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How much insurance should I have?

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

The amount of life insurance you need depends on your personal circumstances, including your income, assets, debts, and the financial needs of your dependents. Here are some factors to consider:

Income replacement: Consider how much income you would need to replace if you were to pass away. A general rule of thumb is to have enough life insurance to cover 7-10 times your annual income.

Debt: If you have outstanding debts such as a mortgage, car loan, or credit card debt, you should factor in the amount of debt you have when determining your life insurance needs.

Dependents: If you have dependents such as children or a spouse who rely on your income, you should consider how much money they would need to maintain their current lifestyle if you were to pass away.

Education: If you have children, you may want to consider the cost of their education when determining your life insurance needs.

Final expenses: You may want to factor in the cost of final expenses such as funeral costs, outstanding medical bills, and legal fees.

Assets: If you have significant assets, you may not need as much life insurance since your assets can be used to provide for your dependents.

Ultimately, the amount of life insurance you need is a personal decision based on your individual circumstances. It's important to review your life insurance needs periodically to ensure that you have enough coverage to meet your changing financial circumstances. A financial advisor or insurance agent can help you determine the appropriate amount of life insurance for your situation.


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