Answer a few simple questions to estimate the amount of life insurance coverage you need to take care of your family.
This is an estimate only. For a complete assessment, contact a qualified insurance professional.
Think about how much money your family will need to cover daily living expenses. This is typically 60-80% of your individual post-tax income. Don’t include college savings, childcare or any debts that you would like to pay off immediately (such as your mortgage), since those are covered in other questions.
Think about how long you’ll need the additional income to support you and your family. If you have children, that might be when your youngest child graduates high school or college, or longer.
Consider things like outstanding mortgage, private student loans, credit card balances and car loans.
Consider how much it will cost for childcare services in your area and how long you’ll need them. If you’re a stay-at-home parent, you’ll likely need to pay for childcare services if you are no longer around to watch your children. Keep in mind that childcare needs will change as your children get older. While young children may need full-time childcare, it may no longer be needed as they get older and can stay home on their own while you’re at work.Not sure how much you would need? Check out Care.com to estimate childcare costs in your area.
Add children that you would like to provide college funding for, or click Next to skip this step.
If you don’t already have one, it’s a good idea to set aside at least three to six months’ worth of expenses in your emergency fund.
Do not include any life insurance policies you may have through work, since these policies will likely be eliminated when your job changes.
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