Life insurance options

  • 1st May 2019

If you want to continue to make sure your family are looked in the event of your premature death, then you should consider your life insurance options. Life is complicated and can be unpredictable, so it’s important that you assess which different types of life insurance match your requirements.

‘Single life’ policies cover just one person. A ‘joint life’ policy covers two people, and when one person on the policy dies, the money is paid out and the policy ends. You will need to decide whether the joint policy pays out on first or second death, as this will determine when the policy ends.

When choosing between these options, think about:

Affordability – a joint life policy is usually more affordable than two separate single policies

Cover needs – do you both have the same life insurance needs, or would separate policies with different levels of cover be more appropriate?

Work benefits – if one of you has work ‘death in service’ benefit, you might only need one plan

Health – if your joint policy is with someone in poor health, this may increase your monthly payments

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