Know all the things insurance can help your family do? Probably not. Here are a few:
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With a busy family, it’s hard enough planning for tomorrow, so we understand how impossible it feels to plan for the unthinkable. That’s why we make the process of designing your insurance plan as easy and painless as possible (it’s still insurance after all). When you work with us, we will help determine what type of insurance policy suits your personal, financial and long-term needs. And we do the same for the rest of your family, too!
At the end of the day, life insurance is a tool to create options for your survivors. The proceeds of a personally-held policy are paid as a tax-free lump-sum to the recipient(s) of your choice upon your death. While there are different tax and estate planning approaches one can take, the outcome is assured every way. Life insurance can be purchased as term insurance or permanent insurance.
PERMANENT LIFE INSURANCE
Permanent insurance—generally understood as ‘Universal’ or ‘Whole’ life—is designed to provide lifelong financial protection as long as deposits are paid for every member of your family. Policies can be ‘paid up’ (no further deposits required) as soon as within 8-10 years (even single payments are possible, though rare). A permanent insurance policy can be structured to accumulate tax-advantaged investments or cash values that may increase the amount you leave behind to your beneficiaries. Permanent insurance can be an important planning tool for those seeking a guaranteed payout upon death—whenever it should happen; those looking to transfer wealth to future generations or for charitable causes; or those with a quantified tax liability.
TERM LIFE INSURANCE
Term insurance provides temporary coverage at a guaranteed rate for a specific, limited period of time. This coverage is primarily used to cover debts, obligations, and income replacement needs during working years (such as a mortgage, child care costs, lifestyle needs). Term insurance offers guaranteed-renewable premiums and is convertible, without further medical evidence, to a permanent insurance solution up to around age 75 (though one typically would convert much earlier than this age, as costs to do so then can be prohibitive). Upon expiry, the coverage ceases with no further insurance or cash values. Term insurance—whether or not in conjunction with permanent coverage—is a vital and affordable way to provide for dependents.
If one thinks of life insurance as providing for dependents once they’ve passed, health insurance—or ‘living benefits’—is for when you live. For the members in your family who are in the prime of their income-earning and wealth-building years, health insurance is one of the most valuable financial tools you can possess.
Even if you’re among the lucky few who have some employer-provided form of health insurance, like long-term disability insurance,it’s very likely insufficient if you earn more than an average income or want the strongest definition of coverage to have the most future options. Many others—whether self-employed, contract worker, or in-between jobs—don’t have any health insurance at all. When you work with us, we will review your individual circumstances—what you do, what you earn, what you need, what you’re covered for elsewhere—to determine the optimal blend of protection and cost to suit your age, need, and budget.
There are different types of health insurance coverages available to you:
This benefit protects your most important asset: your ability to earn income. Disability insurance provides tax-free income if you sustain a serious illness or injury that prevents you from working and providing for your family. While group long-term disability coverage is a good start, your policy may not replace enough of your income—and for a long enough period of time—to ensure your lifestyle. Policies vary regarding how soon you collect benefits and for how long. They also differ in whether disability benefits are received if you can’t perform the duties of your own occupation, a job in your field, or any job at all. Disability insurance benefits are paid on a monthly basis, as long as disability continues. Upon recovery from a disability, the policy continues—typically until one retires or reaches age 65. Some policies will even refund half your deposits paid during minimal or claims-free periods.
CRITICAL ILLNESS INSURANCE
A critical illness, such as cancer or a heart attack, can be physically, emotionally and financially devastating for the individual and their family. With our healthcare system ailing, the importance of owning your own healthcare plan is crucial. This coverage is one of the best ways to protect your family from the financial hardship that a major illness can cause, allowing you choice in the care you receive and preserving your lifestyle, savings and retirement plans. The benefit pays regardless of occupation or working ability. Coverage can be for a fixed period or permanent basis, providing a tax-free lump sum payment shortly after diagnosis of a covered condition. And all deposits can be refunded upon the policy’s cancellation or expiry, or upon death.
LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE
This is independence protection. As you age, it can become more challenging to care for yourself and not always possible for your family members to care for you. This coverage offers the support you need, providing a tax-free income benefit for facility or home nursing care.
These are the vital, non-emergency services at the core of our interactions with the healthcare system. When your employee benefits aren’t sufficient for your needs, when they run out due to job loss or retirement, or you need a customized, standalone solution to provide a safety net in the absence of traditional benefits, we’ve got you covered with a range of options designed to provide flexibility and choice.