For the majority of people, the foundation of any financial advice should be looking to protect the family and/or business in the event that anything happens to the principal bread winner.
How RFS Advice can help with insurance & wealth protection
The first step should always be Estate Planning. RFS Advice works closely with a number of legal specialists in this area and like many things, all estate planning specialists are not equal. When you know who should be receiving what and what tax structure will be the most effective way of bequeathing it to them, then we get involved in the how much and how to fund it.
This is the same for businesses and families. All too often we find clients with policies that are:
- incorrectly structured;
- owned by the wrong beneficiaries;
- triggering unintended tax consequences at claim time.
Even more worrying, are instances of clients paying for policies that provide benefits they are not eligible for a very nasty surprise at claim time!
The objective of having insurance cover over your life and your assets is to provide yourself, your business and your family, financial certainty in the event of death, illness or accident.
Insurances have often been called the ‘Instant Estate’. As you accumulate assets, the need for life insurance can actually decline. Life insurances are only needed when you do not have the assets to pass on to beneficiaries.
In the latter part of your life the insurances that play an increasingly important part in your plans will actually be Trauma Insurance and Income Protection. These Insurances are triggered in the event you survive a critical illness or accident and are unfit to continue employment or have an extended period of unemployment.