It's a disturbing fact that in financial terms, many people consider their possessions to be worth more than themselves and their families.

Possessions such as cars and jewelry are nearly always insured because they are expensive to replace. How much would it cost to replace your income if that were lost?

If you were to die or fall ill, the income maintaining your dependent’s standard of living could cease almost overnight. How would your family manage the housing costs, such as rent or mortgage? Who would pay the gas/electricity or telephone bills?

Too many people ignore the financial consequences of death or illness of family members because they believe that "It won't happen to us", or "We'll manage somehow".

Even in a two-income family, losing one income can have far-reaching results – affecting housing, education, and retirement plans - so it makes sense to have insurance that covers these eventualities.

Taking out a life protection policy can put financial provision in place for your family in the event of your death. Policies need to match your specific circumstances, which means it is crucial to choose the right term and sum to insure. The cost can vary between providers and change regularly, so it is worth looking around to find the one that best suits your needs.

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The types of cover that are available include: -

Term Life assurance

Term assurance may be suitable if you only need cover for a certain period, perhaps until your children have moved out, or the mortgage has been paid off.

You decide on how long you want the policy to last for. If you die during this time, it pays a tax-free cash lump sum to your loved ones. However, if you live beyond the end of the term, your plan will have no cash value.

Whole of Life assurance

While a term assurance policy will stop providing cover at the end of the term, the cover from a whole-of-life policy will be maintained as long as you are prepared to pay the premiums, and therefore for the ‘whole of life.’ As the premiums you pay must be maintained for the life of the policy, they will be higher with the whole-of-life cover or reviewed at perhaps 5-year intervals (depending on the policy provider) to ensure the cover is sustainable. How much you pay at the outset will depend on the sum insured, the type of plan, your age and medical history.

Many risks don’t require whole-of-life protection, but for certain planning areas, such as providing for inheritance tax on death, or covering a critical illness that becomes more likely the older we get, they can be very useful tools.

Remember, you can cancel a policy at any time. However, if you do so, there is no guarantee that you will be able to get life insurance in the future, if your health deteriorates.

Critical Illness (Trauma) assurance

The thought of becoming ill is an unpleasant one, but it is important to consider when planning for the future. If you suffer a critical illness and survive, will your family still be able to afford the cost of living?

In addition, you want to feel free to have as much time as you need to recover from your illness, which is often not the case with the financial pressures that loss of income can bring.

Critical illness cover is a type of insurance policy that pays out a lump sum if you are diagnosed with a specific illness or medical condition during the term of the policy. These illnesses are defined by the insurance company, and typically include a heart attack, stroke, cancer, major organ transplants, paralysis, by-pass surgery and kidney failure. Factors that will affect the cost of critical illness cover will include the sum insured, your age and medical history.

In an average year in the UK, for example: -

  • 300,000 people will have a heart attack
  • 175,000 will survive for at least 5 years
  • 240,000 people will be diagnosed as having cancer
  • 35% of males and 46% of females will survive at least 5 years
  • 100,000 will have a stroke
  • 78% will survive

At a time when stress levels should be kept to an absolute minimum, it is crucial to know that your financial security will be maintained. You could use the lump sum to pay for specialist medical care, to make essential adaptations to your home, or simply to pay for a recuperative holiday.

Income Protection insurance

If you find yourself unable to work, how long could you and your family survive on your savings, or how long would you continue to be paid by your employer?

Permanent Health Insurance is a long-term policy that is designed to pay a regular income should you develop an illness or injury that prevents you from earning. It will continue to pay-out until you are able to return to work, retire, or until the policy ends.

Statistically, you are seven times more likely to suffer long term sickness or disability than you are to die before reaching the age of 65.

The odds of you being unable to work for three years or more due to serious illness are three times greater than they are of you dying before you retire.