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How Much Life Insurance Do I Need?

By February 11, 2019August 31st, 2021Personal Insurance
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Determining how much life insurance you need requires an examination of your current and future financial obligations, along with the resources your family could tap.

Your future obligations are a combination of what it would cost to help your surviving family members meet immediate and ongoing needs like funeral costs, taxes, food, clothing, utilities, mortgage payments, and your future obligations like college and retirement funding.

The resources that your surviving family members could draw on to meet those obligations include your spouse’s or partner’s income, savings and investments, other income producing assets, and any life insurance you might already own.

The difference between the two—your financial obligations minus the resources your family has to meet those obligations—is the approximate amount of additional life insurance you need. If this sounds confusing, you’re not alone. That’s why most people turn to a qualified insurance professional when they want to figure out how much insurance they need.

But if you don’t feel you’re ready to speak with an agent or want a preliminary sense of your needs before meeting with an agent, visit Life Insurance Needs Calculator. It will walk you through the various questions you need to ask yourself and provide you with a rough estimate of how much life insurance you need to protect your family.

R.S. Semler Insurance Affiliate of Robertson Ryan Insurance has the resources to help you understand the confusion when it comes to purchasing life insurance. We have been providing peace-of-mind to Hartford and Washington County for over 50 years. We represent only the most reputable and financially stable insurance companies, which gives our clients the protection they deserve. Individual life insurance is arguably the biggest investment you can make in your loved one’s security. It’s a complicated field, but don’t let that put you off. We’ll be happy to talk you through the options. For a graphic that can help you understand life insurance visit

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