Life Insurance explained, minus the sombre tones

*Cue foreboding music and melodramatic voiceover.* “What would happen to your loved ones if you were unable to look after them?” Though the ads are often overly dramatic, life insurance can play an important role for some families.

You can’t help but tune out whenever a life insurance ad starts playing these days.

The music, the voice actor, the dark storm clouds brewing above a playground while the kids play on a swing.

It seems like the same old ad agency has been producing them since the 1980s.

Unnecessary dramatics aside, they may have a point. What would happen?

Here’s what’s worth considering

Insurers generally offer four main types of insurance under the umbrella of ‘life insurance’. The level and range of cover will vary according to your personal circumstances and preferences.

Life cover (aka Life Insurance): pays a lump sum benefit or income stream to your family when you pass away. It can help your family continue to live in your home, allow your kids to receive a good education, and pay outstanding debts.

It’s worth noting that if you’re an employee you may already have life cover through your super fund. If so, double check the cover is appropriate.

Total and permanent disability cover (TPD): pays you a benefit if you become seriously disabled and unlikely to work again.

TPD covers the costs of rehabilitation, the future cost of living, and is often purchased with life cover. Be sure to read the product Disclosure Statements as each insurer covers different areas.

Income protection cover (IP): pays you an income stream for a specified period if you can’t work due to temporary disability or illness.

It’s generally taken out by self-employed people. It also usually offers cover for up to 75% of gross wages for a period of up to two years, or until you reach age 60.

Trauma cover (aka recovery insurance): covers you if you’re diagnosed with a specified illness or injury, such as cancer or a stroke.

Trauma cover can be used as an income stream to pay for private medical costs, therapy costs, debt repayments and necessary lifestyle changes.

How to save on life insurance

Sure, life insurance isn’t cheap. But there are ways to make it that little bit more affordable.

One way is to approach your employer and see if they’ll set up a salary sacrifice program.

If that’s not possible, you can also generally claim tax deductions on insurance premiums when it comes to life insurance.

Finally, the best way to ensure you’re not wasting funds on life insurance is to only pay for the level of cover that you need.

That’s where we can help

Everyone is different. And securing the perfect level of affordable cover can be quite the juggling act.

We can assess your financial and personal situation to make sure that no matter how many balls you’ve got up in the air, if one were to slip through, you’d have a safety net in place.

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