If in doubt, it pays to ask the question
Our story below highlights one of the most important reasons our Advisers like to talk to you regularly. Your life journey can change for so many reasons over the years, some fantastic great experiences and some experiences you would prefer to hit the delete button on - especially those that involve ill health.
Your Adviser can be that person who can be there to reassure you especially if you hold insurance policies; they often cover more situations than you think.
At Lifetime we understand the impact that these health situations can have on you both emotionally and financially. Your Adviser can be that person who can be there to reassure you especially if you hold insurance policies; they often cover more situations than you think.
We recently had one of our Advisers move from Auckland to our Blenheim office. He was contacting clients in the area for the first time to introduce himself. During one telephone conversation with a client, the lady disclosed that she sadly had cancer, so it wasn’t worth them having a review, she knew she had life cover in place but that would be for her family when she was gone. Fortunately, we asked a few more questions and quickly realised that the life cover the lady had in place also had a terminal illness benefit attached. This meant the life policy could be paid out if signed off by a medical practitioner as to life expectancy.
Documentation was prepared and submitted, to the delight of the family who were already suffering greatly with the realisation that next year was going to be a completely different picture.
They received $200,000 from the life insurance policy and now can now achieve things together on the bucket list that they hadn’t previously thought possible. The life policy also had a financial planning provision included so her family can have a full financial plan prepared to be able to map out their financial journey ahead.
Please remember if you have any doubts as to what your policies would provide for, just ask one of the team at Lifetime - we are here to help.
My last article was written about teaching your ‘young’ kids about money and that was well received by our readers so I thought I would continue down the financial education path and focus on what we need to teach our ‘young adults’ about money.
I have always found having check lists helpful so hopefully this will help those young adults heading on their OE, graduating and leaving home and possibly also for the parents or grandparents who are helping coach these young New Zealanders from the side-lines.
It’s a nightmare trying to keep track of the different website logins; passwords that seem to be ever increasingly complicated; PIN numbers and security questions that you have no idea of the answers to; (no I don’t know the name of my favourite teacher!), it is not a surprise that many think technology is making things harder, not easier.