• Income protection

    Protecting you and your family from a loss of income

In today’s world, where financial security is essential, it’s important to have a plan in place for unexpected events that may cause a loss of income, particularly if you have a mortgage.

What is income protection?

Income protection is a form of insurance that provides financial coverage to individuals in the event they are unable to work due to illness, injury, or disability. It is designed to replace a portion of the policyholder's lost income during the period they are unable to work, offering a source of financial support to cover essential expenses such as mortgage or rent payments, bills, and daily living costs. Income protection aims to provide individuals with peace of mind and financial stability during times of income loss, helping them maintain their quality of life and meet their financial obligations until they can return to work or reach retirement age.

Please note: if premium payments are not maintained, the benefits of the plan will be put at risk. If premium payments cease altogether, the benefits of the plan will cease. The cover may be less than you need if you do not review it regularly.

How does income protection work?

Income protection works by providing individuals with a replacement income if they are unable to work due to illness, injury, or disability. When a policyholder experiences a qualifying event that prevents them from working, they can make a claim on their income protection insurance. The insurance policy will specify a waiting period, which is the length of time the individual needs to be unable to work before the benefit payments begin. Once the waiting period is over, the insurance company will start making regular benefit payments to the policyholder. The benefit amount is typically a percentage of the policyholder's pre-disability income, which can help cover essential expenses and maintain their standard of living. The benefit payments continue until the policyholder recovers and is able to return to work, reaches the maximum benefit payment period outlined in the policy, or reaches the policy's expiry age.

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Not having income protection can pose significant problems in the event of illness, injury, or disability that prevents an individual from working. Without income protection, there is a risk of losing a substantial portion or all of one's income, which can lead to financial instability and hardship. The lack of a replacement income can make it challenging to cover essential expenses such as rent or mortgage payments, bills, groceries, and other daily living costs. This can quickly deplete savings, push individuals into debt, and create a cycle of financial stress. Additionally, the absence of income protection may result in limited access to necessary medical treatments or rehabilitation services, further hindering the recovery process. Overall, the lack of income protection can leave individuals vulnerable to financial instability and impact their overall well-being and quality of life during times of income loss.

Income protection insurance is an option that can provide financial protection in case of unexpected illnesses, injuries, or accidents. It is a policy which you can take out whether you are employed or self-employed. 

Working with an independent financial adviser, who fully understands the varying income protection policies is important. They will help match the right income protection policy and provider to your specific circumstances and needs. They will also guide you through the terms of an income protection policy and any individual exclusions so you fully understand the policy benefits and conditions before you sign. 

1. Financial Security

Income protection ensures a steady replacement income if you are unable to work due to illness, injury, or disability. This financial security helps cover essential expenses such as rent or mortgage payments, bills, and daily living costs, reducing financial stress during periods of income loss.

2. Continuity of Lifestyle

With income protection, you can maintain your current lifestyle and meet your financial commitments even when you cannot work. The replacement income helps you sustain your standard of living, ensuring that you and your family can continue to enjoy the comforts and necessities of life.

3. Peace of Mind

Knowing that you have income protection provides peace of mind. It offers reassurance that you will have a source of income to rely on if unexpected circumstances prevent you from working, reducing anxiety about financial stability during challenging times.

4. Rehabilitation Support

Income protection policies often include access to rehabilitation services to aid your recovery and facilitate your return to work. This may include medical treatments, therapy, vocational support, or other resources aimed at helping you regain your ability to work.

5. Flexibility and Customization

Income protection policies can be customized to suit your specific needs. You can choose the waiting period before benefit payments commence, the benefit period, and the level of coverage based on your circumstances and preferences.

6. Tax-Free Benefits

In many cases, the benefit payments received through income protection are tax-free, maximizing the financial assistance you receive and allowing you to allocate funds more effectively.

7. Supportive Safety Net

Income protection acts as a safety net, protecting your financial well-being and providing a buffer against unexpected events. It helps you maintain stability and avoid significant financial setbacks, offering a safety net for both you and your dependents.

8. Timely Access to Benefits

When a qualifying event occurs, income protection provides a prompt and regular replacement income after the waiting period. This ensures that you can quickly access the financial support you need to cover expenses while you focus on recovery or necessary lifestyle adjustments.

9. Coverage Regardless of Employment Type

Income protection is not restricted to any specific employment type. Whether you are a full-time employee, part-time worker, self-employed, or a contractor, income protection can provide coverage to help replace lost income if you are unable to work due to a covered event.

10. Long-term Financial Planning

Income protection plays a vital role in long-term financial planning. By safeguarding your income, it helps protect your financial goals, retirement savings, and overall financial well-being, ensuring that unexpected circumstances do not derail your financial plans.

It's a three stage process

1. Research & Comparison

The first step is to conduct research and compare different mortgage protection insurance policies offered by various insurance providers. This involves evaluating the coverage options, terms, premiums, waiting periods, and any exclusions or limitations associated with each policy. Gathering information and understanding the specifics of the policies will help you make an informed decision.

2. Application & Underwriting

Once you have chosen a suitable mortgage protection insurance policy, the next step is to complete the application process. This typically involves filling out an application form provided by the insurance provider. The application may require you to provide personal information, details about your mortgage, and possibly answer some health-related questions. Depending on the policy and the insurance provider's requirements, you may need to undergo underwriting, which may include a review of your medical history or other relevant information.

3. Policy Issuance & Payment 

After completing the application process and satisfying any underwriting requirements, if applicable, the insurance provider will review your application and, if approved, issue the mortgage protection insurance policy. You will receive the policy documents, which outline the coverage, terms, conditions, and premiums. At this stage, you will need to make the initial premium payment to activate the coverage. The premium payment frequency and method will depend on the policy and the insurance provider's terms.

It's important to note that the process and specific steps may vary depending on the insurance provider and policy. 

 

Working with a insurance professional can guide you through the process, help you understand the options available, and ensure that you complete each step accurately and efficiently.