Is your family protected?
As well as being well loved by your family you are also extremely financially valuable to them.
How would they manage if you were no longer around earning income or looking after the children and running the household? We don’t give a second thought to insuring our homes, personal possessions, pets and cars but have we got our own lives properly insured, should the unthinkable happen? Personal protection insurance will ensure you and your family are always fully covered in the most challenging of times.
If you have dependents, firstly make sure that your debts such as mortgages and longer-term loans are covered by suitable life assurance so that if anything happens to you, your loved ones will not have the immediate pressure of having to manage loan payments.
Secondly, consider what capital or income they would need to continue to meet all their living costs and take advice as to how best to ensure your life to provide this if you were to die. If you’re beginning to plan for your loved one’s future, it may be time to learn more about inheritance tax.
Critical Illness Cover
As the name suggests, if you were to suffer a life-changing illness or accident and you were unable to work for a long time or even ever again, critical illness cover could provide you with a lump sum to spend as you wish, which may include clearing your mortgage or debts, paying for private medical care, adapting your property or taking time off work to recuperate or spend with loved ones.
An income protection plan can pay you a tax-free income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury, from the date your claim qualifies until the end of the policy, usually set to your anticipated retirement age.
Repaying your debts may be the first stage to consider but you will also need to think about how you can continue to meet your ongoing living costs and maintain your standard of living, for you and/ or your family.
Can you afford not to protect yourself and your loved ones?
Protection comes at a cost but so does not having protection.
As independent financial planners we examine all your options, tailor a plan to suit your circumstances and then source quality personal protection insurance products from the whole market. We identify products that will meet your needs whilst keeping a close eye on your own personal budget. Where compromises have to be made, we will prioritise those areas that are most critical and will build you the best plan available within your budget. You can use lifetime financial forecasting to better understand your current financial trajectory.