Joint life insurance is one of the most common types of life insurance out there and you’re sure to come across it in your journey into setting up personal protection. Read on to how this type of policy works and why it may be helpful to you.
Life insurance is a policy that pays out funds to your loved ones if you were to pass away.
There are 2 main types of life insurance policies - term life insurance and whole life insurance.
Term life insurance is an insurance policy that has a start and an end date, i.e. 10 years, 20 years, 30 years etc.
You are able to pick the amount of time you are covered for and the policy expires at the end of the agreed term. Put simply, it is protection for a particular period of time, meaning that a payout is not guaranteed.
Because of the limited time you are covered, this type of policy is usually the cheapest available on the market.
Learn more about term life insurance.
Whole life insurance is a policy that has a start date and runs until you pass away, whenever that may be. This means that a payout is guaranteed, so long as you are up to date with your payments. Since this plan comes with a guaranteed payout, it is usually more expensive than term life insurance.
Learn more about whole life insurance.
The insurance products offered by Cavendish Online have no cash-in value at any time. If you stop paying your premiums your cover will stop, your policy will end, and you will receive no benefit. For term life insurance, if you have not claimed before the end of your chosen policy term, the policy will end, and no benefit will be paid. If you experience financial difficulty and can no longer pay your premiums, please contact your insurer before cancelling your policy and before it lapses automatically as they may have options available to stop you losing the plan.
As the name implies, this type of life insurance plan covers two people and would pay out upon the first person passing away. The plan would then cease to exist.
This type of joint life insurance is mainly seen as term life insurance, but can be bought as whole life insurance through select insurers.
In comparison, joint life, second death insurance looks to pay out upon the death of the second person instead. Because of this, the plan is mainly available as a whole life plan and is often used as an option to cover a potential Inheritance Tax liability.
Some providers do also offer joint life, second death as a term insurance plan, but it is much rarer. Please speak to an adviser if this is what you are looking for.
This will come down to your personal circumstances. Joint life insurance plans are a popular choice among married couples, couples in long term relationships or couples with a shared financial liability - like a mortgage, children, debts etc.
It could also be set up to provide a lump sum to your partner if you were to pass away, allowing them to maintain their current standard of living even after you die.
An example where joint life insurance may be helpful:
If you have taken out a mortgage with your partner and one of you were to pass away, then the mortgage only needs to be paid off once, so a joint life, first death plan may be the most appropriate policy for you.
If you happen to split up or divorce your partner whilst your joint life insurance is still in place, there are a few options you can consider:
Keep the policy: Even if you split up or divorce your partner, you could choose to keep the policy in place if you want to. In this instance, you may only need to contact your insurer if one of you is changing your name or address.
See if you can split the policy: Some insurers will allow you to split the policy into 2 single policies, so be sure to contact your insurer first of all to see what they can do.
See if you can remove one person: If only one of you would like to keep the policy, contact your insurer to see if the other can simply be removed from the policy.
Cancel the policy: If you decide to cancel the policy you won’t receive any compensation on the premiums previously paid. Both parties will then need to take out individual cover if required.
The insurance products offered by Cavendish Online have no cash-in value at any time. If you stop paying your premiums your cover will stop, your policy will end, and you will receive no benefit. For term life insurance, if you have not claimed before the end of your chosen policy term, the policy will end, and no benefit will be paid.
If you are in generally good health and are looking for joint life, first death term insurance, you can get started online. For any other type of joint life insurance plan, or if you have a medical disclosure, please speak to an expert:
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