How to reassess your life insurance needs

Life insurance is something that’s not particularly enjoyable to think about, but it can be a great weight off your mind to know you have a policy in place. That said, even if you’re already paying into cover, an occasional reassessment of your life circumstances and situation can be useful.

There are hundreds of different life insurance policies out there, all offering peace of mind and freedom of worry – but are they really giving you the cover you need? Set some time aside to take stock of your life insurance policy or consider taking out one for the first time.

Putting a price on your wellbeing

As a life insurance policy is designed to help out the people you leave behind, it’s your dependants you’re most likely to be thinking about when choosing between different policies. From ensuring your partner or children will be able to support themselves to being certain that all of your outstanding debts and bills can be covered, life insurance can take a real weight from your shoulders. Understand how life insurance works and what it could mean for you with the help of this Defacto guide. Defacto is an independent financial research and software company.

It’s worth investigating the world of life insurance as what appears to be a straightforward transaction can actually be relatively complicated. MoneySupermarket offers a good, no nonsense article on life insurance that explains a little about the different types of cover and what they could mean for your family. To understand the options open to you and which might be most suitable for your situation, you first need to asses your needs and Talk Talk offers an insurance feature that could help you get started.

The magic age: reaching 50

After turning 50, you’ll find you have a whole new range of options when it comes to cover. There are a host of insurance policies designed specifically to cater to older individuals, but you may find the deal you have already is better for you or that you’re just as well choosing a policy suitable for all ages. In fact, there was once a time when many people would consider ending their insurance policy once they reached 50, the logic being that any children they had would be old enough to look after themselves. The trend has shifted somewhat and those over 50 now commonly seek life insurance. The Economic Times has an interesting insurance article for anyone who can’t decide whether they want a policy or not.

On the other hand, Forbes had published an in depth look at how useful life insurance is for older people – especially women – which may also encourage you to reassess whether cover is really the right choice for your circumstances. If you do want to go ahead with buying, renewing or switching your life insurance policy, be sure to read the small print and investigate all of the available options.


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