Protecting your business

Posted by AdamJones on Wednesday 16th of October 2019

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As a business owner, you are critical to the success of your organisation. But if you, or another co-owner were to become seriously ill or die, it could lead to serious problems with the ownership of your business. If you’re a sole trader, your business could fold if you were no longer around to run it, which could have a life-changing impact on those left behind. The death or serious illness of any key employees could affect the revenue and profitability of your business But, with sound planning, many of these issues can be avoided. We ca...


Practical ideas for downsizers.

Posted by GemmaForte on Wednesday 9th of October 2019

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Getting fed up of everyone coming around to yours for Christmas?

Or are you rattling round a large house because your kids have grown up and flown the nest?

Or perhaps you’ve found a lovely little property in a part of the country you’ve always wanted to live?

Whatever your reason for downsizing we’ve got some practical steps to help you make the most of the move…

Measure up
Whether you’re moving into a two-bed bungalow or a one-bed flat, you’ll still need to know how much less space you’ll have in your new home so that you can take you...


Securing your company’s future

Posted by AdamJones on Wednesday 11th of September 2019

 

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Business Protection is a crucial element in a company’s financial future, but how many have cover in place?

According to a study from Legal & General, 53% of the UK’s small businesses think they would cease trading in less than a year, should a key employee die or be diagnosed with critical illness and unable to work.

These figures ought to concern most business owners – especially given that the Federation for Small Businesses also reported around 50,000 SMEs go under each year because of late loan repayments – and it's a trend that ...


Which did you update more recently: Your phone, or your life insurance?

Posted by CarleyWarrenAldworth on Wednesday 11th of September 2019

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If you answered ‘phone’, we wouldn’t be surprised. After all, it has been estimated in 2022 around 53.9million people will be using smart phones in the UK, an increase of 12million since 2015.

Your phone is so important to you that you probably upgrade it regularly too, to reflect your changing needs. But, do you do the same with your life insurance?                                   

“Why would I need to update my insurance?”

Life may have changed since you last bought or reviewed your life insurance. You may have had children, moved ...


The insurance policy that could prove critical

Posted by CarleyWarrenAldworth on Wednesday 4th of September 2019

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Some people might be put off buying a critical illness policy because they believe it’s unlikely to pay out, despite the proportion of claims paid by insurers standing at just over 92%.

So why is there such a gap between perception and reality among consumers?

There have been well-publicised stories in the past where a policyholder has had a claim refused because their circumstances didn’t meet the insurer’s terms and conditions. But in reality, the number of critical illness claims declined are actually a tiny minority compared to the t...


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The extra freedom granted by the pension changes introduced in April 2015 is good news for all pension savers. However, the increased options could lead to many people making the wrong decisions and paying unnecessary tax, making professional financial advice all the more important.

In the event of your death, the money and estate that is left behind for your loved ones may be subject to tax and the amount of tax they may have to pay can be quite complex to work out. The government have provided the table below to give a bit more of an...


Trusts

Posted by CarleyWarrenAldworth on Monday 29th of July 2019

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Trusts are usually simple to set up, but it’s important to selectright type of Trust. 

What is a Trust?

A Trust helps ensure a payout goes to the people you’d like to benefit from your policy – should the worst happen. As the ‘settler’ (the person who creates the Trust), you can choose the people who will benefit (the ‘beneficiaries’). The Trust defines how and when they can receive the money from the insurance company.

Why is a Trust so important?

  • Save time, reduce worry - compared to leaving your life cover benefit in your will (o...

What is a Relevant Life Plan?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 24th of July 2019

What is a Relevant Life Plan?

A Relevant Life Plan is an individual ‘death in service’ life policy that is affected by an employer on the life of an employee and is funded by the employer. It is a term assurance plan designed to pay a lump sum benefit if the employee covered dies or is diagnosed with a terminal illness during their employment, within the term of the plan.

Relevant Life Plans are similar to most other types of life cover but can be a very useful tax efficient alternative providing valuable death in service benefits.

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Is joint life cover best for couples?

Posted by CarleyWarrenAldworth on Wednesday 17th of July 2019

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If you want to help make sure your loved ones will have financial security if you pass away, life insurance cover is the answer. But, if you’re part of a couple and you both need cover, should you take out single policies, or a joint policy that covers both of you?

With a single life policy, the insurer would pay out on the death of the policyholder and the policy would then lapse. With joint life insurance, however, the cover will apply to both policyholders and would pay-out either on the first or second death, depending on how the poli...


Do you aspire to own a new-build home?

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 3rd of July 2019

Do you aspire to own a new-build home? Are you looking to move home, but lack sufficient funds to afford the repayments on a low-deposit mortgage? You may find it easier to join, or move up the property ladder, thanks to the government-backed Help to Buy scheme.

There are several schemes currently:

Shared Ownership*

This is available to first time buyers unable to afford the full 100% mortgage on a home. It works by allowing them to buy a share of the home (between 25% and 75%), and then pay rent on the remaining share. An option to buy f...