FIB – Stands for Family Income Benefit and is a very simple yet valuable type of cover which pays a monthly income if the policyholder dies whilst the policy is in force. The beneficiaries will continue to receive the monthly income at the level specified in the policy until the termination date of the policy.
Payments provided may be index linked to rise to keep pace with inflation or be capped at a flat rate.
Should the policy holder continue living until the end of the policy then no benefit is payable – but of course during the years while the policy was active the policy holder would enjoy peace of mind knowing their family would receive not just a once off lump sum should the policy holder die, but perhaps more importantly they’d be able to maintain balance in their finances by ensuring that all monthly commitments will be met by the ongoing monthly income provided by this product.
Family Income Benefit Policys can be held either singly or jointly. Joint policys commence paying out on the death of either policyholder. However, if both policy holders were to die whilst the policy is in force then there would still only be one monthly payment awarded.
In a nutshell then – Family Income Benefit is an important and economical tool that helps to ensure that a family’s income will be maintained at an acceptable level if the main income providers were to die.
It’s also increasingly being used in divorce settlements to ensure that monthly income levels will be provided to support the children and/or ex-marriage partner until an agreed date should the policy holder die while the policy is in force.
It’s quite surprising how little such cover can cost.
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