If you have any dependents, or debts that someone has cosigned on your behalf, you should consider a term policy. I believe that “no dependents, no need for life insurance” is valid for most people. One exception that may apply (I’m not fully convinced) is when the individual is likely to have the need for insurance at some point in the future, e.g. they have a strong chance of getting married and wanting children. It’s easier to buy insurance at a younger age and there’s always the chance that one becomes uninsurable just at the point when the need arises. I believe that there’s a much greater need for disability insurance. The numbers show far more people become disabled before retirement age than dying. Something to consider.