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Have “The Talk” With Your Spouse about Life Insurance

Life insurance can be a touchy subject to broach. Luckily, there are a few simple rules you can follow to ensure everyone is on the same page and getting the right amount of coverage for your family. 

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Life Insurance Advice - Discussing Life Insurance with Your Spouse

There are some things in life that are difficult to discuss with your spouse or significant other. And while we can't prove it, we're pretty sure that the subject of death, dying, and life insurance comes close to the top of the list.

For many people, the thought of talking about life insurance with someone you love can be met with as much dread as a root canal. But much like other big decisions that you make together as a couple, talking about life insurance is something that you need to make the time for.

If you're uncomfortable about having a serious conversation about life insurance with your spouse and unsure about how and when to approach the subject, we hope the following suggestions will help:

Find the right opportunity.

Although we feel that there is no wrong time to discuss life insurance, there are certain life events that may make it easier to start up a conversation with your spouse. Examples of these events include the birth or adoption of a child, buying a new home, and starting a business. Why? Because all of those things signal a new financial need and added responsibility.

Approach it as a family financial plan.

Instead of having a talk about death and dying, frame the conversation around protecting your family financially if one of your paychecks were to suddenly stop. Much like insurance that protects assets such as your car or home, life insurance can be part of a sound financial plan that protects your income.

Get a few quotes to talk dollars and cents.

In the 2017 Insurance Barometer Study, one of three reasons consistently reported as to why people don't buy life insurance, 66 percent of respondents indicated they believe life insurance is too expensive.  Keep in mind the same study revealed that 52 percent of respondents overestimated the cost by three times the actual cost. If you feel that the cost of life insurance might trigger an immediate roadblock to opening up a discussion with your spouse, then do some rate shopping before broaching the subject. 

Set aside a block of uninterrupted time.

Most of us face a daily race with the clock, making it difficult to find the time to fit one more thing into our busy lives. To have a quality conversation about life insurance with your spouse, decide on a time when you both can have an uninterrupted conversation and not feel rushed. Pick a day and time and put it on the calendar!

Do your homework.

Do some online research or speak to a life insurance agent who can provide you with information on different types of life insurance. This way, you'll be better prepared to answer questions or alleviate any concerns that your spouse may have.

Talking candidly with your spouse about ensuring your family is taken care of financially could result in getting the life insurance protection you need, while bringing you both closer together.

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