Most people believe life insurance is taken out to pay for the burial expenses of the policyholder. And while this may be part of the reason people obtain life insurance, this is not what the insurance coverage is intended for!
Life insurance is meant to replace the income that is lost by the policyholder’s death, and to be used to pay for the needs of the deceased policyholder when you are no longer earning money to do so. If you have children or relatives who depend on your income, then you should have life insurance.
Stay at home parents might think they don’t need life insurance policies as they’re not earning wages, but this is not the case. Consider how much it would cost to hire people to do all of the daily tasks you do- from day care, to housekeeping to financial management to grocery shopping, errand running and cooking. If you have a special needs family member, what would it cost to have special care arranged if you were not able to do it? Life insurance for a stay at home parent would allow the family to hire people in the event of your death to continue on doing the things you were routinely doing for the family.
As the wage earner of a family, your life insurance should replace your salary, plus pay off the mortgage, college tuitions for kids, or maybe career training for a spouse who might have to re-enter the workforce upon your untimely death.
Let is make it easier to select the appropriate life insurance policy for all your needs.