Understanding Life Cover

May 1, 2024 | Insurance


Life cover, also known as life insurance, is an important financial product designed to provide financial security to your loved ones in the event of your death. It ensures that your family can maintain their standard of living, pay off debts, and cover essential expenses even when you’re no longer around.

Why You Need Life Cover

Life cover is essential for anyone with financial dependents. If you are the primary breadwinner, your death could leave your family in a difficult financial situation. Life insurance can help cover:

  • Mortgage Payments: Ensuring your family can stay in their home.
  • Living Expenses: Covering daily costs such as food, utilities, and education.
  • Debts: Paying off any outstanding loans or credit card debts.
  • Funeral Costs: Covering the expenses associated with your funeral.

Types of Life Cover

There are several types of life cover, each designed to meet different needs:

  1. Term Life Insurance: This is the most common type of life cover. It provides coverage for a specified period (e.g., 10, 20, or 30 years). If you die within this term, the policy pays out a lump sum to your beneficiaries. There are three main types of term life insurance:
    • Level Term Insurance: The payout amount remains the same throughout the policy term.
    • Decreasing Term Insurance: The payout amount decreases over time, often used to cover a mortgage that reduces over time.
    • Increasing Term Insurance: The payout amount increases over time to keep up with inflation.
  2. Whole Life Insurance: This type of policy provides coverage for your entire life, as long as you continue to pay the premiums. It usually has a higher premium but guarantees a payout whenever you die.
  3. Family Income Benefit: Instead of a lump sum, this policy pays out a regular income to your beneficiaries for a specified period after your death.

Factors to Consider When Choosing Life Cover

When selecting a life cover policy, consider the following factors:

  • Coverage Amount: Calculate how much money your family would need to maintain their lifestyle and cover expenses.
  • Policy Term: Decide how long you need the coverage. This could be until your children are financially independent or your mortgage is paid off.
  • Premiums: Ensure the premiums are affordable and fit within your budget.
  • Health and Lifestyle: Your health and lifestyle can affect your premiums. Non-smokers and those in good health typically pay lower premiums.

Benefits of Life Cover

Having life cover provides peace of mind, knowing that your loved ones will be financially protected. It can help:

  • Maintain Your Family’s Standard of Living: Ensuring they can continue their current lifestyle without financial hardship.
  • Pay Off Debts: Preventing your family from inheriting your debts.
  • Cover Funeral Costs: Relieving your family of the financial burden of funeral expenses.
  • Provide for Future Needs: Ensuring your children’s education and other future needs are met.


Life cover is a vital part of financial planning. It provides a safety net for your family, ensuring they are taken care of financially if the worst happens. By understanding the different types of life cover and considering your family’s needs, you can choose the right policy to provide peace of mind and financial security.

We are able to provide you with a no obligation quotation to understand the cost of protecting your family and their standard of living when it’s really needed. Please explore our free mortgage and protection tools available on our website.

By Nick Roberts DipPFS
Financial Planner