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Life Insurance - Deciding What You Need & Policy Information Oregon City OR

Most financial planners will say that you should have life insurance, 5 times your annual salary. Those with more dependents may need more life insurance. Other financial planners say that you should look at the total amount of income that you want to replace between now and retirement.

Harold D. West (RFC®), CLU
(503) 597-2700
5285 Meadows Rd Ste 148
Lake Oswego, OR
Company
Sumner Financial Group Ltd
Qualifications
Education: MA
Years of Experience: 48
Membership
IARFC
Services
Invoice, Estate Planning, Pension Planning, Retirement Planning, Tax Planning, Annuities, Life Insurance, Charitable Planning, Asset Protection

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Jeff Vass
510 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR
Company
Title: LPL Financial Advisor
Company: Meridian Financial Group
Type
Investment Advisor Rep: Yes
Service
401k Rollover From Employer,CD Alternative,Disability Insurance,Annuities,Long-Term Health Care Planning,Estate Tax Planning,Asset Protection Strategies & Planning,Stock Market Alternative,Alternative Investments,Life Insurance,Investment & Portfolio Management,Insurance & Risk Management Planning,Retirement Income Accumulation Planning,IRA, 401k, Roth IRA, QDRO Rollovers,Wealth Management,Health Care Insurance,Retirement Planning,Business Succession & Liquidation Planning,Retirement Income Dist

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Fred King, CFP
The H Group, Inc.
Portland, OR
Company
Company: Fee-Only Financial Planner ("No Commissions")
Type
Registered Investor: Yes
Education
Oregon State University
B.S., Business
Years Experience
Years Experience: 6
Service
Wealth Engineering,Income for Life/ Preserve Principal,Medicare Planning,Investment & Portfolio Management,Investment Consulting & Allocation Design,Insurance & Risk Management Planning,Retirement Income Distribution Planning,Education Funding & Financial Aid Planning,Fee-Only Comprehensive Financial Planning,Portfolio Engineering,IRA, 401k, Roth IRA, QDRO Rollovers,Alternative Investments,Retirement Planning,Long-Term Health Care Planning,Business Succession & Liquidation Planning,Estate Tax Pl

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AAA Oregon/Idaho
(503) 222-6734
600 SW Market Street
Portland, OR
 
Jeff Vass
510 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR
Company
Title: LPL Financial Advisor
Company: Meridian Financial Group
Type
Investment Advisor Rep: Yes
Service
401k Rollover From Employer,CD Alternative,Disability Insurance,Annuities,Long-Term Health Care Planning,Estate Tax Planning,Asset Protection Strategies & Planning,Stock Market Alternative,Alternative Investments,Life Insurance,Investment & Portfolio Management,Insurance & Risk Management Planning,Retirement Income Accumulation Planning,IRA, 401k, Roth IRA, QDRO Rollovers,Wealth Management,Health Care Insurance,Retirement Planning,Business Succession & Liquidation Planning,Retirement Income Dist

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Mr. Michael A. Smolak (RFC®), MBA
(503) 445-2626
5901 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 135
Portland, OR
Company
Dimension Resources
Qualifications
Education: BSMEMBA
Years of Experience: 26
Membership
IARFC
Services
Invoice, Estate Planning, Portfolio Management, Pension Planning, Executive Compensation Planning, Retirement Planning, Seminars Work, Employee Benefits, Stocks and Bonds, Mutual Funds, Annuities, Life Insurance, Disability Income Insurance, Long Term Care Insurance, Medical Insurance, Group Insurance, Asset Protection

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PHIL MABINI
1307 NE PARK LANE
FAIRVIEW, OR
Company
Title: FINANCIAL ADVISER
Company: WORLD FINANCIAL GROUP
Service
IRA, 401k, Roth IRA, QDRO Rollovers,Annuities,Life Insurance

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Stephen Kirkendall
12014 Southeast Mill Plain
Vancouver, WA
Company
Company: Kirkendall Financial Services
Service
Income for Life/ Preserve Principal,Alternative Investments,Investment & Portfolio Management,Retirement Planning,Annuity Ideas & Strategy Planning,Retirement Income Distribution Planning,Individual Income Tax Planning,Pension for Highly Compensated Owners,Stock Market Alternative,Wealth Management,Annuities,Investment Consulting & Allocation Design,Estate Tax Planning,Asset Protection Strategies & Planning,IRA, 401k, Roth IRA, QDRO Rollovers,CD Alternative,Life Insurance,Alternative Asset Class

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Primerica Life Insurance Company
(360) 524-3078
700 North Hayden Island Drive Suite 330
Portland, OR
Services
Term Life Insurance
Prices and/or Promotions
Complimentary Financial Needs Analysis (FNA)

Fred King, CFP
The H Group, Inc.
Portland, OR
Company
Company: Fee-Only Financial Planner ("No Commissions")
Type
Registered Investor: Yes
Education
Oregon State University
B.S., Business
Years Experience
Years Experience: 6
Service
Wealth Engineering,Income for Life/ Preserve Principal,Medicare Planning,Investment & Portfolio Management,Investment Consulting & Allocation Design,Insurance & Risk Management Planning,Retirement Income Distribution Planning,Education Funding & Financial Aid Planning,Fee-Only Comprehensive Financial Planning,Portfolio Engineering,IRA, 401k, Roth IRA, QDRO Rollovers,Alternative Investments,Retirement Planning,Long-Term Health Care Planning,Business Succession & Liquidation Planning,Estate Tax Pl

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Life Insurance - Deciding What You Need & Policy Information

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Life Insurance - How do I decide what I need?

This is a big question. In general, most financial planners will say that you should have life insurance equal to at least 5 times your annual salary. Some folks with more dependents (older parents, children and spouse) may need more life insurance.

Other financial planners say that you should look at the total amount of income that you want to replace between now and retirement. While the numbers can be big and scary if you are young, your actual life insurance needs will decrease over time.

Let's look at an example. If I'm 25 and make $35,000 a year and I want to replace the income I'd make between now and retirement age, I'd be looking at life insurance for $848,000. Whew! Well, there are a number of concerns with that:

  1. First and foremost, can I afford the premium?
    At this age, you may be able to. The risk to a life insurance company is low.
  2. Does my spouse work?
    If my spouse does work I may not have to replace my total salary.
  3. If I have a stay-at-home spouse, would they consider going back to work after a certain period?
    If you think your spouse may want to retrain for another career you may actually need to consider more money. Or perhaps, if the total amount of the life insurance policy paid out the mortgage and put some money in the bank, your spouse could return to the workforce on a part-time basis.
  4. Am I trying to leave my family 'set for life' or am I trying to get them over a tough time?
    This is entirely up to you. Balance it out against the amount of the life insurance premium.
  5. Is it overkill?
    (Excuse the pun.)

These are questions which must be considered. At a minimum, your life insurance coverage should:

  • Fully pay out your mortgage
  • Fully pay for funeral costs
  • Allow for supplementary childcare for at least 2 years (if you have children)
  • Fully pay out any other debts, like car loans, outstanding bills from credit cards or utilities, etc
  • Leave a little something in the bank for emergencies

Does 5 times your salary meet these requirements? Great. If not, you might have to consider up to 8 times your salary. Then consider all the factors which might affect your spouse's ability to handle the situation - perhaps you've died in an accident in which they were hurt too, or perhaps you have a family of 9 children and your spouse couldn't return to work - and add additional money as required.

What about college for the kids?

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