While life insurance is usually associated with breadwinners, there are some good reasons to get it for a child. But, it’s very much a case-by-case product, so it’s worth getting expert advice.
Child life insurance is usually a whole life policy that starts much earlier in life than usual. It has three main advantages.
- One is that it can cover funeral costs, counseling and leave from work in the tragic event that your child dies.
- The second advantage is that it can act as a form of savings, particularly for college fees. Most child life insurance policies build up a cash reserve that you can either withdraw (for a fee) or use as security on a loan. In most cases, the growth of this cash reserve is at a guaranteed rate.
- The final advantage is that starting a policy now reduces the risk of your child having trouble getting a policy themselves as an adult if they’ve developed a medical condition in the meantime.
How relevant and significant these benefits are will depend on your financial circumstances, your other savings and investments and your attitude toward risk.
To get more insight into whether child life insurance is right for your family, contact us today.