Insurance and protection have a strange place in our culture. They are often overlooked, taken-for-granted, never considered, default, an unnecessary cost – we could go on using these various synonyms, but you get the point, maybe feel it yourself. Most will favour the ‘attack’: how to grow your finances – via investment, for instance – as opposed to how to ‘defend’ them. Both insurance and protection are essential for your financial health. In fact, ‘defence’ isn’t a good way to describe being insured and protected. You are being proactive against potential issues. If anything, you are going into attack-mode, ready to counter-attack.
The key reason many don’t value insurance or protection as high as they should is because of chance and complacency. Odds are bad things won’t happen to you, so some believe there’s very little reason for them to protect themselves. It’s money they needn’t invest. That is complacency talking. There’s very little excuse for being unprepared, especially when, all it does is cause future issues. We do, however understand the difficulty that comes with considering the ‘worst case scenarios’.
On the flip side, others find that there are too many options, too many variables. The definitions of life insurance versus term-life insurance. What illnesses are included in ‘critical illness cover’? How much of my income will be covered by my existing policy compared with a new one? This shouldn’t put you off. Existing insurance policies in your name will be reviewed as part of our process when we create your safety net.
Don’t let the incorrect or a lack of insurance be the cause of agony for your family. The future is uncertain, and protection is key to protecting yourself and your family in the face of unforeseen tragedy. As independent financial planning experts, we can advise you on which policies you need, so you can keep yourself and your family safe.