This article has been commissioned by Lifesearch who are life insurance brokers that help families get appropriate cover. I have been paid for this article but all opinions are my own.

As a parent it is important to plan for the future, particularly if you have a child with additional needs, in my opinion. It is such a worry what will happen to them when you are no longer around. I have recently been looking into life insurance and thought I would share this with you.

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Upon reading some advice from The Money Advice Service I have a better idea of what I am looking for so wanted to share that with you. Maybe you are more organised than me and have this all set up already? I am sure though there are some of you who, like me, really have not got a clue!

Which life insurance?

There are a number of different types of life insurance so before you even start searching it is wise to know what you need.

Whole of life insurance

This policy covers you for the rest of your life so whenever you die you will be covered. Providing of course you have kept up with your payments. As you are paying it for the rest of your life there is the possibility you will pay more with this type of policy than with others.

Family income benefit insurance

If you are the main earner in the house then this may be the policy you need. Rather than one lump sum, this policy pays out a monthly income based on your salary before death.

Decreasing term insurance

This type of policy lasts a set number of years, usually to match the length of your mortgage. The amount paid decreases year on year to match the decreasing payments for example with an interest only mortgage. It is essentially designed to continue paying your mortgage off after your death. The difficulty with this type of life insurance is that it only covers the mortgage not offering a lump sum.

Level term insurance

This is similar to decreasing term insurance but with the same paid each month to cover a debt or for a lump sum. This type of insurance only pays if you die during that term however. Whilst it is usually affordable and simple for many people if you do not die during the policy your dependants will not get a pay out.

My thoughts on life insurance

After reading more information about life insurance I definitely think the type most suited to me is whole of life insurance. That way whenever I die I can leave money for Ben or his care. This is what is important to me, especially because with his autism he may struggle to earn well in a job and his care needs may be higher. Who knows though, he may be the next big entrepreneur and be richer than me in a few years! I will be looking at brokers such as Lifesearch to find a suitable policy and get it set up. Whilst I am hoping not to die soon I guess we just never know what the future holds.

Do you have life insurance? If not then why not? I have always put it off as thought it was too expensive but actually it isn’t as bad as I thought! Talking of planning for the future I need to update my will too! If like me you worry about how your weight will affect your life insurance check out this post.

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12 Comments

  1. Thinking about life insurance can be a little scary — but actually, having proper knowledge about it and its benefits would really help our families future.

  2. This is a very important topic that is often neglected. Thanks for the reminder, I will be looking into getting one.

  3. Great tips. We took out policies a few years ago. We got lucky with our agent. He’s very clear and detailed in his explanation

  4. Thank you for sharing this valuable information. The truth is that sometimes we live the moment and don’t think about the future. I agree. It’s important to leave the family prepared. I don’t have kids of my own, but I still want to leave my husband prepared.

  5. This is a great reminder that I promised myself I would look into life insurance this month. While it’s still fresh on my mind, I’ll check out your links to find an option that is best for me and my family.

  6. I’m not a parent but I still worry about family that will be left when I’m gone. This is super important, thanks for sharing!

  7. So timely that I am thinking which insurance I would get – as per my research, term insurance would be ideal and suits me.

  8. I have been thinking hard about life insurance lately. As a mom of two, it is always on my mind and I think it would help set me at ease knowing the kids would be cared for if they ever needed it.

  9. Life insurance is always a good thing when you have a family. I am glad that my husbands job provides this.

  10. I think life insurance is important. We have it through the military, currently, but when my husband retires we’ll look into other options.