UPDATED: Nov 26, 2011

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Written By: Laura BerryReviewed By: Daniel WalkerUPDATED: Nov 26, 2011Fact Checked

If you are 25, it is probably a good idea for you to purchase life insurance. When you are 25 or in your 20s, you may feel like you are going to live forever. Unfortunately, the truth is that none of us is going to live forever and even more unfortunate, sometimes your life ends sooner than you expect. To protect against the financial despair of these situations, most people should have some sort of life insurance policy.

Most people aged 25 are just starting out in life and you may not think that you need to buy life insurance since your only responsibility is yourself. However if you take a closer look at your finances you will probably find things that your parents or other family member may end up being responsible for. Even if you don’t, there are certain types of life insurance that would be beneficial to you in the long run.

If you are single, why should you get life insurance?

If you are single with no dependents, you probably are wondering why you would need life insurance. Well, chances are that you have debt of some kind. If you went to college, you probably have some student debt. Although some student loans are forgiven in the event of death, some are not. If they are not, your family may be responsible for paying them back.

Ok, so let’s say you are completely debt free. Why would you need life insurance in that instance? Think about how your funeral expenses will be paid for. If you did not take out a life insurance policy, your family and friends will have to spend their own money to plan a final goodbye to you, and this may put some of them into debt.

What are the benefits to getting life insurance now?

Besides covering any debt you may have and possible future funeral expenses, there are other benefits to getting life insurance at a younger age. Most life insurance policies are rated according to age and health condition.

The younger you are, the less expensive your policy will be. Depending on how long of a term you sign up for, this rate will not increase until you are up for renewal. That means that if you sign up for a 25-year policy, your rate at age 49 will be the same as it was when you were 25 years of age.

In general, the younger you are, the healthier you are as well. Most life insurance companies require blood work and other health tests before accepting you. Your premium will be set based on the results. The tests are not done again until you renew or change your policy, so it is useful and beneficial to get the rates set when you are young and healthy.

Are there different types of life insurance?

When buying a life insurance policy, keep in mind that there are a number of different kinds and each comes with its own benefit. You should evaluate your needs and wishes, as well as your financial situation, when choosing the right type for you. Term life insurance is the cheapest policy. It is also the most basic. The purpose of a term policy is to pay a lump sum to your beneficiary in the event of your death. This money can be used for anything needed, whether it is to:

  • Replace an income
  • Pay off debts
  • Pay for college education
  • Pay for the funeral
  • Be put into savings

The other types of insurance are ones that build up cash value. There are a number of these available, including variable life, whole life, universal, and universal variable life. The premium for these policies is higher than term life, but the payments remain fixed provided you don’t miss payments.

These life insurance policies pay out a sum of money to your beneficiaries, just like term life does, but it also accumulates cash, which you can take out as dividends later on or use them to help pay for your insurance premiums.

If you are 25, don’t have any debt and your family is well off, so there won’t be trouble paying for your final expenses, a cash value life policy may make sense for you in terms of life insurance. It offers a low risk way of growing your money, tax-deferred. The different types of cash value accounts differ some so you would want to speak with an insurance agent to find out more detail about each one.

Whether you want to save money and get term life insurance, or you want to begin saving for retirement and the future by getting a cash value policy, life insurance is an important consideration that you should mull over. There are many professionals that can give you advice if you are unsure as to what to do.

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A former insurance producer, Laura understands that education is key when it comes to buying insurance. She has happily dedicated many hours to helping her clients understand how the insurance marketplace works so they can find the best car, home, and life insurance products for their needs.

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Dan Walker graduated with a BS in Administrative Management in 2005 and has been working in his family’s insurance agency, FCI Agency, for 15 years. He is licensed as an agent to write property and casualty insurance, including home, auto, umbrella, and dwelling fire insurance. He’s also been featured on sites like Reviews.com.

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