If you have a family, or plan to have a family, buy enough life insurance so that when combined with other sources of income, it will replace the income you now generate for them. Additionally, consider having enough to offset any additional expenses they will incur to replace the services you provide. Your family may also need extra money to make changes after you die, for example, they may want to relocate or your spouse may need to go back to school.
The DIME formula is a common method used to determine how much life insurance coverage is necessary. DIME stands for Debt, Income, Mortgage, and Education, which are the four main factors that are considered when calculating life insurance coverage.
Once you have these four figures, add them together. This will give you a rough estimate of the life insurance coverage that you need.
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