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Can Life Insurance be Purchased on Anyone by Anyone?

Can Life Insurance be Purchased on Anyone by Anyone?

Life Insurance, as you probably know, is something almost everyone needs, because even though no one wants to think about the consequences surrounding death, it’s important to make sure you do have life insurance in place to help cover costs and protect your family.

So while it might be a no-brainer to purchase life insurance on yourself to financially protect your loved ones if you were to pass away, you might be wondering if you can purchase it on someone else. Can life insurance be purchased on anyone by anyone?

Can Life Insurance be Purchased on Anyone by Anyone?

Insurers actually have requirements about which people you can purchase life insurance policies on.

According to, “buying life insurance on someone else is possible as long as you have consent and insurable interest;” insurable interest is defined by determining whether “you would be adversely affected financially if the person who is insured died.” gives several examples of who would have insurable interest, like married couples (since spouses’ finances normally affect each other) and some business relationships, which can be “financially protected with a life insurance policy.”1

Be aware: state law dictates who would be considered as having an insurance interest, and the definition of such. Be sure to check on those details with a licensed insurance agent in your state.

So if you typically can buy a life insurance policy on someone who has given consent and in whom you have an insurable interest, who wouldn’t make the list?

According to, “you can’t buy a life insurance policy on a mere acquaintance or stranger, and you can’t secretly buy a life insurance policy on someone else...”2

If you have any questions about life insurance and on whom you can purchase a policy, contact a financial advisor or a licensed insurance agent.

May 29, 2019

May 29, 2019

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