When it comes to their children, most parents want the same thing: to make sure that they’re happy, healthy and cared for. As a single parent, this responsibility falls on you alone, which may at times feel like a lot of pressure. It’s not always easy to make the best decisions for your family but when it comes to their future, you want to get it right. So how do you know if life insurance is right for you as a single parent? Let’s have a look…
How can life insurance help you protect your family?
Have you thought about what would happen to your children if you were to suddenly pass away? Do you have dedicated guardians to step in if needs be? Do you have money available to help them carry on with life as you would want them to?
As a single parent, your children often rely on you as the sole breadwinner. If you were to pass away and your income was no longer there, your family could struggle to meet larger expenses, like a mortgage, or even household bills and day-to-day expenses.
With the right protection in place, you could have peace of mind that you would be helping to leave your children without any debt to inherit. You could also help to make sure that your children can still meet major milestones, like learning to drive or going to Uni with a cash lump sum if you pass away unexpectedly.
With Smart Insurance, you’ll also get a free Will Kit included with your policy. It’s possible to name legal guardians for your children in your will so you can make your wishes clear and ensure that there’s a plan in place if the worst should happen.
How does life insurance for single parents work?
In a nutshell, life insurance helps you to ensure that there’s a financial cushion in place for your loved ones should you unexpectedly pass away. You might think; ‘I’m young and healthy, why would I need to take out life insurance?’ but as we all know life is unpredictable, and disaster can strike at any time. With the financial responsibility of being a single parent and the sole provider for your family resting on your shoulders, life insurance could be a simple way of protecting your loved ones if the worst were to happen.
There are a few different types of life insurance available, with policies tailored to different needs. Let’s have a look at what Smart Insurance policies are available and what kind of protection they offer.
Family Life Insurance
Smart Family Life Insurance provides your loved ones with a lump sum benefit when you pass away. The benefit amount can be used to help manage major household debts like the mortgage or car repayments, help with daily living expenses, or cover funeral costs.
It’s available to UK residents aged 18 to 64. You simply choose your benefit amount from £60,000 to £750,000 (depending on your age) with a monthly premium that you can afford. If you are diagnosed with a terminal illness with 12 months or less to live, or you die, your benefit will be paid out to your family.
This kind of policy could be right for you if you want to ensure there’s money there to help cover larger financial responsibilities like a mortgage or loss of the sole income of a family. You don’t need to have a medical to take out cover, we’ll just ask you a few simple lifestyle questions.
Guaranteed Life Insurance
Smart Guaranteed Life Insurance is a policy that guarantees acceptance. That means if you’re a UK resident aged between 30 and 80 you can get this life insurance with no need for a medical or health questions. It’s a straightforward way of helping to ensure your children don’t struggle financially as a result of your death.
You can choose a benefit from £2,000 to £20,000 depending on your age and your premiums will stay the same for the duration of your policy. As well as that, your cover is free from the policy anniversary after your 95th birthday.
This type of protection could be for you if you suffer from poor health and are concerned about being able to get cover. It also may suit you if you want to help pay for your funeral, debts, and day-to-day expenses when you’re gone. You could also leave it as a gift to help your children later in life.
Find out more about how Family Life Insurance and Guaranteed Life Insurance compare in our helpful guide.
Personal Accident Insurance
Accidents happen, it’s a normal part of life. Unfortunately, serious accidents can result in lengthy recovery and costly medical expenses. If you were to pass away as a result of a serious accident, your family may need help paying off loans, medical expenses, or meeting day-to-day living expenses.
You could get cover from £30,000 up to £500,000 depending on your age, and you’re guaranteed acceptance as long as you’re a UK resident aged between 18 and 69. And our 10% Smart Cashback® benefit means that after the 12th successful monthly payment, we give you back 10% of the premiums you have paid.
This type of cover can give you peace of mind that if you were to suffer from a serious accident you would have money available to help you on the path to recovery. If you were to pass away as a result of a serious accident, your family would have a financial cushion to help them pay for funeral expenses or other debts.
Where to start
When it comes to securing life insurance as a single parent, you should think carefully about what you want your protection to do, how long you want it to last and how much you can afford to pay. If you’re not sure how much cover you might need, our guide on calculating your life insurance policy can help.
You should also consider if there is any additional cover you want to put in place. You might want to take out critical illness cover or optional children’s cover, which helps cover extra costs that may be incurred for items like medical expenses and school tuition if your child suffers a defined serious injury or illness.
We’re here to help
Securing the right life insurance as a single parent can seem overwhelming at first but we’re here to help. Whatever your needs may be, our team of experts are on hand to help you find the right policy for your circumstances at an affordable price. If you want to learn more about life insurance, our blog is full of tips, tools, and advice to help you enjoy life and protect your family.
If you’re ready to secure life insurance, you can apply for a quote online today. If you’d prefer to talk to one of our friendly UK-based team, you can call us and we’ll be happy to talk you through your options.