April is National Financial Literacy Month, with the objective of educating Americans on some important but often overlooked financial issues. Perhaps one of the most fundamental threats that any American family faces is the death of a parent. That’s especially true if there are minor children in the home.Despite the threat posed by death, studies show that many households have little or no life insurance protection. A 2015 study from Bankrate found that only 60 percent of Americans had life insurance, and half of those had less coverage than they needed. Among families with children, 37 percent had no life insurance protection, while 32 percent had less than $100,000 in coverage.1
The reasons for having insufficient coverage likely vary. Some people may feel that their death is unlikely, so insurance protection is unnecessary. Others may underestimate just how much money their dependents would need. Some may believe life insurance is too expensive for them to afford.
If you’re not sure whether you have enough coverage, it can be helpful to examine your needs. Below are a few common needs and goals that can be achieved with life insurance. If you haven’t taken steps to protect your family, now may be the time to do so.
It may not be pleasant to think about your own funeral. If you pass away, however, your family will likely bear the burden of paying for your services. Even a modest funeral and burial can cost thousands of dollars. Without life insurance, your family may be forced to pay this cost during a sensitive and emotionally fragile time. Life insurance is an easy way to cover these costs and relieve your family of the burden.
Do you provide a substantial portion of your family’s income? How would they support themselves without your earnings? Perhaps one of the most effective uses of life insurance is as an income-replacement tool. You can provide your dependents with a lump sum that they can then use to support themselves as they transition into life without you.
Perhaps you don’t contribute to your household’s earnings in a substantial way, but you do contribute in other ways. For example, do you stay home to care for children while your spouse works? Do you clean, prepare meals or take care of home maintenance? How would your family cover those tasks if you were to pass away?
Think about what challenges your spouse may face without your contributions. He or she may have to hire a nanny or send your children to day care, either of which would come with high costs. He or she may need to hire a housekeeper or may spend significantly more on lawn care or dining out. Again, life insurance can be used to help cover these costs.
Your family likely has debt such as a mortgage, car loans, credit cards and more. Given all the other challenges your family may face after your death, you may want to relieve them of the burden of paying this debt. For example, perhaps you want to pay off the mortgage so your family can be certain they could stay in the family home. Life insurance could be used to pay off these debt balances after you pass away.
You may have other goals for your family after you pass away. A common goal is to fund educational expenses for children. Or perhaps you’d like to leave money in a trust that your children could access as adults. All of these goals and more can be accomplished with life insurance.
Do you have sufficient life insurance coverage for your family’s goals and challenges? If not, let’s talk about it. Contact us at Baacke Insurance Services. We can help you analyze your needs and develop a protection plan. Let’s connect soon and start the conversation.
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