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10 moments when you should review your life cover.

Life insurance is one of those things people forget about once they’ve bought it. However, you need to review it occasionally as your situation and your commitments change.

Here are 10 instances when a life cover review is essential:

1 Buying a house

Your mortgage will be the biggest debt you ever take on. You need to be sure it will be paid off should you die early, especially if you’re the main breadwinner.Banks and lenders often try to sell you life insurance when you start on the property ladder, but you should always compare prices before going ahead as there could be better and cheaper cover elsewhere.

2 Getting Married

Once all the fun of your wedding is over, you need to think about your new responsibilities. How would your partner cope alone with all the financial commitments you’ve taken on if they can’t rely on your salary too?

3 Having your first child

If you haven’t already bought life cover, it’s vital to buy it once you start a family. And if you have only insured for a small amount, you definitely need to review it now. Food, clothing, child care, schooling and even holidays all cost more once you have a little one.

4 Adding to your family

A second, third or more children all put a strain on your household budget. You’ve probably already noticed how much more salary you need to keep the family going. Is your life cover enough to pay for their needs should the worst happen and you are no longer there to provide for them?

5 Moving home

A larger home is likely to mean a bigger mortgage. Make sure your life insurance is enough to pay it off and, if you’ve increased the term of your home loan, that it runs for long enough.

6 Inheritance planning

Life insurance isn’t just about paying off large debts such as your mortgage should you die. It’s also about providing for your family’s day-to-day bills once you are no longer bringing in a salary.

7 Moving job

Many employers offer a perk known as ‘death in service’ benefit. This provides a lump sum to your named beneficiaries should you die while working for the firm. The amount is typically set at four times your annual salary.

If you move job, check the terms of your new employment. If you no longer have this benefit, you could need to increase the amount of life cover you have.

8 Retiring

Depending on your pension, it may mean that once you die your pension stops or at the very least your widow or widower will receive a smaller amount. If you’re worried they won’t have enough to live on without your pension, you could continue your life insurance.

9 Getting healthier

If you give up smoking, tell your insurer. Your premiums may come down. If not, you can look around for another insurer to see if it will be cheaper.

You must have given up smoking for at least 12 months before it counts and you can’t still be using nicotine replacement products such as inhalers, patches or chewing gum.

10 Dangerous activities

Those who take part in dangerous sports and hobbies such as flying, climbing, scuba diving and parachuting, will be considered a higher risk than normal and will no doubt have to pay a higher premium. Alternatively, your cover will exclude death as a result of one of these activities. If the company didn’t know about these activities and you die as a result, the claim is unlikely to be paid

Irish Life 2014 Life Cover Claims

Irish Life have published figures for claims made for Life Insurance in 2014. They paid out on average over €4 million per week to families across Ireland. Claims were made for both Life and Serious Illness Cover.

 

Irish Life 2014  Click on the link for a county by county run through.

  • Dublin ranked the highest overall for claims last year; 608 Life Insurance and 230 Serious Illness claims made .
  • Kildare had 68 Life cover and 46 Serious Illness claims.
  • Meath was slightly higher with 73 Life cover and 51 Serious Illness claims made .

However, the counties with the youngest average age of Serious Illness claims made to Irish Life were Roscommon and Mayo; 39years and 47 years respectively.

These figures stress the importance of having adequate Protection in place for yourself and your loved ones. To review your Life Cover plan get in touch with us in our Maynooth office on 01-5052718.

New Ireland paid out over €480m to customers in the past 5years.

New Ireland have paid out over €480 million to its customers in the past 5 years. Claims were made in the period from January 2010 to Decemebr 2014.

In a statement from New Ireland they pride themselves on this record;

‘ We are extremely proud of our claims history in the Irish Market. We really care about customer claims as they demonstrate our commitment to meeting our customers’ financial protection needs when they need it most’.

Who is making claims and why?

A breakdown of 2014 statistics highlights the largest emerging demographics and reasons for those making a claim.

  • Main Causes of Claims: approximately 76% of (individual) serious illness claims and 66% of (individual) life cover claims were for cancer and heart related illnesses.
  • Early Claims: 46% of (individual) life cover claims arose from policies less than 10 years old.
  • Young Claimants:27yrs was the age of the youngest serious illness claimant, 26yrs* was the age of the youngest life cover claimant, and 24yrs was the age of the youngest income protection claimant.
  • Male versus Female: 77% of income protection claimants were female.

* This statistic excludes any children’s deaths.
The figures above are based on New Ireland Assurance’s claims experience in 2014.