any special needs they may have, and projections for future educational expenses
  • Family’s cost of living, including your mortgage, the amount you have in savings, as well as other outstanding debts
  • Charitable giving goals (if applicable)
  • Aging parent or disabled relative who depends on you for support
  • Final and end-of-life expenses such as medical care and funeral costs

 

This may look simple, but calculating one's individual situation can be fairly complicated.

That’s why we offer the personal guidance and assistance of a local Farmers insurance agent. If you're serious about protecting your family's future, talk to a local Farmers agent in your community today!

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