How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

Posted June 16 2020

A retired senior couple support family by babysitting. Three young children sit on their grandparents' laps. The group is reading a book together.Before applying for a life insurance quote and before answering the question, “How much life insurance do I need?”, we first need to investigate what type of life insurance policy is best for you.

What type of life insurance do I need?

There are essentially two basic options when it comes to life insurance:

· Term Life, also known as temporary life insurance

· Whole Life, also known as permanent life insurance

As you may have guessed, term life covers you for a period of time or a “term”, and whole life covers you for your “whole life”! Discovering what option is best for you and your situation can be tricky, and you may need to do some assessing to see where you are at in your life, what priorities you have, and financial goals you have set for yourself and/or your family.

· How old are you?

· Are you married?

· Do you have kids or other dependents?

· What are your financial goals?

· Do you have debt, and if so, how much?

You may think that these questions are somewhat independent of each other, but the answers can help you decide not only what life insurance you need, but how much. For example, do you need coverage until your kids are a certain age and able to be self-sufficient? Do you want your coverage to also act as an investment opportunity that can build cash value?

How much life insurance do I need?

Most people typically start out by deciding on a coverage amount that will be enough to cover their remaining debt so that it does not pass on to their loved ones in the case of their demise. According to CNBC, “the average American has about $38,000 in personal debt, excluding home mortgages.” Obviously that number will increase substantially if mortgages were included. Adding your remaining mortgage balance, student loans, car loans, and any outstanding credit card debt can help you decide this amount. Generally speaking the younger you are, the more life insurance you will want to obtain, and also the easier it will be to qualify for the best rates. It is not uncommon to apply for 20 times your annual salary if you are in your twenties or early thirties with a child, a spouse and a mortgage.

Do you want to leave more to loved ones? Cover potential loss of income to the household? Then you will need to account for your debts and add more coverage beyond them in order to leave a legacy. Our experts can help you formulate what amount would be best for you in your situation and budget in this case, or any case for that matter. Contact us today at 954 828 1819 or visit us online at for a quick and easy quote!