How to get life insurance—tips and advice

Buying life insurance is about making sure the people who depend on you will be cared for, even if you’re not around. But how do you know how much protection you need, or which type of coverage is right for you and your family?

First time buying life insurance? Let us walk you through it.

If you’ve never purchased life insurance before, there’s a good chance you have lots of questions. Fortunately, we’ve been doing this for a very long time, so we’ve put together a mini ”How-to Guide” to help you get started

Know what you want your coverage to do.

As you get started, it can be helpful to revisit the reasons why you are buying a life insurance policy. Is it to replace your income, pay off your mortgage, or create an inheritance for your loved ones? Whatever the reasons, you’ll want to keep them in mind as you select your coverage.

Figure out how much protection you need.There are plenty of formulas you can use to determine how much insurance you need. However, it often comes down to the reasons you need coverage in the first place. For example:

The number you come up with will give you a ballpark idea. But we strongly recommend reviewing your results with a New York Life agent before making any decision.

Decide how much insurance you can afford.

As with any major purchase, it’s important to make sure your life insurance premiums fit within your budget. Remember, some life insurance premiums increase over time, so it’s important to make sure you can afford them today—and tomorrow.

Check out the insurance provider.

An insurance policy is only as good as the company that backs it, so make sure you choose a company that has a proven history of keeping its promises and is financially strong and enough to be there for you and your loved ones when needed.

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