What you’ll need to make a Life Insurance claim
Before making a claim, try to gather the following information if it’s available:
- The name of the deceased
- Your relationship to them
- The cause of death
- Name and address of the Life policyholder’s GP
- The plan number if you know it (this can be found on the plan documents or emails)
It's also worth checking your plan document, if you have a copy, before you give us a call for the following information:
- How much you're covered for
- What you're covered for
- If you have any exclusions
Additional information that may be required for a life insurance claim
Depending on your plan, we may ask for:
- Proof of ID
- Proof of bank details (e.g. a statement showing the account name and number)
- Medical evidence
- Birth certificate
- Proof of death
- An original trust deed
- Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration
MisrepresentationIt’s important that any information the planholder gave us when applying for cover is correct and nothing is missing. We may not be able to pay out on a claim if there is something they didn’t tell us about their health or lifestyle.
Other reasonsSometimes our policies have conditions that the claim doesn’t meet. For example, a life insurance plan must be in force for 12 months before we can accept a death claim for suicide.
When do I need to submit my claim by?
Life Cover, Mortgage Free Cover: Death, Waiver of Premium on Death, Mortgage Life Cover, Family Income Cover: DeathFor claims relating to these types of cover, there is no notification period, meaning there is no time limit within which to submit your claim.
LifestyleCare CoverWe must get written notice within 6 months of the life-changing event.
Waiver of Premium on IncapacityYour plan schedule shows the deferred period that applies to your plan. If we do not receive notice of your incapacity within the specified period, we may treat the deferred period as if it started on the date we actually receive notice.
If we receive notice more than 90 days after the end of the deferred period, we may decline your claim.
- Deferred period of 7 days - We must get written notice immediately.
- Deferred period of 1 month - We must get written notice within 2 weeks of the date of incapacity.
- Deferred period of 3, 6 or 12 months - We must get written notice within 2 months of the date of incapacity.
Disability CoverCategory A, B, D - We must get written notice within 6 months of the life-changing event.
Category C - We must get written notice within 3 months of the life-changing event.
We’ve signed up to The Protection Distributors Group’ (PDG) Claim Charter, so we’re dedicated to delivering the highest standards to you throughout your claim experience. We want to support you through this difficult time, so we offer the following features to make the process of making a claim easier.
Life Cover claims - Grant of Probate
For Life Cover claims, because we know it can take time to get a Grant of Probate, we’ll pay up to £300,000 without a Grant of Probate, once we accept the claim and are satisfied with who the beneficiary is. This doesn’t apply to plans with a value of more than £300,000 or policies written into Trust.
We know that families having to deal with the loss of a loved one often face extra financial pressures. We want to help you as much as possible during this difficult time, so we’ve signed up to the Funeral Pledge. This means that if a valid life claim is likely to be delayed, we will pay out up to £10,000 towards the costs of a funeral, if the funeral payment is still outstanding.
If the Funeral Pledge option is instigated, we will:
- Obtain & verify the details of the funeral director
- Obtain the funeral invoice
- Make direct payment to the funeral director
All Life Insurance policies qualify for the Funeral Pledge Option.
We know there can be a lot of other tasks to do when a loved one dies, so we’ve compiled a list of helpful resources and support which can make the process easier. This can be found below: