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If you or your significant other were to die, would your surviving spouse be well protected? It may be time to re-evaluate your situation from this perspective with an advisor. You can look at your current coverage and see if it’s really enough for your family’s needs!
Upon the death of a spouse, the surviving spouse usually has less income. This is because pensions decrease or cease completely, such as the case with the Old Age Security pension, which stops the month following the death.
Depending on his or her situation, the surviving spouse may not have enough money in the absence of the deceased’s income: not having to pay the deceased’s personal expenses will not compensate for the amounts not received. However, the expenses related to funeral expenses, taxes and other obligations (payment of credit cards, mortgage or rent, a child’s education, etc.) must be carefully evaluated. All of these expenses require estate planning – a process that tends to be postponed when everything is going well!
A good strategy, based on projections and scenarios, often includes life insurance.
Among other things, this type of coverage can make up for the lack of cash. Otherwise, the estate may find itself in a situation where it has to quickly dispose of assets (for example, sell a family property) to pay creditors.
Specialists estimate that to maintain their standard of living, the surviving spouse needs 80% of the overall cost of living prior to death.
Other general measures are used: to maintain his or her standard of living, the surviving spouse must rely on an income of between 60% and 70% of the total family income. This formula works in most situations – but with a modest or very high family income, the percentage must be adjusted.
Beyond estimates, nothing beats a budget and personalized planning. And while each case is different, one constant remains: the loss of a loved one should not lead to a reduced standard of living!
Insurance products abound on the market and are sometimes complex. At this stage, an advisor can explain the coverage available and help you make the right choices.
Here are two of the elements to consider:
Type of coverage: temporary or permanent
Depending on their finances and goals, each couple has its own challenges. Yours does too! To get the right perspective, ask an advisor for help. This specialist will help you calculate whether you and your spouse are protected enough so that the surviving spouse has enough income (for life). If not, you can work together to develop a strategy to deal with the situation.
Once this is done, and death scenarios are behind you, you and your loved will be free to enjoy your time together!
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