KEY PERSONAL INSURANCE
Directors and employees with highly specialist skills or knowledge are key employees of the companies they work for. To lose one as a result of a critical illness or death can be damaging to the business. That is why taking out Key Person insurance to protect the company is a wise move.
Key Person insurances can provide several benefits. These can include:
- Paying the costs of a temporary replacement
- Meeting the costs of recruiting a permanent replacement
- Covering the cost of death or incapacity of a key member of staff
The full scope of cover will depend on the type of policy purchased but companies ignore the risks of losing key staff at their peril. Shareholders, bank managers, suppliers and customers may not be so laid back.
SHARE PROTECTION THROUGH LIFE INSURANCE
Directors’ or partners’ share agreements may provide for the remaining directors to purchase the shares of other shareholding directors should they die. However there is a risk that the remaining directors may not have sufficient funds to hand when a fellow director passes away unexpectedly.
One solution to this is to take out life cover as a source of funding.
To arrange such cover requires the understanding and agreement of all concerned. It will also require some careful calculations to determine how much cover is required. However, it will be a comfort to all directors or partners of a business to know that their own or a colleague’s death will leave the other directors with sufficient support to carry out the terms of their shareholders’ agreement.
This type of policy can also include critical illness for protection in the event that a director or partner is forced to leave due to illness.
THE PLAN WILL HAVE NO CASH IN VALUE AT ANY TIME AND WILL CEASE AT THE END OF THE TERM. IF PREMIUMS ARE NOT MAINTAINED, THEN COVER WILL LAPSE.