Tim has recently moved to a new job and although his salary is higher his new company does not provide Income Protection as an employee benefit.
Furthermore, Tim’s new company only provides 2 months of sick pay, so Tim is worried what would happen if he was ill for longer than 2 months. It is a particular concern because Tim’s wife Emma has just given birth to their first child so there is an added pressure to ensure his income is secure.
As a result Tim is looking to take out his own Income Protection policy that will cover their mortgage, other household bills and the additional expenditure for childcare they now pay.
As Emma is taking some time off work to look after their son, so Tim is only currently looking for cover for himself.
After searching for income protection on the internet Tim came across the Drewberry Insurance website. After seeing how many different options there were to choose from Tim decided to call Drewberry and spoke to one of the income protection advisers, Joe.
Tim was initially looking for a policy with a deferred period of 2 months so the policy started paying out once his sick pay ends, but having found out that Tim had around 1 month of savings his adviser recommended a 3 month deferred period which would save Tim around 20% on his monthly premiums.
Tim’s adviser also found out that Tim suffered from a medical condition. After gaining a little more information, his adviser called the underwriters at the leading insurers to see what terms they would offer.
It turned out that the insurer that was initially the most competitively priced would need to increase the premiums on the policy by 50% to take account of the extra risk. However, Tim’s adviser managed to find another insurer that would be happy to offer standard premiums with no exclusions, which is a common situation.
After speaking to his adviser, Tim ended up with a policy that had a premium slightly less than what he was initially looking at online by stretching out the deferred period and going with an insurer that was happy to cover his medical condition at no extra cost.
Tim already had some existing Life Insurance that would pay out if either Tim or Emma were to pass away but the level of cover was only enough to pay off the mortgage. As they now have a son, TIm’s adviser suggested that they take out some additional cover.
As the mortgage was already covered with their existing policy, Tim’s adviser recommended a Family Income Benefit policy that would pay out enough each month to cover their other monthly bills should one of them pass away.
Family Income Benefit is usually better value for money compared to a term insurance policy that pays out a lump sum and it also avoids the need to think about financial planning should one of them receive a big lump-sum all in one go.
With both Life Insurance policies in place, the remaining partner would be able to pay off the mortgage and would have enough money to pay their monthly bills until their son was 18 and had left school.
Thus, having spoken to the adviser, the family was financially secure against the risk of Tim being unable to work due to accident or sickness and the risk of either Tim or Emma passing away before their son had reached adulthood.
Tim and Emma’s situation is a common one, but if you’d like protection advice tailored to your circumstances please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 02084327333.
Director at Drewberry