I have been in my role as a Financial Consultant for over 20 years and wouldn’t even hazard a guess as to how many clients I have advised in that time. However, it is always the clients and their stories of life-changing events that will stick with me forever.
I often repeat back to new and existing clients these stories as a way of illustrating the ‘What if?’ happens to them either in their business life and or their personal life.
The purpose of this article is not to frighten or shock anyone but more as a reminder that the world is not always fair and that yes, it can happen to you and if it does, there is something you can do to plan for it.
Client have often said, “it’s impossible to ensure against everything” and of course that is true, but to give some perspective the average cost for Comprehensive Car Insurance in the UK is £484 per year. In my experience, the average family client spends far less on protecting their family against the ‘What if’ question.
So here’s a ‘what if’ story.
Mrs. C – Diagnosed with cancer
When she was diagnosed with a life-changing illness at the age of 32, her immediate thought was for her family. As a mother of two, she had bought the Critical Illness policy to protect her family, but never imagined she would need to claim.
The diagnosis came as a shock because it was only picked up by another routine operation. “It changes your whole perspective on life and what’s important in life.”
Mrs. C took out the policy to cover the family mortgage. The claim payment was used to clear the mortgage and helped Mrs. C to get her life back on track “I work full time and I am on sick leave at the moment, I get sick pay for six months and Income Protection after that, but it’s the fact that I know I can take as long off as I need now because of the policy. I haven’t got to worry about finance, I haven’t got to worry about work; there’s no pressure, it’s taken all of that pressure off.”
In my role, it gives me great satisfaction to know that I have helped so many individuals and families over the years. In addition, we are totally independent so this means we can not only deliver the best advice but also at the best cost across the whole market.