How much and what type of life insurance is right for me?

Life insurance is a risk management tool intended to replace your income or cover a liability in case of death. If you need to replace your lifetime of income, you should do a calculation of how much you would need to sustain that income over the lifetime (or need time) of your heirs. As for type, if you have a lifetime need then a permanent policy is the safest bet, but keep in mind it is the most expensive. If you need to cover a 10-30 year need, then level term insurance makes more sense.