Insuring Your Spouse? 4 Life Cover Mistakes To Avoid
Insuring your spouse is of the utmost importance, should something happen to either of you. Here are 4 life cover mistakes you should avoid.
Published: Monday, January 23rd 2017
Consumers who make that important financial decision to take out life cover for their spouses should first consult their partners to avoid making costly mistakes.
Lee Bromfield, CEO of FNB Life, says life cover for your spouse involves more than just getting a policy. Every committed relationship and marriage is different and has a unique set of financial needs and obligations.
“Before embarking on this exercise, couples should first reach a mutual understanding on a number of things. This includes the type of life cover, amount insured, provision for children or dependents, beneficiaries, as well as their broader financial responsibilities. This is to ensure that they are adequately protected in the unfortunate event that one of them falls ill or passes away,” says Bromfield.
Life Cover Mistakes You Should Avoid
1. Not Informing Your Partner
Get your partner’s consent before starting the process. This improves transparency and removes the element of surprise when one partner gets a call from a provider to finalise the take-up process.
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2. Not Knowing What You Both Want
Couples predominantly take out life insurance for two main reasons. One is to protect assets, and the other is to safeguard their financial future.
“It’s important to be on the same page about what to cover and for how much. This is also an opportunity to agree on who you both want as beneficiaries. Even beyond just the two of you,” he says.
3. Reluctance To Seek Financial Advice
In some cases, couples may want to consider using the services of a financial adviser to get the real picture of their financial situation.
“Professional advice is very useful when a couple does not agree, or are simply not sure, about what to insure and for how much. An adviser could be helpful as they would look at the finances of both partners and make recommendations on how to take up the most suitable type of insurance,” he adds.
4. Not Informing Each Other Of Policy Changes
Even though you may have consulted or informed your partner before taking out a life insurance policy, you still need to keep one another informed about important policy changes.
“The last thing you want, as a spouse, is to assume that you are still your partner’s sole beneficiary. Only to find out that’s no longer the case,” concludes Bromfield.