The first category is fairly easy to estimate. It’s the sum of final expenses (including uncovered medical costs, funeral expenses and final estate-settlement costs) and other lump-sum obligations (such as outstanding debts, mortgage balance, and college costs).
The second variable is a bit trickier. It involves calculating the “present value” of future needed cash-flow streams. By answering a few simple questions below, you can get a rough sense of the needs for capital that might exist at your death.
This life insurance calculator online has provided a rough sense of your potential life insurance needs. To the extent that you or your beneficiaries are eligible for Social Security benefits, those benefits have not been included in this analysis. Social Security benefits, if available, will somewhat reduce the need for life insurance. For a more accurate and detailed analysis, contact a professional life insurance agent.