Life insurance Updated:
Failing to update levels of life cover at various stages of life means millions of Britons risk leaving dependents in financial difficulty.
More than five million people are estimated to be playing a dangerous game with their loved ones' futures, according to recent research by Sainsbury's Finance.
Almost two thirds (60%) of those with life insurance admit they have not updated their level of cover following a significant change in their personal circumstances.
Life changing events such as getting married, having children, or buying a home with a bigger mortgage can all have an impact on financial commitments.
However, worryingly, millions of people fail to take this into account and do not review their level of life insurance cover accordingly.
The most common change in personal circumstances people are likely to have experienced since purchasing life insurance is changing jobs.
Having children and getting married were the second and third most common change respectively.
David Cook, of Sainsbury's Life Insurance has urged people to consider any significant changes in their personal circumstances and ensure that they have adequate cover should the unthinkable happen.
"Many people invest in life insurance when they buy their first home as they want peace of mind that they're covered should anything happen and they're unable to pay the mortgage," he added.
"However, clearly people are overlooking the need to update their level of cover once their personal circumstances have changed.
"Life insurance provides financial cover should the unthinkable happen and enables people to be secure in the knowledge that their dependants would receive sufficient funds if they were to die, which would help them to protect their standard of living."
The new findings come after research conducted by the life insurance provider last year revealed nearly half of mortgage holders in Britain (43%) do not have their mortgage contributions covered by life insurance.
Of those who pay a mortgage that is not covered by life protection, the research found that on average they are personally responsible for an outstanding balance of over £44,000.
Protecting yourself and your family financially against any unforeseen circumstances should always be at the top of your list of priorities.
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