Why do I need life and income protection insurance?
One of the questions Mortgage Brokers ask clients is whether they are insured – not just car insurance or house insurance (which everyone should have by the way) but life insurance and income protection insurance. Brokers are obliged to get clients thinking about how they would pay for their mortgage in a worst case scenario.
No one likes to think about it, but what would happen if something happened to you? Either an accident or an illness that meant that you were unable to work or worse permanently incapacitated or even deceased? In this situation, how would you ensure that your family could continue to meet loan repayments and stay living in the family home?
It is important to note that a qualified insurance professional will be able to tailor your insurance to meet your individual circumstances. As with all things in life, if you want the best outcome you need to seek the best advice.
Here are some of the types of insurance available which can assist in providing security for you and your family:
1) Income Protection Insurance
Also known as salary continuance, Income Protection Insurance provides a means by which some of your income can continue to be paid to you in the event of illness or injury for a period of time to allow for recuperation. It is especially valuable for individuals whose business or income relies heavily on their own skills and ability to perform duties. Most policies will cover up to 75% of Gross (before tax) income and will be limited to a timeframe of around 2 years. The precise terms will vary from policy to policy and on how much the premiums are.
2) Total and Permanent Disability Insurance
In the event that you are seriously injured or sick and cannot perform your income producing activities for an extended period of time, Total and Permanent Disability Insurance may provide a means through which you can continue to support yourself and your family. The precise terms of a policy, including what constitutes Permanent Disability will vary across different insurance providers. It is best to consult an expert in this field who will be able to provide the alternative that is best for you and your circumstances.
3) Life Insurance
It’s not a topic we like to give much thought too, however what would happen if you were to pass away. If you die with financial obligations such as a mortgage or other loans, then those left grieving may also be responsible for the ongoing repayments. Life insurance can be taken out to ensure that if you were to pass away that your loved ones would receive payment to enable them to continue to pay the mortgage, school fees or life’s other costs.Costs of these policies will vary and are generally defined by the waiting period to receive benefits and the benefit that will be applied. A qualified insurance professional will guide you through the options.
4) Home Loan Insurance
Providers like the ALI Group provide Insurance specifically related to your home loan. This cover means that they will pay your home loan in the event that you are unable to due to some unforeseen event (usually sickness or death). This type of cover may be in conjunction with other insurances but more specifically relates to your mortgage commitment. This insurance is available through your Mortgage Broker
Now I’m feeling a bit worried…
It’s often uncomfortable to think about worst case scenarios and to sweep the thought ‘under the carpet’. Addressing your insurance needs shouldn’t make you worry though, it should actually provide you and your family with peace of mind. With the right policies in place, there are ways to ensure that life’s unexpected events need not be catastrophic to your personal finances and future lifestyle.
It is best to speak with a good Financial Planner about your insurance requirements as sometimes what you have through Super may not be sufficient. If you would like to speak with an expert, please get in touch and we can point you in the right direction.
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Douglas Piening is a Mortgage and Finance Broker with Choice Home Loans and is passionate about providing clients with lending advice they can trust. Whether it’s re-financing an existing property, buying a new or next home, or investing, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to assisting clients with their lending needs.
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This information is of a general nature only and does not constitute professional advice. You should always seek professional advice in relation to your particular circumstances.