As the old saying goes, there are two certainties in life: death & taxes. If these things are certainties of life it makes sense that every person should have two things: a good accountant & life insurance. If you are reading this currently, odds are you already have a great accountant but what is less certain is you having the correct amount of life insurance.
Life insurance is relatively self-explanatory. Your designated beneficiary receives a lump sum payout if you pass away. Majority of policies also offer a terminal illness payout, where if you are diagnosed with 12 or 24 months to live, your policy is paid out early.
Many Australian’s already have some life insurance through their superannuation funds. While this “default” insurance provides some cover, the amount is typically not enough for the average person with a mortgage. You also must be aware that this standard cover reduces overtime whilst increasing in cost. Holding insurance through super is a great way to ensure your family is covered while not impacting your day-to-day cashflow.
Insurance should be tailored to your specific situation, which is why standard cover often falls short for many Australians. Generally, you want your life insurance to payout major debts (such as a mortgage). This helps reduce financial stress on the family after losing one of (or potentially the only) source of household income.
Written by Matt Haggarty of Maxim Private Clients
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This article is presented by Matthew Haggarty, Director of Maxim Private Clients and a Certified Financial Planner. Maxim Private Clients Pty Ltd ABN 47 611 614 398 AFSL No. 511972