There is no doubt that the very thought of claiming on your own insurance policy is depressing, but extensive research tells us that you (and even me) may be unable to work for an extended period during your life due to sickness or an accident. The problem is that nobody has any idea when that might happen. Please try to fight the urge to stop reading now and ‘worry about it later’ because there is an important message here.
It’s a confronting topic that makes us think about our own mortality. However, as a financial adviser I have helped many clients through the process. The worst can happen to anybody. If it does happen to you, you want to make sure that:
1. you took due care (supported by advice and help from someone in the know) when preparing your initial application, and
2. that you actually have the cover is place. The first question after, ”are you ok?” is often, ”do you have insurance?” If you think your answer would be ”I think so” or ”no”, please stop now and consider how your family would cope in this situation, or more to the point, how would you cope financially if something happened to a beloved family member?
Find a licensed financial adviser who specialises in Personal Risk Insurance. We can help you here. The application process is so important to relieve stress in the event of a claim. It has to be done
right; and the conditions and definitions (the boring stuff) must be spot on.
Don’t be satisfied with approval of cover that required very little in the way of medicals or blood tests. You may think you have cover but it’s a nightmare to be told at claim time your application is
rejected because you ‘broke the rules’ since you forgot (often genuinely) to tell the insurer something small but now seemingly crucial.
A professional adviser will ensure you have insurability from the very moment the cover is granted. Yes, you will have to pay for that advice, but it’s invaluable. The last thing anyone wants when they have suffered a serious injury or have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness is a delay. Or worse still, have any doubt the claim will be paid.
This is where the role of an adviser throughout is so important. Your adviser usually knows someone ‘higher up’ and ‘in-house’ who could assist through the process. That means, it’s not only
your adviser who is onto the insurance company but their internal contacts, often part of a large Head Office, which the insurer does not want to get offside. This alone is a huge advantage over
buying insurance online, because who will be there to back you up?
So please don’t put it off another moment – and this is the ‘pulling-on-heartstrings part’ – do it for those you love and who love you.
If you would like to discuss your insurance needs, give the team at Steve May a call and start a conversation today.
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