Here in the midlands, it’s commonly pronounced with a hard G as in g-obshite.
So how do you avoid looking like an eegit (or a gobshite) when it comes to protecting you and your family?
You can start by avoiding these daft errors when you’re taking out life insurance, mortgage protection, income protection or serious illness cover.
Ah, the blessed Homemaker AKA
or my personal favourite, PA to the TDP (Tiny Drunk Person).
Regardless of the job title, a stay at home parent (SAHP) should have their own life insurance.
Think about all the homemaker does, from cooking and cleaning to driving the kids to their various activities. Imagine if he or she was no longer around. Would you have to employ someone to help around the home, or would you have to reduce your hours to take care of the children?
Either way, you’re going to be out of pocket.
Taking on someone doesn’t come cheap and working reduced hours means a reduction in take-home pay.
The untimely passing of a homemaker will cause a financial loss for the family; therefore, you should always protect the homemaker.
€47,933, to be precise!
Research has shown that the cost to employ someone to do the cooking, cleaning, interior designing, driving, counselling and other household jobs normally taken care of by a stay-at-home parent would be an estimated €47,933.
So if you’re reading this as a working parent, don’t forget to insure your partner. plus you’ll get brownie points for proving you appreciate all the unpaid work they do.
There are three types of mortgage protection:
Single Life – easy one, you’re on the policy, you die, your policy will the mortgage.
Joint Life – two people on the policy, you die, the policy clear their mortgage, and the policy ends. There can only be one payout.
Dual life mortgage protection is like combining two single life policies. On the first death, the policy clears the mortgage, BUT cover then continues on a reducing basis for the second person. If they pass away, there is a second payout to their family.
Dual life mortgage protection is the same price as joint life mortgage protection, so it really is a no-brainer.
The banks in Ireland are wedded to either Irish Life or New Ireland Assurance. Neither of them offers dual life mortgage protection, so they’re hardly going to make a song and dance about a superior product that they can’t provide!
The cost of your income protection depends on:
The only factor that varies from insurer to insurer is Occupation Class.
Let me give you a quick crash course.
The insurer categorises your job according to how “risky” it is. In other words, compared to another occupation, how likely is it that you will make a claim. Everything else being equal, someone who swings a sharp tool is more likely to have a claim than a desk jockey. Therefore, it’s reasonable to assume that a labourer on a construction site will pay more than an administrator. To differentiate between the risk of injury, the insurers slot your job into a Risk Class. e.g. Class 1 (office worker), Class 4 (carpenter).
But occupation classes are not identical across all of the insurers.
Take a Mechanical Engineer as an example:
At Irish Life and Royal London, it’s a Class 2. At New Ireland, it’s a Class 3, and at Aviva, it’s a Class 4.
Oh, did I mention that the higher the Class, the higher your premium?
That may have piqued your interest:
Quote Type: Income Protection
First Person: Non-Smoker, born on 17/02/1977
Cover Amount: €34,444 per year until age 65.
Occupation Class: Mechanical Engineer (RL) (Class 2)
Deferred Period: 26 weeks
We arranged cover recently for a client who described himself as a Mechanical Engineer. On further inspection of what he did daily, we secured him Class 1 rates with Aviva as a Consultant Engineer for €65 per month, saving him €97 per month!
Always check occupation classes before choosing an income protection provider.
Insurer A: “We cover 62 illnesses.”
Insurer B: “We cover 68 full illnesses and 16 partial illnesses.”
Insurer C: “We cover 126 illnesses, including Stoneman Syndrome and Alice in Wonderland Syndrome.”
Logically, you would choose Insurer C as they cover the largest number of illnesses, so it’s the sensible choice.
Instead, what you should look out for are the definitions of the illnesses the insurer covers. Which insurer makes it easiest to claim an illness you’re likely to suffer?
The chances of Stoneman Syndrome are 1 in 2,000,000.
The chances of cancer are 1 in 3.
Choose the provider that makes it easiest to claim for cancer.
If you’re an avid reader, I hope you have learned nothing from reading this article. If so, well done, you are a learned life insurance legend – kudos to you, my friend.
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