Life insurance and its many uses

Life insurance can ensure your family’s financial security in the event of your sudden death.

It is a contract pursuant to which the insurer promises to pay a beneficiary you nominate an agreed sum of money upon your death.

Usually, you would own your own policy and nominate your spouse, partner and/or children as the beneficiaries in defined proportions. However, the policy on your life can be held by others (such as your spouse) or by a business or owners of a business (as detailed below).

Life insurance can help fund a buy out of a deceased’s interest in a business (see below).


Depending on your circumstances and your marginal tax rate, it can be beneficial to hold a policy within a superannuation fund as you may benefit from available taxation advantages.

Life insurance premiums are not of themselves tax deductible however, where a policy is held inside super, the premiums can be paid from the superannuation balance held such that the premiums paid are contributions to super and are taxed as such.


We would need to discuss this with you and provide quotes but surprisingly, it is not expensive at all. Consider how much you pay to insure your car when considering a quote.
Although different insurers might charge different premiums for similar products, we only recommend quality insurers that carry out “underwriting” up front.

This is where the insurer considers your full medical history before deciding to insure you – the point being that if they have done this, a claim is unlikely to be rejected on your death. The insured has a duty of full disclosure and less reputable insurers can reject claims on the basis of non-disclosure.


Where people are fundamental to the ongoing viability of a business, often the business or the stakeholders in the business choose to take out a life insurance policy on that key person in case something happens to them.

The policy can either fund the business in acquiring a new team member to fill the deceased person’s role or can fund the other owners in buying out the deceased’s share in the business, using the policy benefit to pay out the deceased’s estate as part of a buy/sell agreement or similar provisions in a partnership or shareholders agreement.


For more information on personal insurances and the types of cover that are suitable for your needs or those of your business, please contact Fionne McKillop at McKillop Financial Planning on (02) 9542 2904 or email

Fionne McKillop is principal financial planner at McKillop Financial Planning and owns her own law firm McKillop Legal, which is expert in estate planning, business succession and commercial law.


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