Should I Still Buy Life Insurance After Age 50?
Life insurance provides your dependents with financial support in the case of your death. If you’re over age 50 and retiring from a government job, your life insurance policy may need to be reevaluated. Perhaps you’ve paid off your mortgage, the kids are grown up and not dependent on you financially, or Medicare and Social Security are on the way. At this stage in life, it’s crucial to assess if and where life insurance fits into the bigger picture.
Choosing a Policy Based on Financial Dependents
Dependents may include children, a spouse, parents, or any other family member that relies on you financially. How would their financial situation change if you passed? Even if you don’t have people depending on you, you may still elect to purchase life insurance to provide for them after your passing.
Choosing the Best Life Policy for 50+
When it comes to life insurance policies, you’re looking at two main categories: term life insurance or cash value life insurance. A term policy works much like other forms of insurance: you keep it until you reach a certain age and have a premium payment annually, quarterly, or monthly. There is no cash value to it, but in the event of your death, the coverage will pay out the face amount of your policy to your beneficiaries. Term life insurance gives you strong value for your money, and helps your beneficiaries with funeral expenses, ongoing living expenses, medical costs, unpaid debts, or works to replace lost income.
Cash value life insurance, on the other hand, comes in many forms such as universal life, whole life insurance, and variable universal life. Generally, a portion of the premium you pay covers the cost of insurance and the remainder goes toward an accumulated cash value. One key feature of this type of policy is that it doesn’t expire, so long as you pay the premiums.
Determine How Much Life Insurance Coverage You Need After 50
Analyze your immediate, ongoing, and future expenses and how long your family would need to recoup your lost income if you passed. You can use our Needs Analysis Calculator to help break down those costs.
If you’re a Civilian Federal Employee, learn more about Group Term Life Insurance* from WAEPA, a nonprofit organization created in 1943 For Feds, By Feds. WAEPA’s coverage is a valuable supplement or alternative to FEGLI, and offers premier membership benefits tailored exclusively to Civilian Federal Employees. Visit our Group Term Life Insurance page to learn more**.
*Underwritten by New York Life Insurance Company, 51 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010 on Policy Form GMR
**including features, costs, eligibility, renewability, limitations, and exclusion
This article is intended to provide general information and shouldn't be considered legal, tax or financial advice. It's always a good idea to consult a tax or financial advisor for specific information on how certain laws apply to your situation and about your individual financial situation.