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As a parent, you want to ensure that your family is financially secure in the event of your injury, illness, disablement or death. That’s why purchasing a life insurance policy can greater bring peace of mind knowing that your loved ones can be taken care of if a covered event took place. With the right policy, you can protect your young family’s financial future and ensure that they can continue to live comfortably without the added stress of financial hardship.
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What are my life insurance options as a parent of a young family?
As a parent of a young family, there are four main types of life insurance you may wish to consider in Australia:
- Life cover: this type of insurance can pay a lump sum benefit to your family if you pass away or are diagnosed with a terminal illness. The benefit can be used to cover things like funeral expenses, outstanding debts and your partner and children’s ongoing living expenses. You can insure yourself for as much as you can afford, with no set maximum for life cover.
- Trauma cover: also known as critical illness cover, this type of insurance can pay a lump sum benefit if you're diagnosed with a covered critical illness or suffer a severe injury. The benefit can be used to cover things like medical bills, rehabilitation costs, and living expenses while you recover and can reach up to $2 million.
- Income protection cover: this type of insurance can pay you a regular benefit of up to 70% of your income if you're temporarily unable to work due to injury or illness. This can cover a portion of your lost income and help you maintain your lifestyle and cover your expenses while you recover. This type of cover is popular with parents whose families rely heavily on their income but may not be necessary for stay-at-home dads and mums.
- TPD cover: total and permanent disability (TPD) cover can pay a lump sum benefit if you become totally and permanently disabled due to a covered event and are permanently unable to work. The benefit can reach up to $3 million to $5 million in some cases.
Additionally, some life insurance providers may also offer cover for your children as an optional extra to your policy. This can provide you with a smaller lump sum payment if your child suffers a critical illness or major injury, is diagnosed with a terminal condition or passes away. Life insurance cover for your child can help ease the financial burden on families which may come with extensive medical treatments and end-of-life costs.
Crucially, all coverage will be subject to your insurer’s terms and conditions, so it’s essential to familiarise yourself with what is and isn’t covered as part of your policy agreement before you buy your cover.
It's important to consider which types of cover are most relevant to you and your family's needs and budget. When you complete a quote and compare offers through Savvy, you’ll be able to schedule a call and discuss your options and situation with a life insurance expert before you purchase your policy. You can get the wheels in motion on that process today.
Can I purchase life insurance for my parents?
If your parents are over 60 or in their elderly years and don’t have life insurance, you may be able to purchase cover for them. However, this will require you to satisfy several insurer criteria.
First and foremost, you’ll need to gain their express written consent as part of the process of buying life insurance for them. You won’t be able to buy life insurance for your parent without their knowledge or permission if they’re still able to make decisions for themselves.
You may also be required to prove that you have an insurable interest. This means that your parent’s death would leave you worse off financially, such as if they have outstanding debts (like a mortgage) which would be transferred to you should they pass away.
From there, your parent will need to meet their other eligibility requirements relating to age, health and if they have any pre-existing conditions. If all these criteria are met, your application for insurance may be accepted and coverage will be enacted (following any required waiting periods).
Types of life insurance
Life cover can pay a nominated beneficiary a lump sum if you’re diagnosed with a terminal illness or pass away. This type of insurance can provide your immediate family or another loved one some financial assistance to cover funerals, medical costs and day-to-day expenses.
If you’re injured or too sick to work for an extended period, income protection insurance is designed to help you focus on your recovery. You can be covered for up to 70% of your usual wage for a chosen period, such as five years or up to age 65, depending on the level of coverage you buy.
This type of insurance is designed to offer cover to those who are permanently disabled by injury or illness and are no longer able to work. You can choose to take out cover for an inability to work in your current job or in any role suited to your qualifications.
Trauma insurance is a type of policy which provides you with a lump sum payment in the event of a critical illness or major accident. The conditions eligible for claims will be outlined in your insurer's PDS, but can include cancer, heart disease, severe head trauma and cardiovascular disorders.
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