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Guaranteed Acceptance Life Cover

It’s life insurance you’re guaranteed to get with no medical questions asked
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How is this different from standard life insurance?

Guaranteed life insurance is popular among those who have serious health conditions and / or who’ve struggled to get covered via a standard policy. 

It typically runs to the end of your life, provided you keep paying your premiums.

Policies are guaranteed acceptance so there are no medical questions but, generally speaking, the amount you’re covered for (the ‘sum assured’ or pay-out amount) is lower than a typical life insurance policy.

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Since 1998 we’ve helped over three quarters of a million UK families, over 1.5m individuals, to protect themselves and their loved ones. Nearly 20,000 customers like you rate us 4.9/5 on Trustpilot.

As an independent broker, not an insurer, we’re loyal to you and your needs. We’re here for you – not the insurer.

We’re not here to hassle but to inform and advise on what’s available to you, and find the best options for your budget.

Trusts and wills

At LifeSearch we can help you with information about putting your policy into Trust to keep your payment out away from things like probate and inheritance tax.

If you haven't yet written a will, our specialist partner can help with that too.

Is guaranteed life cover best for me?

People who turn to guaranteed acceptance life cover are usually those who have struggled (or will struggle) to get standard life insurance cover, most commonly because there’s a major health condition in play.

We’d recommend you call LifeSearch and speak with an expert. We’ll tell you which life insurance options are open to you, and which policies best match your needs and budget.

Guaranteed life cover definitely has its place, but it may be worth exploring your standard cover options first:

  • Level term life insurance
  • Decreasing term life insurance
  • Mortgage life insurance
  • Family Income Benefit

How much does it cost?

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Guaranteed acceptance life cover is usually higher-cost than standard life insurance because the insurer naturally takes on more risk by not checking your health situation.

Even though there are no medical questions, we’ll need to know your age and how much cover (lump sum pay-out) you want to leave behind. The older you are, and the higher the pay-out you want, the higher your premiums are likely to be.

Frequently asked questions and points to consider

Yes they do. If you pay your premiums – they pay out. Insurers paid out in 98% of cases in 2021, according to the association of British insurers.

In the small minority of cases where insurers don’t pay out it’s primarily because the policyholder withheld or skewed (deliberately or unwittingly) key information about their health.

But as this policy doesn’t ask health questions, the only blocker would be if you died during the early days of your policy, before the end of the minimum term period.

Insurers who offer guaranteed acceptance life cover will all have their own spin on it.

Insurers may also offer additional benefits, such as support services or a pay-out if you have to spend time in hospital.

LifeSearch provide an independent comparison of Guaranteed Life Cover for the overs 50s from various insurers.

Yes, you can talk to the insurer about putting a guaranteed acceptance policy in trust. Doing so means you’ll lock it outside of your estate so, when you die, pay-out should be quicker and the money won’t be subject to inheritance tax.

This is a tax on your estate. Basically, when you die your assets are added up and your debts are subtracted from that total.

The magic number as at 2022 is £325,000, or double that at £650,000 for married couples or civil partners. If the value of your assets exceeds that number, inheritance tax at 40% kicks in. So for every £1 you’re worth (above £325,000) £0.40 will disappear as inheritance tax.

Confused? Call us

If you need an expert hand, we’re here. Guaranteed acceptance life insurance can be a very useful policy. But if other options are open, it’s definitely an idea to explore them.

Whether it’s right for you depends on your needs, health, family situation and budget. So tag us in. We’ll ask the right questions, search the market and make sure you have what you need to decide.

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