Life insurance is a crucial step in planning for your future. Not only can life insurance fulfill promises made to your family if you are no longer around, there are several life insurance plans that provide benefits while you are living.

Determining Your Need

The need for life insurance is dependent on your own personal and financial needs. Your American Mutual Insurance Services agent can assist you in determining what type and amount of life insurance is appropriate for you. Generally, you should consider life insurance if:

  • you have a spouse
  • you have dependent children
  • you have an aging parent or a physically challenged relative who depends on you for support
  • your retirement savings are not enough to insure your spouse’s future against a rising cost of living
  • you own a business

There are benefits of life insurance other than providing for your loved ones in case something happens to you:

  • The cash value earned and borrowed from a permanent life insurance policy can be used to help with large expenses, such as a college education or down payment on a home
  • The growth of a cash-value policy is tax-deferred – you do not pay taxes on the cash value accumulation until you withdraw funds from the policy
  • Life insurance can be used to cover funeral expenses and pay estate taxes – consult your tax advisor or financial agent for more information

Life Changes

  • your need for life insurance is dependent on your personal and financial needs. As your life changes, your life insurance coverage may need to change as well to adapt to your current needs. Some life changes that may require a policy “tune-up” include:
  • you recently married or divorced
  • you have a new child or grandchild
  • your health or your spouse’s health has deteriorated
  • you are providing care or financial assistance to a parent
  • your child or grandchild requires assistance or long-term care
  • you recently purchased a new home
  • you are planning for a child or grandchild’s education
  • you are concerned about retirement income
  • you have refinanced your home mortgage in the past six months
  • you or your spouse recently received an inheritance