Life cover key when starting a family

    September 18, 2018

    Financial security continues to be one the most important factors couples consider when planning to start a family.

    Therefore, life insurance policies which are structured correctly play a key role in maintaining the financial well-being of a family should both, or one partner pass away.

    Lee Bromfield, CEO of FNB Life, admits that life cover cannot take away the pain of losing a loved one. But the surviving spouse or beneficiaries can use it. Benefits can ensure that the family remains in the same financial position it was in before the tragedy.

    Different Family Structures

    “Diverse family structures exist in South Africa. So the policy can ensure that extended household beneficiaries also have adequate protection,” adds Bromfield.

    Family and Life InsuranceMoreover, the type of policy and cover amount should ultimately be determined by the structure and size of the family, as well as its immediate and long-term needs.

    For example, couples who have big families are more likely to opt for inflation linked policies that have a cover amount that increases on an annual basis to ensure that the policy remains relevant.

    Wedded Couples Too

    Bromfield says wedded couples should also consider the type of marriage contract they have entered into. The risk often lies with uninsured or underinsured couples in in-community-of-property marriages. That is because they equally share all assets and liabilities.

    “In the unfortunate event of death, the surviving spouse could have to deal with debt obligations. These include estate administration costs, legal fees and personal cash flow problems, amongst other financial issues” cautions Bromfield.

    He also urges couples to review and maintain their policies regularly in line with changing life events and financial circumstances.

    For instance, when you have a new child or the number of your dependants increases, it is important to ensure that you adjust your life insurance to accommodate the changes.

    “Couples who are planning to start a family should consult their bank or financial advisors to determine the best type of life policy and cover amount, as this may vary depending on the family structure and its size,” concludes Bromfield.

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    All info was correct at time of publishing