Case Study: Protection for Sole Trader

Meet Chris

Chris and his wife Sam recently bought a house together and took out a joint mortgage. Given that Chris is self-employed he doesn’t receive any sick pay and this was a worry because Chris is the main earner in the house and they wouldn’t be able to meet the mortgage payments and other bills if Chris couldn’t work.

Meet Chris

Chris and his wife Sam recently bought a house together and took out a joint mortgage. Given that Chris is self-employed he doesn’t receive any sick pay and this was a worry because Chris is the main earner in the house and they wouldn’t be able to meet the mortgage payments and other bills if Chris couldn’t work.

Protecting Your Income Can Be a Minefield

As a result, Chris decided to see if there was any type of insurance that would pay his wages if he were too ill or injured to work and started having a search on the internet.

Chris came across a whole load of different plans but wasn’t sure which ones were the best. There were Payment Protection Insurance plans, Personal Accident Insurance, Accident and Sickness plans and Income Protection policies, making it all a bit confusing.

Chris’s Income Protection

After making an enquiry on the Drewberry website Chris got a call from Jake, who specialises in advising on protection insurance for the self-employed.

Jake told Chris that given his manual occupation as a carpenter he really needed a specialist insurer that would cover him in his ‘own occupation’, so the policy would pay out if he couldn’t do his job as a carpenter.

This was very important as many of the payment protection plans and income protection plans on offer would only cover him on a ‘suited occupation’ basis. This means that the insurer could say at claim stage that although Chris couldn’t do his job as a carpenter he could do another job his skills and experience suit him to and therefore decline a claim.

Obtaining Own Occupation Cover

After checking which specialist insurer was coming out the most competitively priced, Jake recommended a plan covering 65% of Chris’ profit before tax, which was enough to cover the mortgage and his other bills, and would start paying him after one month of being off work.

The plan could continue paying out right up until the end of his mortgage if Chris was never able to go back to work.

Chris particularly liked the insurer that Jake recommended because it had paid 97% of all claims made the year before, which gave Chris confidence that the insurer would be there for him if he needs it.

Chris’ Life Insurance

As Sam wouldn’t be able to keep up with the mortgage payments if Chris was too ill to work, Jake also asked Chris if he had any Life Insurance to cover the mortgage if either of them passed away. Chris said this was something they had been meaning to look into but hadn’t got around to yet.

As they had a joint mortgage that they both contributed to, Jake suggested a joint Mortgage Life Insurance plan that would pay out enough to cover the loan should either of them pass away.

Decreasing life cover for a joint mortgage

Given their mortgage was a repayment loan (where they pay both interest and principal each month), Jake recommended a decreasing term policy where the level of cover declines each year in-line with the amount of debt outstanding on the mortgage, which is the most cost-effective way of gaining cover.

Thus, after speaking to Jake, Chris and Sam were able to cover Chris’ income with the most suitable own occupation policy and also take out the most cost-effective life insurance to cover their mortgage. Jake suggested that if they have a baby to get back in touch to top-up their life cover.

Tom Conner Director at Drewberry

This is how one of Drewberry’s advisers worked to help Chris and Sam, but if you have specific questions about your protection needs please don’t hesitate to get in touch on 02084327333.

Tom Conner
Director at Drewberry

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