Thinking about insurance is probably the last thing you’ll be thinking about when you’re getting ready to say ‘I do’, however looking after one another is absolutely fundamental to what marriage is all about.
During those carefree days of being single, it’s likely that nobody was reliant on you for financial support. After you get married, this changes as most spouses rely on each other to contribute together as a household - to fund a lifestyle and any children you plan to (or already do) have.
As newlyweds, having life insurance in place is certainly something you should consider.
You both need to consider a policy that will keep the other financially afloat if one of you were to pass away. It’s an uncomfortable thought, but nobody knows what the future holds.
When it comes to buying life insurance, the younger you are, the less expensive it will generally be. This means there’s usually no better time than now to arrange life insurance cover, however it’s important to understand the range of options and products available to you and your partner.
A payout from a life insurance policy can be used to cover funeral costs, mortgage (or rent) and any other household bills and debts. It could also be used towards childcare and, eventually, school or university fees for any offspring. It may also be used to leave a legacy to the people who mean the most to you.
Single and Joint Life Insurance policies are similar, but with a few key differences:
‘Single’ Life Insurance covers just one person and if the policyholder were to die during the term of the policy, their loved ones would receive a payout. If you and your partner were to decide to take out two separate ‘single’ policies, then a payout could then be claimed for each policy if both policyholders die within the term.
‘Joint’ Life Insurance covers two people on a single policy and means there’s only one monthly premium to pay. Some people find this simpler to manage and you’ll only need to complete one application, but you would have to answer questions for both policyholders.
It’s also important to know the difference between the two types of life insurance policies you’re most likely to come across, being ‘term insurance’ (the more basic form of life insurance) and ‘whole-of-life’.
A‘whole-of-life’ life insurance policyhowever may be a better option for couple’s tying the knot who are older.
As we all (unfortunately) die one day, a ‘whole-of-life’ policy pays out a lump sum whenever that day comes. Naturally, these policies are typically more expensive than term insurance policies since as long as you keep paying your premiums, the insurer will always have to pay out, whereas you may outlive a term insurance policy.
BUYER’S TIP: Whole-of-life insurance is also known as life assurance by many insurers.
One of the main benefits of whole-of-life insurance is that it can help your family deal with any bills associated with inheritance tax. Currently, if an estate is valued at more than £325,000, inheritance tax will be charged at 40% on the value of the estate above that threshold.
However, the tax will need to be paid before your loved ones are given access to your estate. This can put your family in a difficult position - they need to pay a tax bill which may run into (tens of) thousands of pounds, but they wouldn’t be able to use the money in your estate to do so.
Go Online For A Quote Today
Once you’ve both given this information some thought, it’s then really easy to arrange and compare online life insurance. Simply enter your details into our site and we’ll ask some questions to generate quotes so you’ll be able to see what policy works out best for you. You could even have cover arranged in as little as 30 mins.
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