I am looking for Mortgage Protection Insurance that would pay off my mortgage in the event of death so my family would be left with the house (debt free). Is there some kind of specific mortgage death insurance cover available?
- Michael Barrow
- Independent Protection Expert
Yes, Mortgage Protection Life Insurance pays out a tax-free cash lump sum should you pass away and is specifically designed to cover mortgage loans.
This type of cover comes in two main forms:
Decreasing Mortgage Life Insurance
With a decreasing plan the level of cover declines over time inline with the outstanding balance on your repayment mortgage.
You would typically align the length of cover with the remaining term of your mortgage so if you were to die the Life Insurance would pay out a lump sum equal to the balance outstanding on your repayment mortgage.
Ensuring you have adequate Life Insurance in place means your loved ones can avoid financial difficulty during such tough times and remain in the family home.
As the level of cover declines over time this is the most cost-effective method of gaining cover.
Level Term Mortgage Life Insurance?
Level Term policies are most commonly used for family protection or to protect an interest only mortgage. The level of cover remains fixed over the term of the plan, along with the amount of debt outstanding on your loan if you’ve opted for an interest-only mortgage.
Joint cover for couples
With both types of cover it is possible to take out a Joint Mortgage Life Insurance plan so if either partner on a joint mortgage were to pass away the loan could be repaid in full, thus avoiding the remaining partner being left with a potentially unmanageable debt.
It is also possible to add Critical Illness Cover to the plan so the policy would also payout in the event of a ‘critical illness condition’ (such as a heart attack) in addition to covering death.
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