How do I make a claim?
You can call our claims line on 020 3758 9742 or write to us at: Habito Insurance Claims, 50 Mark Lane, London, EC3R 7QR.
When a claim is made, life insurance benefits are paid in full in one payment to your loved ones. They can choose to use the money however they want.
Some people use the funds to pay off their mortgage, but they can equally be used to care for children, pay school or tuition fees, and cover day-to-day living expenses.
Life insurance benefits may be liable to inheritance tax laws, depending on whether they are held in trust, payable to a surviving spouse, or the value of the estate.
You should speak with a financial adviser if you’d like to know more about inheritance tax.
Why do I need life insurance?
If you have a partner, children, or elderly parents who depend on you for support (financial or otherwise), then life insurance would provide them with a financial safety net, should something unexpected happen to you.
Why life insurance and mortgages?
Life insurance goes hand-in-hand with mortgages as it helps to protect the biggest asset you're likely to own.
When getting a mortgage it's important to think about how future payments would be made if you died.
As getting life insurance requires a lot of personal information that we will have already collected in the mortgage journey, we can provide you with life insurance without lengthy forms or doctor’s appointments.
When is the right time to take out life insurance?
The most common trigger to consider life insurance is when someone, usually a spouse or child, depends on you to cover mortgage payments. The younger you are, the more affordable your monthly life insurance payments are likely to be.
What is the right type of policy for me?
There are two main types of policies: level term and decreasing term. The one that’s right for you depends on a few factors, including the type of mortgage you have.
A level term policy is a popular way to cover interest-only mortgages, while a decreasing term policy is a popular way to cover repayment mortgages.
Level term policy: A level term policy is by far the most popular type of life insurance cover in the UK. It lasts for a fixed length of time, such as 25 years, and will only pay out the agreed lump sum if you die during that period. If you live beyond the end of the term, the cover lapses and you receive nothing.
Decreasing term policy: Decreasing term life insurance (or mortgage term life insurance) also only pays out a lump sum if you die during the fixed cover period, but the payout amount gradually decreases over time and premiums are lower as a result. It’s usually taken out to cover a specific debt such as a repayment mortgage in the event of your death and so it tracks your loan term.
What is the right level of cover for me?
This really depends on your needs and circumstances. As your needs change over time, you can change your level of cover.
How do I update or change my life insurance policy?
Habito Life Insurance offers flexible cover. If you want to increase or decrease your cover, or cancel your policy, you can do this via live chat .