How Much Life Insurance Do I Need

How Much Life Insurance Do I Need? | American Family Life Insurance Company

Updated August 2, 2016 . AmFam Team

Here’s how to determine how much life insurance you’ll need to make sure your loved ones’ dreams are protected. 

If you’re thinking about getting life insurance, good for you! You’re making a smart decision to help protect your loved ones’ financial future.

So, let’s get started. How much life insurance should you get? You’ll want to make sure your coverage will help your family handle day-to-day needs and ongoing expenses in the event of a passing. Things like income replacement and paying your mortgage are important things to consider. 

To get a fairly accurate coverage estimate, you’ll have to do a bit of homework, but it’s worth it. You can start by compiling all of your current and projected expenses, including daily needs like food and utilities (you may want to instead use an estimate of how much of your current income your loved ones would need to cover these expenses), as well as bigger costs like debts, housing, childcare, education (don't forget future tuition!), and funeral expenses.

Next, add up your assets, including bank accounts, investments, retirement accounts, CDs and existing life insurance.

After that, subtract the sum of your assets from your total expenses, and the resulting amount will give you an idea of how much life insurance you’ll need.

Once you’ve determined your life insurance needs and are ready to take the next step, your insurance agent (Opens in a new tab) can help you decide what options are smartest for protecting your family’s financial future.

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