Life insurance is typically bought to cover a mortgage, in the event of your death. It gives peace of mind if you are no longer around, your family will benefit from a cash lump sum which will provide financial security.

It’s particularly important for people with dependants, a partner or family looking for financial security.

Types of Critical Illness Insurance

Level Insurance

Level term life insurance is where the premiums and amount of cover stay the same during a policy term, regardless of when the insured person passes away.

Decreasing Insurance

Sometimes known as mortgage life insurance, decreasing insurance means the payout amount reduces each year. It’s generally used to help pay off a repayment mortgage.

Increasing Insurance

The payout amount goes up in time as does your monthly payment. Many choose it to protect the value of the payout against inflation, the rising cost of living.

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How Much Cover Should I Have?

A rule of thumb is to cover 10 times the main breadwinners income. The aim is to have enough cash to cover the lack of income if you're gone. So if you've no partner or children who need the money don't bother. If you do need cover, it's important to consider the financial impact if you died.

You need to ensure that you take out enough to cover your mortgage. For example, if you’ve got a 25 year mortgage for £450,000 and you take out mortgage life cover for £300,000, you’ll be at risk of underinsuring your mortgage. Which means your family will be left with a shortfall to cover the outstanding mortgage.

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Should I Write My Life Policy Into Trust?

Writing a policy in trust means the payout from the policy will be paid directly to the beneficiaries rather than your estate. Because the policy is held within trust it means that the payout won’t be subject to inheritance tax. It also means payment to your beneficiaries will probably be quicker, as the money will not go through the probate process. Instead, the insurer can arrange the payout once they’ve received the death certificate and any other required documents.

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