Mr & Mrs W required a full financial review. Married with two children and relying on Mr W’s sole income for the last 7 years, clients had about £5,000 in general savings. They also had a £180,000 mortgage on a Pure Interest Only Basis. Mr W had recently received a promotion at work and wanted to use the additional £800 per month of take-home pay to address their financial needs. These were established to be:-
- To provide financial security in the event of death, serious illness or long term disability
- To ensure the mortgage is paid off by the time they retire,in 22 years time
- To provide funds for when their two children go to University
After establishing what benefits Mr W had through his employer and agreeing their attitude to risk and investment term, we established :-
A Joint Life Level Term Assurance Policy for £180,000 over a 22 year term – to ensure their mortgage would be repaid in full in the event of either party’s death during the 22 year mortgage term
As client’s had a ‘Medium to High’ attitude to risk we established a regular savings Stocks & Shares ISA in Mr W’s sole name that projected to repay their mortgage over a 22 year term
An Income Protection for Mr W that will pay 60% of his salary in the event of him being off work for 26 weeks. His Employer will pay him for the first 26 weeks. The policy will pay out the required level of income until such time as he returns to work or until his selected retirement age.
A joint Life Family Income Benefit Policy that will provide £15,000 per annum in the event of either party’s death during the next 15 years. This will provide some financial security for the surviving spouse and children in the event of either spouse dying before their youngest child is 21 year old.
We also set up a stand alone Whole of Life Critical Illness policy on a joint life basis that was written on an ‘Ultimate Cover basis. This was designed to pay out a lump sum to either party in the event of the first valid claim on diagnoses of a critical illness. We included ‘child cover’ so that a specified amount could also be claimed in the event of either child being diagnosed with a critical illness.
Finally, to address the University funding requirements we utilised part of the £3,600 annual tax-free Junior ISA allowance for their youngest child and incremented the Child Trust Fund allowance for their other child. This allowed them to save a regular amount to build up a flexible tax-free sum.
The case study illustrated above is based on one of our clients and its aim is to give you an idea of the type of work and planning we undertake for our clients.
Changes in legislation and tax can impact on the advice that we give to our clients. This case study is not guaranteed to work in all circumstances and is intended to be a guide.
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