The loss of a loved one is enough to deal with and the last thing you want your family to worry about at a time like that is their finances. Life insurance gives you the peace of mind of knowing that they will be taken care of if you are no longer around.
trauma insurance is also known as critical illness cover pays a lump sum benefit if you are diagnosed with a specific illness (around 50 different illnesses depending on the insurer) including things like cancer, heart attack, stroke, diabetes and the list goes on.
The lump sum payment can be used for any purpose, like the reduction of debts, to seek specialist or alternative medical treatments or to purchase items or modify your home.
Income protection is a monthly benefit that covers you for accidents, illnesses or major traumas 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, work, (after your waiting period ), if you can’t return, up until retirement age being age 65 (depending on your occupation). Income protection is tax deductible and is designed to ensure that you can continue to pay the mortgage, put food on the table and carry on financially until you return to work.
Do an experiment, calculate your annual income till age 65 and ask yourself what you will do without it?
TOTAL & PERMANENT DISABILITY
Total & permanent disability insurance is designed to help take the financial pressure off you in the event you suffer an illness or injury that leaves you totally and permanently disabled. The lump sum payment can be used to pay debts, pay medical expenses, provide an income stream or fund permanent lifestyle changes.
Most companies allow you to choose between two definitions.
- Being unlikely to be able to work again in your “own occupation” following an illness or injury.
- Being unlikely to be able to work again in “any occupation” following an illness or injury.
A key person can be anyone directly associated with the business whose loss can cause financial strain to the business. For example, a director of the company, a partner, a key sales person, or someone with specific skills or knowledge which is especially valuable to the company. The proceeds are used in the business
The money comes from contributions made into your superfund by the employer and ideally, topped up by your own money (salary sacrifice).
Your account balance is then invested according to the investment option or options you choose, with the returns (positive or negative) applied to your account.
Remember it’s your money that’s going into your super account, so it pays to be interested.
Don’t gamble with your business or your families financial security, if you’re self-employed or in a small business partnership. Your extended absence from the business through sickness or injury could have a major impact. Business expenses insurance will reimburse you for the fixed business costs that continue to be incurred while you are unable to work. Therefore protecting both the business and your personal finances.