Feb 20, 2011
Following the recent successful workshop that was organized by KEL on ‘The Importance of Wills for Expats in the UAE’, I thought it might be fruitful, if I shared some basic knowledge on the essence and need to protect yourself from your financial debts and liabilities in the case of an unexpected event.
For any individual, certain events are imminent. Prime examples of such unavoidable events are illness, disability and untimely death. Not many people stop to consider the debilitating effect of such unexpected events on the family’s finances and lifestyle; and unfortunately the importance of appropriate protection is realized only once you are faced with this tough situation.
While it is clearly obvious that the risks of illness, disability and death cannot be totally mitigated, implementing the appropriate measures can help to reduce their financial implications.
As one of the primary breadwinners of the family, your ability to earn is perhaps your most valuable asset. Therefore, investing in a suitable life insurance plan will not only ensure the long-term security of your loved ones, but will also give you complete peace of mind knowing fully that you have covered yourself for such eventualities.
When we talk of “protection”, we are essentially referring to the need for hedging against one’s liabilities. These liabilities range from personal loans, credit card bills or money borrowed from friends or potential liabilities such as school fees, weddings or other family commitments.
While insurance is primarily used to address the eventualities of untimely death or disability that is caused due to an unforeseen accident or illness, one can also find policies that can protect one from the financial burden that comes from losing one’s regular income and/or having to treat a serious long-term critical illness. Insurance policies are also available to cover the cost of medical treatment for both minor as well as major illnesses; something that many consider very essential in today’s day of ever-increasing medical costs.
With so many insurance companies and brokers in the market today, one will often find one’s self hounded by over-eager salesmen, who do not bother to understand your needs, but are often keen to sell you the product that will earn them the highest commission. As someone who has spent several decades in the insurance industry, it is my advice to those of you interested in ‘protection policies’ first discuss your requirements in detail with an independent advisor, ensuring that the product/plan being recommended to you, is indeed, the one you want and need.
Hence it is important for you to educate yourself on what is available to derive at what will fit you the best. KEL is organizing an event on 23rd February to provide a platform for such education and networking. If interested, kindly register and attend this event.