Life Insurance provides a lump sum in the event of your death. There are two main types of life insurance: term and whole of life.
Term assurance, as the name suggests, last for a fixed period. The period can be from 1 to 40 years. This is pure insurance. There is no cash value. It only has a value if the person insured dies within the term of the policy.
Whole of life policies, have an investment element and so can build up a cash value. However, these plans are not savings plans. The investment element is used to supplement the premiums paid in later years. This is because under this type of plan the cost of insurance within the plan rises. These plans last for the whole of the insured’s life or until the policy is cashed in.
Life assurance only pays in the event of the insured’s death. Consequently, the insured person does not benefit financially. However, it does provide those they leave behind with greater financial security.
Life insurance companies do not dictate what money from a life insurance plan must be spent on. Generally, it replaces the income a person would have used in repaying a mortgage, paying for living expenses of their family or school and university fees of children.
More sophisticated uses include buying out shareholdings of private companies and paying death duties.
There are several different types of life assurance available within the market. It is important that the type you select is suitable for the purpose you wish to use it. If not, you may find you are paying significantly greater premiums than necessary for no additional benefit.
There are several important options which can be included within life assurance which you should consider before taking any policy forward. These include waiver of premium, terminal illness payment and total and permanent disability benefit.
You should speak to a qualified adviser before committing to this type of policy.
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