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Picture this: you scrimp, you save, and finally the day you’ve been waiting for arrives. Today is the day you get your new car. What’s the first thing you do before you even drive it out of the dealership? Yes, you insure it. There’s no way you’d risk anything happening to it, would you?
Isn’t it interesting how most of us don’t think twice about insuring our possessions, but when it comes to ourselves, we hesitate? The irony is this: if something happened to you – an accident which stopped you working, for example – you’d lose all those possessions anyway. Not to mention the strain you and your family would undergo trying to afford medical expenses, mortgage repayments and simple things like grocery bills.
Personal Insurance is one of the best ways to ensure against problems like those listed above; it’s one of the best ways to protect your loved ones. Yet, as a nation, we are seriously underinsured. Consider these statistics
However, we know Personal Insurance can seem confusing and complicated. That’s why we’ve created this simplified guide.
Life Insurance is also known as ‘Term Life Insurance’, ‘Life Cover’ or ‘Death Cover’. It provides peace of mind by ensuring your loved ones are looked after in the unfortunate event of your death. In that situation, a lump sum or the equivalent amount in instalments would be paid to the policy owner, nominated beneficiaries or to your estate.
Life Insurance becomes necessary when you have dependants who rely on you financially, or if you have debts which need to be repaid upon your death. Immediate expenses to take into account include
Only you can decide what is right for you, however, please consider the following
Total and Permanent Disability Insurance (TPD) can be added to your Life Insurance policy. It provides a lump sum payment or equivalent instalments in the event that you become permanently disabled, as defined in the policy. Generally, a permanent disability means you can’t work in your current occupation or a job you have trained in, studied for, or previously worked in. It’s important to read the fine print because various definitions apply to TPD Insurance. Your financial adviser is the best person to help you decide which option is best for you.
TPD Insurance helps to eliminate debt, pay for treatment and maintain your lifestyle while you focus on adjusting to what may be a very different lifestyle. It’s especially relevant for people with dependants – particularly if only one spouse earns an income – and for people with mortgages and other significant debts which they couldn’t pay with savings alone.
Similarly, Trauma Insurance can be added to your Life Insurance policy. This Insurance provides a lump sum benefit or equivalent instalments if you’re diagnosed with a specific illness or injury covered by the policy (such as cancer, stroke, heart disease, blindness, severe burns, loss of speech or deafness). The benefit amount, chosen by you, can be used to reduce debts, pay for medical expenses and maintain your lifestyle while you recover.
As with TPD Insurance, Trauma Insurance is especially relevant for people with dependants, particularly if only one spouse earns an income. Consider the consequences if that person became seriously ill and was unable to work. How would their family cover mortgage repayments and everyday expenses, not to mention medical costs for treatment and rehabilitation? Trauma Insurance protects you against this scenario. It may even allow you to make permanent lifestyle changes like returning to work part-time.
As the name suggests, Income Protection Insurance is the best way to protect your current income if you are unable to work due to illness or injury. Income Protection Insurance pays up to 75% of your gross annual income, in monthly payments, to cover your living expenses. Income Protection Insurance has waiting and benefit periods that can be designed to suit your specific needs and the premiums are generally Tax Deductible.
While we readily consider insuring our possessions like the house and car, we often neglect to consider the need to protect our ability to earn the income that is essential to meet our daily living expenses.
You should consider Income Protection Insurance if you have
Business Insurance, which offers includes Key Person Insurance, is designed to cover and protect key elements within a business. No matter what the size of the organisation, Business Insurance is important in the event of an unforeseen adverse situation as it helps to keep the business operating while decisions and changes are made.
Key Person Insurance, which may form a part of a Buy/Sell Agreement, provides funds to enable business owners/partners to buy out the financial interest of an ill, injured or deceased business owner/partner. It can also
Business Expenses Insurance is available to certain self-employed persons who wish to cover their fixed business expenses should they be unable to work because of illness or injury. Business expenses that can typically be covered include essential fixed costs such as
Should you be interested in discussing any of the above further, or want to know how we can assist you, contact our Client Services Team on (08) 9227 6300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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