Both whole and term life insurance policies are beneficial for consumers. Proper financial planning for most individuals and families will include life insurance in order to provide guarantees for the beneficiaries. In most cases, term life will provide the needed liquidity in times of need, but whole life will also provide needed benefits in certain situations.Term Life InsuranceTerm life has quite a few advantages and the most obvious is cost. Families can purchase policies with large face amounts for pennies on the dollar. These benefits will provide loved ones with funds to pay for mortgage expenses, raising children, tuition, debt, and everyday living expenses.Term life literally buys time. Policies are usually purchased to cover a 20 or 30 year term. Conceivably, after this term has expired, the insured would have less debt, children would be young adults, and the family would be stronger financially overall.However, term life will eventually expire and is quite expensive to convert to whole life. Should there still be a need for insurance after the end of the term, then the proposed insured would pay much more for a similar policy. Life policies are always much less expensive when for the young and healthy. If the insured has very poor health, then he or she may no longer qualify medically for life insurance.Whole LifeWhole life is advantageous as it provides benefits for the entire life of the insured. Consumers need not worry about their future insurability as long as they pay their premiums. And a well structured whole life policy will eventually be a paid up life policy. Premiums will no longer be due and the interest earned will pay for the cost of insurance itself.Consumers can borrow against their whole life policies and use the cash value in times of need. In this way, whole life plans are much more like an investment than term life. Additionally, the internal cash value can always be used to fund a single premium paid up policy. The face amount would be less, but premiums would no longer be charged by the insurer.Whole life plans work very well to provide for known future obligations like estate and inheritance taxes. Life insurance can be setup outside of the estate and provide needed liquidity for tax, business, and personal obligations. Smaller final expense policies are always funded by whole life insurance.However, these polices can be expensive and if they are not properly funded in the present or the future, then they can become a financial burden. In some cases, a whole life policy could lapse and become worthless to the owner and the beneficiary if premiums are underestimated or simply ignored.In all, both whole and term life have a place in any financial plan. It is wise to discuss present and future needs with an agent and to perform a life insurance needs analysis. With proper planning, consumers will have peace of mind knowing that their obligations will be accounted for.