LONDON VICTORIA INSURANCE
Victoria House London was built by the Insurers in the 1920's in Bloomsbury Square as their London head office, although Liverpool Victoria was founded back in 1843.
In 1996 the Insurers moved offices into the Bournemouth area having bought Frizzell. At that stage, they rebranded to just LV= to become one of the UK's biggest Friendly Societies & Insurers.
LV= acquired the former GE Life business. In 2014 they absorbed Teachers Assurance.
In 2020, Allianz took over Liverpool Victoria general insurance & then de-registered it as a friendly society.
In summer 2020, they were assessing putting themselves up for sale. Suitors reportedly had included former fellow mutual Royal London Insurance which was the panels preferred suitor ie; was the London Victoria Insurance co-brand name a possibility ?
Before the end of 2020, LV= agreed however to sell the business to Bain Capital.
LONDON VICTORIA INSURANCE - REVIEW Article 2020
Both Liverpool Victoria & Royal London offer Life Insurance products via their Menu Protection product combines several types of cover via one Insurer.
Looking to compare hypothetical London Victoria Insurance protection products.
LONDON VICTORIA - MORTGAGE PROTECTION
Designed to cover a repayment mortgage on death or terminal illness as it decreases during the plan term.
LONDON VICTORIA - WHOLE OF LIFE INSURANCE COVER
A whole of life policy that will always payout whenever death may occur. Premiums maybe reviewable in the future.
LONDON VICTORIA - LIFE INSURANCE
Offering family protection if the policy holder dies or is diagnosed with a terminal illness during the term.
LONDON VICTORIA - CRITICAL ILLNESS COVER
Helps ease financial worries if you or your children are diagnosed with a critical illness as specified by Insurers.
LONDON VICTORIA - INCOME PROTECTION
Providing security by way of an income if you are off sick or have an accident or disability.
LONDON VICTORIA - OVER 50'S LIFE INSURANCE COVER
A no medical evidence life insurance policy, level or indexed linked, to always payout whenever death may occur perhaps for funeral costs - but only after an initial period.
LONDON VICTORIA - BUSINESS PROTECTION
Offering company protection for a key person, loan cover, share protection, an employee dies or is diagnosed with a critical illness.
LONDON VICTORIA LIFE INSURANCE - Frequently Asked Broker Questions
Can you make changes to your life insurance policy ?
In terms of changing your life insurance policy, often you can request some of the following via Insurers LV= Insurance or Royal London
The changes could be subject to medical underwriting based on your circumstances at the time & may well affect your premiums.
What if my health or lifestyle changes after I have taken the policy out ?
Life Insurance cover is based on full disclosure at the time you took the policy out ie; being 100% as honest & accurate as possible. So any health or lifestyle changes since usually does not void your existing policy, as it wasn't relevant at that time of initial application. Please check your original T&C's
How do I make a Death Claim ?
Check firstly if premiums are still being paid or alternatively is the policy perhaps "paid up" meaning no further premiums were needed.
Then contact the Insurers claims line to inform them. They will provide you with their claim form for completion. You will need to send in a number of documents, most importantly being the death certificate proving the cause of death.
Insurers ( as well as other Providers ) will need the original death certificate, so ideally ask for several certified copies. Enclose your policy document, if you can find it and then send by recorded delivery or registered post to Insurers.
Once received, the Insurers usually cross check all information before processing and settling a valid claim ie; was the medical & lifestyle information correct at the time of original application
If everything is hopefully in order, the Insurer may pay out a claim & usually in a matter of days or weeks.
Death Claims, Life Insurance Trusts & Life of Another
Who the life insurance maybe actually then paid out to can be more complicated & many people wrongly assume it is a simple process.
If it is a joint life 1'st death policy or if it single life policy owned by another person " life of another" then it will just be paid to the survivor.
However, if it is a single life policy it can be more complex. Check if the policy was setup & written into a trust. If so the Insurer will pay the life insurance via the trustees named to the nominated beneficiaries directly. Sometimes there are a named beneficiary & others times a list of potential beneficiaries. The life insurance paid out doesn’t have to be included in the legal documents sent for probate and potentially it won’t be liable for inheritance tax either.
Should I put my Life Insurance policy into Trust ?
If the life insurance wasn’t written into trust, it will be paid to the executors of the deceased’s estate. They will handle the administration, known as probate in N Ireland, England, Wales and confirmation in Scotland. If not, the benefits will fall into your estate if you died prematurely. If you have not made a will this can then cause further complications with the life insurance monies.
Until probate is fully granted, no monies can be paid out to those named in the will. On average, this can take upto 6 months. By not placing the plan into trust may also swell up the total estate values, leading to potentially Inheritance Tax IHT issues
So placing a policy in trust can help to ensure that the policy proceeds go to the correct beneficiaries you decide to nominate at that stage & help avoid possible probate delays & IHT costs. Ask the Insurers if they provide any standard trust form wordings & seek legal advice if unsure.
If I started smoking after taking out my Life Insurance - Do I need to now tell them ?
If you had legitimately stopped smoking for over 12 months at that time of original application, you may wish to advise the Insurers you have started smoking again - but this should not affect the original policy terms which should still stand - you were being honest. Also maybe suggest letting your GP know if this is the case.
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