Basic Financial Planning for Newlyweds
Step 7: Review Your Life and Disability Insurance Needs
Your Initial Financial Plan:
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Ask an insurance salesperson how much life and disability insurance you need, and they'll probably tell you, "A lot!" The problem is, they're usually not very far from the truth.
Most newlyweds aren't in a position to be without disability insurance and life insurance. Even if you have some coverage through an employer sponsored plan, you might still need to purchase additional coverage on your own.
The easiest way to find out how much insurance you need is to seek the advice of a financial professional. If you're already working with someone, hopefully your spouse will feel comfortable with that person as well.
Otherwise, if you're looking for a financial advisor, how can you find one that you and your spouse can trust? The first step is to ask your friends, family, and business colleagues the name of their financial advisor and whether they're happy with the advice they have received. If you have a relationship with a CPA or an attorney, ask them for a recommendation as well. Then, after gathering some names, you and your spouse should meet with at least three different financial advisors to get a sense of how they work.
How Much Life Insurance Do You Need?
If you'd prefer to crunch the numbers yourself, there's lots of great information and useful calculators on-line. When working through the math, keep in mind that you'll be looking to your life insurance to provide liquidity so your family can:
Why re-invent the wheel? Instead, take advantage of a few on-line calculators.
How Much Disability Insurance Do You Need?
The questions should really be how much disability insurance can you get? As an incentive for people to get back to work as soon as possible after becoming disabled, most disability income policies will only cover up to 60 to 70 percent of salary.
Now that you're married, don't forget to review who is the named beneficiary on all of your life insurance policies.
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What About Long-Term Care Insurance?
Generally, people wait until they are between the age of 50 and 60 before purchasing long-term care insurance. Most newlyweds, therefore, might be too young to consider purchasing this insurance.
However, have your parents purchased long-term care insurance yet? Remember, if your parents need to pay for in home care or nursing home care, how long do you think their savings will last?
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