How Term Life Insurance Can Provide Financial Security for Your Family

How Term Life Insurance Can Provide Financial Security for Your Family

May 23, 2024

Term life insurance is one of the best ways to ensure your family’s financial security if something happens to you. As the primary breadwinner, your income keeps your family afloat by paying for expenses, loans, healthcare, children’s education, and more. If you pass away unexpectedly, where will they get the funds to maintain their lifestyle? This is where term insurance steps in to provide a lump sum amount that replaces your income so your loved ones are protected.

What is Term Life Insurance?

Term life insurance is the purest form of life insurance as it only offers a death benefit without other components like cash value or investments. You also select the policy duration or “term” for which you want the coverage—10, 20, 30 years, etc. The longer the term, the higher the premium. Once you determine these factors, the insurance company quotes you for annual or monthly premiums.

Why Term Life Insurance Matters for Family

  1. Replaces Lost Income: Term insurance provides lumpsum funds to replace your earnings for several years. Your spouse can invest this amount to generate an alternative income stream.
  2. Pays Off Debts: Any outstanding loans, such as home mortgages, car loans, and personal debts, pass on to your family after you. Term policy proceeds give them funds to pay off these debts so they don’t become overburdened. 
  3. Covers Children’s Education: You likely had big education plans for your kids, which could derail if you’re not around. The death benefit can be used to continue funding their higher education and other requirements.
  4. Fulfills Long-Term Goals: Many parents dream of specific milestones for their children, like marriage, buying a house, etc. Term plans ensure your family has the monetary means to fulfil such goals in your absence.
  5. Offers Tax Benefits: Premiums paid towards term insurance qualify for tax deductions up to ₹1.5 lakhs under Section 80C of the Income Tax Act. Thus, it provides income tax savings along with financial security.

How Much Coverage To Buy?

Deciding on the right amount of term insurance coverage for your family requires careful consideration of multiple factors.

  • Your annual earnings & family’s current living costs
  • Number of dependents and years for which they need support
  • Children’s education, marriage & other future costs
  • Your outstanding liabilities include loans, mortgages, etc.
  • Likely rate of inflation on future expenses

As a broad guideline, experts recommend buying a term policy equal to 10-15 times your annual income as a starting point. This should cover most of the above needs. You can always enhance coverage later if required. 

Choosing the Best Term Insurance Plan

While buying term insurance, don’t just look at the premium costs. Several other factors constitute a good term insurance plan:

  1. Claim Settlement Record: Go with an insurer with an excellent claim settlement history. This ensures your family gets the payout smoothly when they need it.
  2. Policy Term: Pick a term that covers your dependents’ financial needs. Terms like 30-40 years are suitable for toddlers or pre-teens at home.
  3. Renewability: Opt for policy renewability so coverage can continue uninterrupted after the term expires. This prevents gaps in financial security. However, renewable policies may come with higher premiums upon renewal. 
  4. Premium Payment Mode: Choose annual over monthly premiums for lower overall costs despite higher outflow per instalment.
  5. Riders & Add-Ons: For added risk coverage, include riders such as accidental death, critical illness, etc.
  6. Tax-Saving Options: Select insurers that allow coverage enhancements while preserving tax benefits on premiums.


Life’s uncertainties can hit anyone any time, so having term insurance ensures complete peace of mind regarding your family’s financial standing. With term insurance in place, your loved ones can pursue their aspirations, maintain their lifestyle, and build a secure future without concerns about financial strain.


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