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Who’ll take care of your loved ones if something happens to you?

Life insurance. It’s a financial cushion that’ll take care of the people you love if you’re not around.

Life insurance pays out so that others don’t have to panic about your mortgage or other financial commitments. We call it protection … it’s a shield in case life suddenly throws a curveball your way.

What is life insurance?

Several products fall under the life insurance umbrella, but the best known is life insurance itself. Most people know that you take out a life insurance policy, you pay for it every month and, if you die during the policy term, a cash lump sum goes to the person or people you want it to.

Yep, in broad brushstrokes that’s it, but obviously there’s more to it:

  • Mortgage life insurance
  • Family life insurance
  • Over 50s life insurance

Other products include income protection, which maintains your income if you’re off work sick or injured. And critical illness cover, which pays a lump sum to support your household if you’re diagnosed with something life-changing.

Level term versus decreasing - the two key options in life insurance

Level term cover

For level term your cover remains the same and stops after an amount of years

Say you’ve a mortgage of £250,000. If you take level term life cover for £250,000 over 25 years, the payout to your loved ones will be £250,000 whether you die on day 9, or day 9,000, even though the value of your mortgage is decreasing the whole time.

Advantages of level term cover

  • Your premiums won’t change
  • You know what your loved ones will get

Disadvantages of level term cover

  • Can be more expensive
  • No pay out if you survive the policy term (applies to any policy)

Decreasing term cover

For decreasing term your cover reduces over time in line with e.g. a mortgage

If you’ve a mortgage of £250,000 and take decreasing term life cover for £250,000 over 25 years, the payout gets gradually smaller to reflect the diminishing value of your mortgage. Die on day 9 and it might mean a £250,000 payout. Die on day 9,000 and the payout will be substantially less because your mortgage is substantially less.

Advantages of decreasing term cover

  • Often cheaper than level term
  • Peace of mind your mortgage is covered

Disadvantages of decreasing term cover

  • Pay out value decreases over time
  • Just covers mortgage, no extra to leave behind

Things to think about

Do I need life insurance?

That’s the first question. And if you’re young, rent and don’t have kids, it might be better to consider  income protection insurance or critical illness cover to cover yourself should you get sick and / or can’t work.

Quickly calculate the amount of life insurance you might need

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Plug in your commitments to understand how much cover you might need.

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Any mortgage left to pay?

How much have you left on any current mortgages in your name?

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Loans, credit cards & other debts

Total up all the non-mortgage debt you have: loans, credit cards, overdrafts and any other borrowing

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Potential funeral costs

The average UK funeral costs between £4,000 and £5,000. If you have expensive tastes or a massive family, it may be more. Worth thinking about.

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Childcare, school or higher education costs

You’ll know your childcare, private school or tuition fee obligations. But did you know it costs roughly £1,500 - £2,500 per year to fund one child through state school? There’s sports, activities, after school clubs, uniforms, travel expenses, technology (such as a laptop or iPad) to consider.

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Additional lump sum

Life insurance covers your obligations and debt. A lump sum on top offers extra comfort and options for your family after you’ve gone

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Existing life insurance, savings & investments

Total up any savings, investments and life insurance policies that you intend to keep. When you die your savings go towards your debt anyway - so it’s important you’re not ‘over-insured’. That’s just a waste of money.

Your total cover estimate:

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Not sure about your calculation? We can help you choose the cover level to suit you with free advice here.

Remember, this only estimates how much you might need to help you make your decision.

If you’re ready to buy life insurance, our expert advisers or our online guide can help you determine how much you need. Your magic number is usually down to your lifestyle costs, your mortgage value, your family life, your debts and how much extra on top you might want to leave behind. We can help you think it through.

How long should my life insurance run?

People commonly have life insurance terms that coincide with their mortgage, but there’s also your children or financial dependents to think about. How long will they be financially dependent on you?

How do I keep costs down?

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LifeSearch From our Adviser Team

Buy young

Buy younger, when you’re fitter and healthier, to keep costs down.

Live healthier

A healthy lifestyle generally reflects in lower pricing as you present a lower risk.

Quit smoking

Smoking’s a major influence on health and life expectancy and that’ll reflect in higher life insurance premium costs.

How much does life insurance cost?

The average monthly premium of a level term assurance policy, over the term of 25 years:

Starting Age Cost to cover £200k
25
£6.77 per month
30
£7.98 per month
35
£10.48 per month
40
£14.92 per month
45 £22.57 per month
50
£35.98 per month
55
£53.31 per month

 

*Pricing information obtained 05/06/2023. This data is based on a non-smoker, with no medical history.

Life insurance costs vary, person to person. That’s not an excuse to dodge the question, it’s just reality. Your life insurance costs will first be based on the kind of policy you want, and then on a risk score that factors in your health, your home life, your job, your mortgage, your hobbies, your age, if you smoke etc…

If you’re like many others, you’ll probably base your life insurance policy on the value of your mortgage. That means your life insurance will cover the house if you pass away before it’s paid-off.

Life insurance cost and cover calculator

Our simple calculator can help you to work out what insurance you need and give you estimated costs for different types of life cover. You can then speak to an adviser or buy online.

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