Life Insurance - What is Life Insurance Used For

Life Insurance - What is Life Insurance Used For from New Vision Financial Services Limited

By: New Vision Financial Services Limited  28-Feb-2011
Keywords: Insurance, Life Insurance, Business Insurance

The saying that there is more than one way to skin a cat is so true when it comes to financial protection.  Many of us have Life Insurance.  The issues around this though is the way it is set up and owned, does it have a specific purpose and is it calculated correctly.

What is Life Insurance used for:

Family Protection - In New Zealand it is estimated it costs $10,000 per annum per child to raise each child.  If the major income earner dies, how does this affect the income normally being generated in to that family unit.  Providing to ensure the family has enough income to maintain their standard of living is essential to the health and well-being of the family unit.  Life Insurance can be a lump sum payment or drip fed to families.

Debt Protection - Major debt like House Mortgage is generally well covered from an insurance point of view.  Protecting people's biggest asset and providing a roof over loved ones heads is a vital consideration.  Other debts such as business debts, personal loans, and other capital payments owned to individuals can be missed out though in the calculation and should be considered essential as well.  Separating thes purposes out is also vital especially when calculating how these premiums are to be paid, who pays and should they become a tax deductable expense.

Trust Ownershp - Do you have a trust?  Who should own your life insurance policies then.  Should they be cross owned, owned individually or owned by the trustee's of the trust.

Shareholder Agreements - Are you a Shareholder of a business.  What happens to those shares if one partner dies?  The use of Life insurance can be much more beneficial than the alternatives of having to raise capital to buy those shares off of someones estate or go in to business with the partners family.  This gets very messy.  Having an agreed level of cover in place to purchase the shares and buy the family out is a fantastic strategy.

Key Person Cover - Providing a cash lump sum in to a business on the death of a Key Person will ensure that the business has the cash-flow to continue trading.  You may need to hire a replacement or have a financial controller step in to take the business over.

Life Cover provides a lump sum payment to your dependants, or other nominated beneficiaries, in the event of your death. Whether it is buying a new house, paying off the mortgage or bank loans, education or retraining, your loved ones will have more choices to help them get on with life.

For more information please contact...

Glen Hatcher

New Vision Financial Services Limited

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