If you have other people who depend on your income and you don’t already have life insurance in place, it’s important that you consider taking out a life insurance policy as soon as you can, regardless of whether you have a mortgage or not.
However, even if you don’t have any children and you’re renting, life insurance can still provide valuable financial protection, should the unthinkable happen to you or your partner.
Nobody knows what the future holds, but everyone knows what and who’s important to them.
Consider if you were to pass away, what would the financial impact be on your partner? (and vice versa). Not just the loss of household income, but also things like funeral costs. Where would the money come from?
If either of you would struggle to pay for any of this, then life insurance may be worth considering.
Generally, people who have mortgages and dependents are far more likely to have a life insurance policy in place, however some insurers offer cover that’s designed specifically to the needs of tenants. These policies pay out a monthly benefit, which could be used to effectively replace the policyholder’s income to cover this regular outgoing.
Protecting Your Income
Thinking beyond life insurance, It’s certainly worth considering an income protection policy. Injury or illness can happen to anybody, not just homeowners and those with children.
An Income Protection policy is designed to pay a monthly benefit to you to support you if you cannot work because you are ill or injured, but don’t typically include cover for redundancy.
It pays a percentage of your gross salary (or take-home pay). There are short term policies, also known as budget Income Protection, and long term policies, also known as full Income Protection.
Income Protection is there to support you in your time of need however it is not designed to make your financial position better if you are not able to work, with restrictions in place on how much cover you can have. Therefore the money from these policies can help to cover your rental payments, while also maintaining savings and keeping you on track for your house deposit.
Remember, not all conditions are covered, and each provider has a different amount of overall conditions covered within their policy. The ability to claim on a Critical Illness policy is not based on your ability to work, but meeting the criteria set out by the insurance provider as specified on the inception of the policy.
Depending on your situation and budget, the most suited provider for your needs can vary. It’s important to understand the comprehensiveness of a policy is not always linked to the premium. In addition, where one provider may place exclusions on an existing condition or increase the premium as a result of it, others may not.
If you’re renting now, are you looking to get a mortgage one day?
Saving a deposit for a house requires dedication and prudent financial planning. Making sure your income and savings are protected should the worst happen should be factored in as an important part of your planning too.
When it comes to buying life insurance online, income protection or critical illness cover - the younger you are, the less expensive it will generally be.
It’s also worth bearing in mind that if you’re at the beginning of your financial journey, there will be lots of changes that will happen over the coming years. As these changes come, so will your insurance needs.
Whatever your situation, there’s always no better time than now to take out life insurance cover, so speak to Cavendish Online today who can help guide and support you in choosing the policy that best suits your needs.
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