Wealth protection


One important part of the wealth management process is to develop a protection strategy that continually remains relevant to your situation. We can help you put steps in place to protect your standard of living, and that of your family, in the event of an unexpected event. We achieve this by assessing your existing arrangements and providing you with guidance on how to protect your wealth and family.

Planning your legacy and passing on your wealth is another area that requires early planning. You might want it to pass directly to family members. You might want to leave a philanthropic legacy. You may even wish to reduce the effect of inheritance tax on your estate and consider the use of family trusts or charitable foundations. Or your wealth might encompass businesses, property and investments in the UK and abroad that require specialist considerations.

Protection strategy

We can ensure that you find the right solutions to protect your assets and offer your family lasting benefits. It is essential that you are able to make an informed decision about the most suitable sum assured, premium, terms and payment provisions.

There are potentially three main scenarios that could put your family’s financial security at risk: the death of you or your partner; you or your partner suffering from a critical condition or illness; and you or your partner being out of work due to an illness or redundancy.

We can help you calculate how much cover you may require, whether this is for capital or for income, or both. You may find that a lump sum of capital is needed to repay debt such as a mortgage or perhaps cover the cost of moving house. In addition, income may also be required to help cover your normal living expenses.

Think about how long you may require the cover and what you already have in place. We can help you review your existing policies and also take into consideration what your employer provides in the way of life insurance and sickness benefits.

Protecting your family from financial hardship

Provides a guaranteed lump sum paid to your estate in the event

of your premature death. To avoid Inheritance Tax and probate delays, policies should be set up and written under an appropriate trust.

Term Assurance 
For capital needs, term insurance is one of the simplest and cheapest forms of life insurance. If you die during the term of a policy, a fixed amount of life insurance is paid, normally tax-free. A mortgage protection policy is a type of term insurance used to cover a repayment mortgage, with the death benefit reducing as the balance of your mortgage reduces.

Family Income 
For income needs, family income benefit insurance is a worthwhile Benefit consideration. This can provide a monthly, quarterly or annual income, which under current rules is tax-free.

Critical Illness 
To protect you if you or your partner should suffer from a specified critical condition or illness. Critical illness insurance normally pays benefits tax-free if you suffer from one or more illnesses, diseases or conditions specified in the policy terms. Without obtaining professional advice these can vary tremendously between providers, making it difficult to assess your precise needs. If you combine critical illness insurance with life insurance, claims are paid whether you die or suffer the critical illness.

Income Protection 
Income protection insurance is designed to pay you a replacement Insurance income should you be unable to work due to accident, injury or illness. A replacement percentage of your income is paid until you return to work, retire or die. Rates vary according to the dangers associated with your occupation, age, state of health and gender.

Making the right decision


You can choose protection-only insurance, which is called ‘term insurance’. In its simplest form, it pays out a specified amount if you die within a selected period of years. If you survive, it pays out nothing. It is one of the cheapest ways overall of buying the cover you may need.

Alternatively, a whole-of-life policy provides cover for as long as you live.

Life Assurance Options
Whole-of-life assurance plans can be used to ensure that a guaranteed lump sum is paid to your estate in the event of your premature death. To avoid inheritance tax and probate delays, policies should be set up under an appropriate trust.

Level term plans provide a lump sum for your beneficiaries in the event of your death over a specified term.

Family income benefit plans give a replacement income for beneficiaries on your premature death.

Decreasing term protection plans pay out a lump sum in the event of your death to cover a reducing liability for a fixed period, such as a repayment mortgage.

Simply having life assurance may not be sufficient. For instance, if you contracted a near-fatal disease or illness, how would you cope financially? You may not be able to work and so lose your income, but you are still alive so your life assurance does not pay out. And to compound the problem, you may also require additional expensive nursing care, have to adapt your home or even move to another more suitable property.

Income Protection Insurance (IPI) formerly known as permanent health insurance would make up a percentage of your lost income caused by an illness, accident or disability. Rates vary according to the dangers associated with your occupation, age, state of health and gender but IPI is particularly important if you are self employed or if you do not have an employer that would continue to pay your salary if you were unable to work.

If you are diagnosed with suffering from one of a number of specified ‘critical’ illnesses, a critical illness insurance policy would pay out a tax-free lump sum if the event occurred during the term of your policy. Many life insurance companies offer policies that cover you for both death and critical illness and will pay out the guaranteed benefit on the first event to occur.

Beyond taking the obvious step of ensuring that you have adequate insurance cover, you should also ensure that you have made a Will. A living Will makes clear your wishes in the event that, for example, you are pronounced clinically dead following an accident, and executes an enduring power of attorney, so that if you become incapable of managing your affairs as a result of an accident or illness, you can be reassured that responsibility will pass to someone you have chosen and trust.

Of course, all these protection options also apply to your spouse and to those who are in civil partnerships.