Life insurance, also known as term insurance or life assurance will provide a sum of money in the event of death during the term of the policy. This cash lump sum is paid tax free and can be used by your dependents however they choose.
Life insurance can be used to cover a mortgage, other loans or to ensure that your family is protected from the effects of having to repay a debt.
Critical Illness Cover
A Critical Illness plan is designed to pay out a lump sum on the diagnosis of certain specified illnesses. This type of plan is designed for those individuals or families whom want a lump sum if they are diagnosed with a serious illness. As an example of where this lump sum could be used is to repay a loan, mortgage, or perhaps pay for time off work.
An Income Protection plan is designed to pay out a regular income in the event you are unable to work due to an accident or illness. These types of plans continue to pay out an income as long as you are unable to return to work up until the end date of the policy (typically your normal retirement age).
Family Income Benefit
Family Income Benefit is a life insurance policy which is set for a period of time known as the term. If you die within this period the policy will pay out a regular tax free income until the end of the term. For example if you have a 20 year policy and die within 5 years the policy will pay out the remaining 15 years.