The more you are responsible for, the more you likely need.
Arguably, everyone needs financial protection. The scale and nature of this protection will vary, however, depending on your circumstances, your attitude to risk, and your financial goals.
A young, single entrepreneur with few assets and no dependents will have different protection needs to a middle-aged, home owning couple with three small children.
The younger entrepreneur, for instance, may not be providing vital financial support to someone else. As such, should he suddenly die may not need a life insurance policy to pay out a lump sum. However, he might want to make financial provisions for himself in case he becomes seriously injured and can no longer work to support his lifestyle.
The couple, on the other hand, may have a host of assets built up - property, pensions, cash savings and stock market investments - that need accounting for should disaster strike. They also have their children who need to be financially supported should one (or both) parent(s) die unexpectedly or become seriously injured or ill. Here, the couple may wish to consider a wider range of options including life insurance and other policies like income protection.