Can You Take Out More Than One Life Insurance Policy?

Can you take out more than one life insurance policy?

Published 13 June 2018  |  Last updated 22 June 2020

The simple answer to this extremely common question is "yes"; you can have more than one life insurance policy. In fact, you can have as many policies as you wish, providing you can afford the premiums.  

Bear in mind, if requesting a large amount of cover or you are a non-working spouse for example, the insurance provider may require additional details to justify the level of cover.

Why do people choose to own many policies?

The reasons people choose to take out more than one life insurance policy are numerous. It may be cheaper to purchase a top-up policy for your additional needs than to take out a new policy for the full level of cover now needed or amend an existing policy where the provider allows. As you get older your health may deteriorate making new policies more expensive. 

Buying multiple policies may also enable a young person currently at the lowest pay scale of their career to start off with the essential cover, and then add subsequent policies when they can afford or need to, such as when they take out a mortgage.

Do you need multiple life insurance policies?

It depends on your circumstances, your needs and your existing policies. Life insurance is designed to protect your dependents financially in the event of your death, with term life insurance doing so for a specific period of time, and whole life insurance covering the entirety of your lifetime or as long as you pay the premiums, dependent upon the policy terms.

At Compare Cover, we don?t offer whole of life insurance as part of our comparison service, so you may need to speak to a company who specialise in this type of insurance or shop around to get this.

Particularly in the case of term life insurance, where policies can be outgrown over time, sometimes multiple policies may be the most effective way to match your protection needs.

Initially, many people choose to arrange just one life insurance policy that will best meet their long-term needs. At the time, this might be all they can afford, or all they require. However, as your personal, financial, and family circumstances change you may need to review your policy.

Notable milestones in life that can prompt such a rethink include:

  • Entering a marriage or civil partnership
  • Getting a divorce
  • Starting a family or having more children
  • Receiving a promotion or new job
  • Buying a new house or moving to a bigger property
  • Expanding your mortgage term
  • Acquiring more debt, such as personal loans or credit card debt
  • A change in your health or lifestyle

Some policies will allow you to increase an existing life insurance policy to accommodate a change in circumstances. In some cases, you may have the option to increase cover without health evidence which is an important consideration if you have poor health. 

Many people take the opportunity to review their existing policy when their circumstances change as this allows them to make sure that their arrangement meets their current needs. Taking out more than one policy enables you to link each policy term to a specific need such the completion of your mortgage term or your children finishing education. 

The multiple policies do not cancel each other out, and it can allow you to meet your different requirements. However, sometimes the cost of one new policy can be more cost effective but you need to make sure it can meet your needs.

Can you claim on more than one life insurance policy?

Again, the answer is "yes." Multiple valid life insurance claims from your beneficiaries are allowed. Remember, it's important to answer all questions accurately on the insurance application.

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