What is Critical Event Protection and is it relevant to me?
If you are a member of a Death in Service Scheme, if you have a separate Critical Illness and Life Insurance Policy or even if you have a Pension Plan, you should look at Critical Event Protection.
What are these schemes and policies for?
Death in service schemes are often part of your employers’ group policy scheme which provides a lump sum for family or to cover the death of a shareholder in a business.
Critical illness policies produce an income supplement in the event of a critical illness and on death there is usually a lump sum paid.
Life insurance policies may make provision to cover inheritance tax, provide a lump sum for family or to cover the death of a shareholder in a business.
An occupational or self-invested pension plan may have a lump sum which will be paid on death.
What happens to these assets when I die and why would I need Critical Event Protection?
These valuable assets usually only pass to your next of kin if you’ve nominated them. If you haven’t, they go into your estate and may then become subject to Inheritance Tax at 40%. In this way, sometimes funds are wasted or end up with people you don’t even know yet, for example if your current partner or next of kin starts a new relationship.
How can I protect these assets for my dependents?
Using a trust preserves the use of these funds for your dependents, avoids direct ownership, can avoid the need to incur estate administration costs and may save inheritance tax. A trust protects and ringfences these lump sum proceeds and means a quick claim by the trustees upon your death can make the funds available in a protected trust environment to meet family costs.
At legalmatters, we have put together a simple solution, which will enable you to deal with these valuable assets, called Critical Event Protection.