Frequently Asked Life Insurance Questions for New Parents
When Do New Parents Need Life Insurance?
Both of you need a policy now. Even if there's a stay-at-home parent, the family budget would be rocked if one of you were to pass away. Your spouse would have to balance the pain and grief of losing you while trying to manage childcare, college savings and paying off any debt. Life insurance makes sure your family is taken care of.
What Type Of Life Insurance Should We Get?
Not sure what type of life insurance is right for you? You should get term life, which covers you for a fixed term, until you're self insured. Avoid whole life, cash value or permanent life insurance, which can be 5–10 times more expensive. These policies have an investment account associated with them, but the rate of return is terrible!
How Much Life Insurance Do Parents Need?
We suggest getting 10–12 times your annual salary. Your spouse can take that money and invest it into mutual funds with at least 10% growth. Your salary would then be covered by the interest your family takes out each year, and the original amount could stay there forever.
Does My Child Need Life Insurance Too?
This is every parent's worst nightmare, but the reality is, if you lose a child, you don't want to stress about the financial impact while grieving. The average funeral cost is around $10,000. A good rule of thumb is if you don't have that money in an emergency fund, then you can add child riders to your existing life insurance policy. This would simply pay for funeral costs in the event that your child dies. Once you have that money saved, then you can drop the rider(s).
Examples of Term Life Insurance Cost
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