Over the last few years, many of the financial decisions you have made have likely been reactionary to circumstances around you. Job stability, costs of living, interest rates, ways of doing business and more have shifted, and as a result, have forced people to prioritize what’s most important to them.
During Life Insurance Awareness Month this September, it’s a good time to step back and make thoughtful plans for possible scenarios that could occur down the line. What will happen to you and your loved ones in the case of an unforeseen illness or death? Do you have a life insurance policy that continues to properly protect you and your loved ones? If you don’t have life insurance at all, or no longer have enough coverage for the current life stage and obligations you have, it’s time to start or revisit your policy.
Here are a few ways life insurance can protect those who matter most to you:
- Life insurance can help family members keep up with childcare costs and college tuition, pay for basic needs like food and shelter, and even cover expensive medical bills or funeral and burial costs, after a provider has passed away. It’s important to make sure your life insurance properly accounts for all your financial needs today, and that all beneficiaries are up to date. If your relationship or family status has changed due to marriage, divorce, a new child, or a deceased loved one, it’s time to make sure everything is set as you want it to be and to double-check for accuracy once a year.
- Even in a competitive housing market with limited inventory, people are still moving into new homes. Often, a new home purchase means increasing one’s debt. Ensuring you have enough life insurance to cover any new liabilities is critical for the financial future of you and your loved ones.
- If you have hopes of a family business staying in the family after you’ve passed, developing and updating a succession plan is critical to ensuring the business can move to other family members without too much of a financial burden. Life insurance can help cover certain taxes that are applied when passing a business to the next generation.
- Believe it or not, life insurance can also be tapped while a policy owner is still alive, for things like retirement income stream or covering costs related to a terminal illness, to be used in addition to other vehicles like long-term care insurance or disability insurance.
“Many people, especially those who are earlier in their careers, don’t prioritize life insurance. They are thinking about paying off student debt and saving for a home, family, or travel,” shared John Uyeki, SVP, Director of Financial Services, Chelsea Groton Bank; Financial Advisor, Infinex Investments, Inc. “This means they are often grossly underinsured, when it’s the most cost-effective time for them to purchase life insurance. They’re typically content to settle for the life insurance provided by their employer, which expires once they leave a job. As they move from job to job—which is not uncommon today—they naturally age and the cost of life insurance rises.”
“Our goal is to ensure all people, including this younger generation, begin to invest in their retirement. As soon as someone has earnings, a portion of a salary should be put into some form of retirement account,” Uyeki shared. “And for those who have started a policy, but their lives have changed since the last time they reviewed it, an evaluation of the coverage they currently have and the coverage they need should occur at least annually.”
Curious About Coverage?
For those interested in getting a better understanding of coverage needed and costs associated with proper coverage, Chelsea Groton Financial Services has a free Life Insurance Calculator. Visitors to the site will be able to play around with calculations, whether they know how much insurance they want or if they need help determining the right amount of coverage.
Personal financial obligations determine the amount of coverage you need, while age, tobacco use, health conditions, risky occupations or hobbies, and type of policy are a few of the top factors that impact cost.
Ready to chat about life insurance coverage and the other financial vehicles you should be considering as you plan for retirement? Call the team of advisors at Chelsea Groton Financial Services at 860-572-4040. The team will work with you to ensure you have the appropriate amount of life insurance for your needs, and that funding and beneficiaries are properly allocated, in order to protect the financial future of those you care about most.
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