Whole Life Insurance for Children

As a parent, your child (or children) may very well be the most important thing in your world. In this article, we discuss whole of life insurance policies for children.

Here’s what you’ll learn in this article…

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What is children’s whole of life insurance?

Whole life insurance policies for children are a kind of product which you can take out for your child, that will cover them for the whole of their life.

Whole of life insurance is sometimes known as ‘life assurance’.

The main benefit is that your child is protected for the rest of their life, even if they later develop a condition which would have made it harder for them to get insurance, or increased their premiums.

Please note that we’re not referring to family life insurance that also covers your child, or making your child a beneficiary of your life insurance policy.

Whole life insurance for children is rarer and can cost more

Life insurance for children is relatively rare, because in most cases, children are not a source of income for their parents. As such, not all insurers offer it and whole of life cover for children is rarer still.

And, when compared with term-life policies for children (ie. one that covers your child until they turn 18), whole life can be a lot more expensive, simply because it lasts longer.

As such, it’s such a niche area of insurance that you may struggle to even find a whole life policy without the help of a specialist broker and if you do manage to find a policy on your own, you may be quoted enormous premiums.

Knowing that, we’d recommend that you save yourself a lot of time and potential expense by getting in touch – one of the fantastic experts we work with may be able to find just the policy for you.


Can I get whole of life insurance for your children?

If you’re not sure whether you need it, get in touch and one of the advisors we work with will discuss your needs and circumstances to identify whether whole of life insurance for your children is recommended.

To start with, you can determine this by asking yourself the following questions…

Is my child eligible?

For your child to be eligible, they must either be your biological child, legal step-child, or legally adopted by you. They also need to be below the maximum age, which varies between providers and can range from 16-23.

Pre-existing health conditions may limit the number of policies available, but aren’t usually a deal-breaker. Any hereditary conditions may lead to exclusions being applied.

If you’re looking for cover, but your child has a condition which you think may limit your options, get in touch – the brokers we work with are experts at finding the right cover when nobody else can.

What are the pros and cons?

The pros

  • Whole of life cover, regardless of what happens: The most obvious main benefit of whole of life insurance for your children is the peace of mind you get from knowing that they’re covered, no matter what happens.
  • You may be able to convert the policy more cheaply later: In many instances, a policy taken out at childhood can be converted once your child reaches adulthood. And the cost of converting an existing policy often works out to be cheaper than the cost of buying a new one.

The cons

  • It can be costly: Whole of life insurance is typically more expensive than insurance that lasts for a fixed term, and considering it could last for the whole of your child’s life – that is a lot of payments over time.
  • Cover can be limited: As children are usually classed as financial dependents, the payout that you’re likely to get is a lot lower than what would be available for an income earner.

Suitability depends on your own individual circumstances so we recommend speaking with one of our experts who can establish what is right for you.


Should I buy whole of life insurance for my children?

This, of course, is down to you.

Realistically (and thankfully), the chances of your ‘cashing in’ on such a policy are very low. What you’re really looking for is peace of mind that you’re willing to pay a premium for, and the possibility of protecting your child in the long run.

You may want to consider such a policy if your family has a history of debilitating illness, such as diabetes or heart disease. If you can get cover for your child before they develop any conditions, you could save them an enormous amount of money in premiums over time.

There is at least one instance in which you should seriously consider life insurance for your child. This is when your child is a major income earner for the family. Of course, this is rare – but not unheard of. Probably the most notable example of this are child stars.

In such an instance, you would have what is known as an ‘insurable interest’ in your child. This means that you would suffer significant financial loss if they were to pass away.


FAQ

Is there such a thing as whole of life insurance for babies?

Not really. You could buy whole life insurance for your baby, which would cover them through adolescence and into adulthood.

Is there such a thing as juvenile whole of life insurance?

Again, not really.

You could buy whole life cover for your child whilst they were of a juvenile age (which is typically defined as someone who is ‘not yet old enough to be considered an adult in the eyes of the law’). This would then go on to cover them once they reached maturity and for the rest of their life.


Speak to an expert today

If you need some help hunting down the best whole life insurance quotes for children or just want to speak to an expert for the right advice, call 0808 189 0463 or make an enquiry.

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