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Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Yourself
For most people, a steady job and a reliable source of income are the key building blocks for meeting their financial needs. But how well is that foundation protected? Consider the immense financial burden that would be placed on you and your family if you couldn't work because of a disability. It's a risk that should not be ignored when constructing a financial and estate plan.
A life insurance policy provides important coverage, but it does not safeguard you in the event that a disability prevents you from working. The stark reality is that without disability insurance, a serious illness or injury could create financial hardship for you and for your family.
Disability Insurance Provides Added Security
Typically, disability insurance will provide benefit income for the period you are prevented from working due to a disability caused by an accident or sickness. Payments begin after an elimination/waiting period – the time between the occurrence of the disability and when benefits begin and continue until recovery or the end of a designated benefit period. Disability insurance premium payments paid by the individual are not tax-deductible, although benefit payments are received tax-free.
Disability Insurance Benefits
Disability insurance may provide protection for the various aspects of your life including:
- Your family
Maintain your current lifestyle through your recovery time and ensure that the basic needs of your family – protecting the ownership of your home, or paying for education.
- Your business
Benefits can be used to keep your business going during your crucial recovery period.
- Your assets
Preserves your investments by providing you with an alternative source of revenue.
Explore Your Options
Given the many disability insurance options available, it is important that you carefully weigh each alternative in light of your personal situation. A CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisor, in conjunction with an Estate Planning Specialist (Financial Security Advisor in Quebec), is an excellent resource to help you evaluate the benefits of including disability insurance as part of your long-term financial and estate plan. To find out how we can help you, use our Find An AdvisorOpens a new window in your browser. tool to locate a CIBC Wood Gundy Investment Advisor near you.