6 Reasons Single People May Need Life Insurance

Many people make the assumption that life insurance is for married couples and those with kids. While it is true that not all single people need life insurance, there are a number of reasons when it can make (really) good sense.

1. You have student loan debt. Many people assume that your debt dies with you, but that’s not always the case. While the loans through the federal government are discharged (aka forgiven) if you were to die, personal loans that have a cosigner are generally not. That means if your parents, for example, co-signed your student loan through a bank, they would be responsible for paying the rest of the loan if something happened to you. There are instances when the bank has called for the loan to be paid in full immediately following a death. You don’t want to leave your parents dealing with grief and loan payments.

2. You’re living with your significant other. When you’re living together, a lot becomes shared financial responsibility. Consider this example: You need both your incomes to meet the mortgage or rent where you’re living. Have you thought about what happens if one of you dies prematurely? Would the other partner have to sell up? Find a new place to live immediately? And this is just one example of many shared financial responsibilities couple have. Adequate life insurance is an easy answer to those questions.

If your parents co-signed your student loan through a bank, they’d be responsible for paying the rest of the loan if something happened to you.

3. You plan on having kids … someday. It may not be now, but when kids do come, so do the expenses and bills. According the USDA, it costs $245,340 to raise a child to age 18, and that’s without factoring in the cost of college. Getting life insurance in place now means you have coverage in place for when you do have a child. Plus, you protect your insurability for the future. … and that leads us to the next reason.

4. You’re young and healthy. Age and health are two major drivers of how much you’ll be paying for life insurance. Why not lock in a low price if you have both of those working for you? Did you know that a health 30-year-old can get a 20-year $250,000 term life insurance policy for about $13 a month? Doable, right? Don’t wait until a health issue or age puts life insurance out of your reach.

5. You know you’ll be taking care of family members in the future. This may mean aging parents or perhaps you have a special-needs sibling that you help care for and support financially. What would happen to them if something happened to you and your support disappeared? Life insurance can ensure that there is money in place to fund those needs into the future. This is where it might be wise to consider a permanent life insurance policy (one that’s there for your lifetime, as long as you pay your premiums).

6. It will pay for your funeral. No one likes to think about such things, but the truth is if you die, someone will have to pay for your funeral. You wouldn’t want to leave your parents, partner or other family members struggling with grief as well as paying for a funeral and burial, which can cost an average of $7,100.

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  1. These are some really good reasons to have life insurance. I really didn’t know about the student loan debt information you mentioned. That is really interesting that your dept can be passed on to your parents or a co-signer if you die with debt. I also didn’t know that it would be that cheap to get life insurance while you are young. I will have to look into it, thanks!

  2. Points 3.. and 4. stand out for me. Many of the young people I meet say they’re expecting to get married someday and maybe raise kids. They’re already somewhat familiar with life insurance, so move ahead with coverage.

  3. Very Informative content, everyone should follow these tips to avoid financial shortage and stress less life. Insurance can give you chance to get up in life again due to sudden finance pay that came in usual life like Accident, Death, disability, disaster and so many problems that is root of financial shortage.

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  5. Great points, most people don’t think of their future needs until they are actually facing the situation. It is all about preparing for the future and what it may bring to you (and your family). Plan ahead.

  6. I haven’t thought about life insurance yet, since I am still fairly young. But, I like that you point out all of these reasons to get it. It makes me realize I need to get it now! I never know what is going to happen in the future so I should prepare for it now!

  7. As John Wooden once said “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.” Sage words from a wise man. Buy life insurance when you’re young and healthy, period.

  8. It was really good how you said that we need life insurance if we plan on having kids because it costs $245,340 just to raise a single kid until 18, and college fees are not even included in that. That is a large amount of money, so I guess we do need to buy an insurance. My wife and I are planning to have a first baby soon, and we’re talking about the things that we need to consider before we proceed. Thanks for sharing this. I’ll make sure to discuss it with her.

  9. Young/healthy and being proactive and not reactive. GPR Gap Protection Rider created for us to sell. Locks in current age/health/risk rate and allows policy face amount to grow 5/10/15% proportionately to premium. Allows clients to grow into a policy.

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