Life insurance is far from a one-size-fits-all solution, yet many individuals view it as they do the purchase of a new pair of gym socks. A recent conversation with a close friend left me with an uneasy feeling in regards to a belief held by many that their employer-sponsored life insurance is both enough protection, and the most appropriate solution to cover their family in the event of loss.  While a generous addition to an employee’s compensation package, group life insurance policies have significant limitations which need to be better understood by the individual employee and their family to best determine whether or not they need to obtain additional coverage which more accurately reflects their unique goals.  Most group coverage is a temporary form of life insurance. Individuals risk losing this life insurance and placing their loved ones in jeopardy, should they leave the firm, or have their employment terminated. It is often suggested by advisors, that individuals should obtain life insurance in multiples of their current salary to offset lost income for years to come. While many advisors advocate young families to hold a life insurance multiple of 10X - 20X their current salary in order to properly provide for dependents, the vast majority of employer-sponsored group life policies only cover 1X, 2X, or 3X current salary.  Not only does this represent a huge planning gap which could dramatically impact dependent’s quality of life; major sacrifices will need to be made assuming that lost income is not replaced. The key is to understand your coverage and how it directly impacts the lives of loved ones.  - Jordan Seiken, Life Insurance Specialist, Trident Insurance Agency

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