Insurance Calculators / Life Insurance
How much life insurance do you need? Enter your current assets, expenses, income and let us determine how much life insurance you need. You can also adjust the inflation rate and your expected rate of return to see how these variables can impact your insurance needs. Press the report button to see a year by year breakdown of your family's future income and expenses.
*Both the future expenses and future income totals are expressed as the amount of cash required today, invested at your expected rate of return, to equal the total future cash flow. For example, if you are expecting to receive ,000 in exactly one year, that ,000 has the same value as 9 today invested at 10%. Our totals show these current amounts to calculate the life insurance you require today to cover your future expenses after your future income is taken into account.
Current life insurance coverage
Total amount of life insurance coverage you currently have for yourself.
Years for insurance income to last
Number of years your spouse will need to use your insurance proceeds to provide for living expenses and income.
Cash and savings
Total you have in cash, checking accounts, savings accounts or other accounts that can be used to help cover expenses.
Total amount of equity in your home that you are willing to use toward your living expenses. Only include the home equity that you consider available to use toward your living expenses. For example, the equity you would make available by selling your home and moving into a smaller one.
Total value of all investments that you are willing to use toward your living expenses.
Any other assets that you may be willing to sell or liquidate.
Estate or inheritance taxes on assets
Taxes that are required to be paid on your assets at death.
All costs required to cover the cost of the funeral.
Uninsured medical costs
Any medical costs that are not covered by your medical insurance. Make sure to include any deductibles.
Credit card debt, auto loans, home equity loans, mortgages or other debt that you wish to repay. Providing the ability to repay these loans if you were to die can significantly help your family meet its monthly living expenses.
Any other items that you need to pay with your insurance proceeds.
College fund for children
Amounts you wish to provide your surviving children to cover future college expenses.
Spouse income from work
Income expected from your spouse after your death. If your spouse needs education or retraining, make sure that the starting year for this income provides adequate time to complete.
Social security survivor benefits
Depending on your work history, your family may qualify for Social Security benefits. Typically Social Security benefits for the Widow/Widower cease when the youngest child turns 16. The child's benefit generally continues to age 18. Once the children are gone, Social Security benefits are generally not available until the Widow/Widower turns age 60.
Living expenses with children at home
Total monthly expenses while your children are living at home. This should include all monthly expenses except child care.
Living expenses with children gone
Total monthly expenses after your children have left home. This should include all monthly expenses.
Children's education expenses
Monthly expenses for your children's education expenses. If your children have not yet entered college, and have no other educational expenses, leave this amount at zero and enter an amount in the college fund entry fields in the total expenses at death section.
Retraining and education for spouse
Monthly expenses expected to cover any cost of education or retraining for your spouse to re-enter the workforce.
Any other monthly expenses not included above.
The amount of funds available to your family after your expenses at death have been covered. This includes any current life insurance.
Information and interactive calculators are made available to you as self-help tools for your independent use and are not intended to provide investment advice. We can not and do not guarantee their applicability or accuracy in regards to your individual circumstances. All examples are hypothetical and are for illustrative purposes. We encourage you to seek personalized advice from qualified professionals regarding all personal finance issues.