1. To Pay Final Expenses
The cost of a funeral and burial can easily run into the tens of thousands of dollars, and I don’t want my wife, parents, or children to suffer financially in addition to emotionally at my death.
2. To Cover Children’s Expenses
Like most fathers, I want to be sure my kids are well taken care of and can afford a quality college education. For this reason, additional coverage is absolutely essential while my kids are still at home.
3. To Replace the Spouse’s Income
If my wife had passed away while the kids were young, I would’ve needed to replace her income, which was essential to our lifestyle. I also would’ve needed to hire help for domestic tasks we’d shared like cleaning the house, laundry, cooking, helping with schoolwork, and carting kids to doctor’s visits.
4. To Pay Off Debts
In addition to providing income to cover everyday living expenses, my family would need insurance to cover debts like the mortgage, so they wouldn’t have to sell the house to stay solvent.
5. To Buy a Business Partner’s Shares
Since I’m involved in a business partnership, I need insurance on my partner’s life. The reason is so if he dies, I will have enough cash to buy his interest from his heirs and pay his share of the company’s obligations without having to sell the company itself. He has the same needs (due to the risk that I might die), and he simultaneously purchased insurance on my life.
6. To Pay Off Estate Taxes
Estate taxes can be steep, so having insurance in place to pay them is essential to avoid jeopardizing assets or funds built for retirement. Use of insurance for this purpose is most common in large estates and uses permanent (rather than term) insurance to ensure that coverage remains until the end of life.
1. The time and resources to grieve
There is likely nothing more devastating than the loss of a child. In such an unfortunate and untimely event, day-to-day responsibilities might be overwhelming – the demands of your job, paying the bills, and having to care for other children in the household. The reality is you might not have enough paid sick or vacation time from work to take care of yourself, your spouse or your other children during this difficult time. If the unthinkable were to happen, would you have done enough financial planning to have the resources to go back to work on your terms?
2. Cash Value and living benefits
The cash value earned from a permanent* life policy (such as whole life, universal and variable life) can be withdrawn or borrowed against, providing living benefits that can used by your child as he or she gets older for many things such as: College tuition and expenses Financing a vehicle Paying for a wedding Collateral for loans.
3. They’ll always be insured
There are a number of factors that can affect your child’s future insurability. High blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and cancer are just a few of the many health complications that might prevent your child from being insured down the road. One of the primary benefits of purchasing a life insurance policy when they are young is that they will always be covered regardless of their future health as long as premiums are being paid.
4. Guaranteed insurability
Some life insurance policies for children come with an optional guaranteed insurability rider/endorsement that may available for a nominal cost. As your child grows into an adult, this rider allows you to buy additional life insurance above the face value of the current policy (on specific dates and in certain increments) regardless of his/her health status at the time. Usually, the older the child gets, the fewer dates the policy owner has to purchase more life insurance and in some instances, after a certain age, the rider may not be exercised.
5. A locked-in rate
Life insurance premiums for minors can be very affordable. Buying life insurance for your child now could give you an opportunity to lock in that rate for the life of the policy. As long as the required premium is paid, the policy will stay in force.