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Frequently asked questions about this type of policy
Life insurance protects your loved ones with a lump sum payout, ensuring that they don’t suffer financially if you’re not around anymore. A policy is usually bought to cover the period (or term) that your family most need help i.e. during a mortgage term, or when your children are financially dependent on you.
It all depends on a few things; your health, your age, your smoker status, the amount of cover you're after and maybe even your hobbies. Read more about the average cost of life insurance here.
Critical illness cover pays a tax-free lump sum if you’re diagnosed with a critical illness during the term of the policy. You decide on the length of the policy: many people choose to have cover until their kids have flown the nest, until the mortgage is paid, or until they plan to retire.
Think of critical illness cover like car insurance: you pay every month or year for it and hope you never ever need to use it, but you feel better knowing it’s there. Just in case.
Level term policies offer the same amount of cover throughout the term of the plan.
Decreasing term policies reduce cover to match the reducing debt of some types of mortgage, making them cheaper.
A quick guide to life insurance
A quick guide to critical illness insurance
What’s the ‘right amount’ of life cover?
It’s different for everyone. To figure out the ‘right amount’ of cover for you, you’ll want to factor in your outstanding debt, your family commitments (now and in future) and what you can afford to spend each month in premiums.
Our calculator will help. And after you calculate the ‘right amount’ of cover, give us a call (or leave your details we’ll call you) so LifeSearch can search the market for policies that match what you’re after.