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Shop Around For Income Protection

Jun 3, 2008
Shopping around online for your income protection policy is needed if you are to get a quality policy that also comes with the cheapest premiums. Standalone specialists who offer cover for your income will base the premium they charge on your age when taking cover out and also on the amount that you wish to insure each month. The amount you can cover will be up to a certain amount of your monthly income and this is the figure that you will be paid out if you need to make a claim.

A loss of income would affect you greatly and you could be forced to make many lifestyle changes. Income protection would kick in and start to provide you with a replacement income after being unable to work or of becoming unemployed. All policies will have a waiting period which you have to stand to before putting in your claim. However some providers will backdate the benefit to the first date of you coming out of work or of being made redundant. The policy might stipulate that you are unable to work for a minimum of 30 days and others could ask 90 days of waiting. After your cover had begun paying it would continue to provide for a period of between 12 and 24 months, this is dependent on the provider you choose to take your cover from.

You can find out exactly when your cover would start and end in the terms and conditions of the policy. This is also where the provider will put in any exclusions that could apply, and these can vary again on the provider. While you are fit and well and working full time you might not even give a thought to what could happen in the future. While no one likes to look on the bad side of life, things can and do happen and unless you are protected against them then your whole life could change.

One of the biggest outgoings you have to meet each month is your mortgage. If you get into arrears with your mortgage due to a loss of income then your lender could take steps to repossess your home. If you have borrowings by way of loan or credit cards then you also need to protect them. If you cannot repay, you will earn yourself the title of being a bad payer and see a decline in your credit score. If you wanted to borrow in the future then it could be very hard as your credit rating is the first thing lenders take into account. Depending on how much you owe the lender they could take you to court and you might get a County Court Judgement against you.

Do not confuse income cover with income protection insurance as income protection insurance will not payout against redundancy. It would provide an income up to retirement age if you were to become sick or suffer an accident that meant you would not be able work.

At anytime you might find yourself suffering an illness which meant you had to take a considerable amount of time away from work. You could also be involved in an accident that also kept you from earning an income. Unemployment also has to be considered as redundancies do happen. An income protection policy would safeguard all of these and would allow you to continue meeting all of your outgoings.
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Simon Burgess is Managing Director of the award-winning British Insurance, a specialist provider of income protection .
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