Over-50s life insurance plans like Sun Life’s pay out a guaranteed lump sum when you die. They’re a type of whole-of-life insurance policy, so it won’t expire when you reach a certain age, though maximum payouts tend to be lower than traditional life insurance policies.
Sun Life opened its first office in London in 1810, and in 1900, became the first company to offer life assurance without the need for a medical. It launched its first over-50s life insurance plan in 1979. Today, it offers this core product alongside others aimed at an older age group, including funeral plans, home insurance and pet insurance. Sun Life is a trading name of Phoenix Life Limited, which provides the over-50s policies.
Sun Life only offers one core life insurance plan, which is aimed at over-50s who are UK residents, and pays out a guaranteed lump sum when you die. Sun Life pitches its guaranteed over-50s plans as a way for you to help loved ones cope with funeral costs, or simply to leave them a little something to remember you by.
Unlike traditional life insurance policies, Sun Life’s over-50s plan asks no questions about your medical history and lifestyle – you’re guaranteed to be accepted.
Like other over-50s plans, though, the maximum lump sum you’ll get is likely to be much lower than traditional life insurance policies. Payouts will depend on your age and monthly payments (the older you are when you take out the scheme, the lower the likely payout). When we ran some quotes, the highest payout we found for a 59-year-old paying £74 a month was £17,506.
Plus, depending on how long after taking out the policy you die, you may end up paying more in premiums than the cash payout is worth.
Under Sun Life’s standard over-50s life insurance plan, premiums are payable for life – if you stop, your insurance will end and you won’t get anything back.
It also offers a “Premium Cap” plan for those who are worried they might not be able to afford premiums later in life. This lets you choose a fixed period to pay premiums, though monthly payments are higher.
As with all insurance, if you don’t answer questions truthfully when you apply, this might invalidate your cover.
If you die within the first year after taking out your policy, the full cash lump sum is not payable unless you die as the result of an accident. Instead, Sun Life will refund the premiums paid to date.
Sun Life’s definition of accidents excludes death caused directly or indirectly through:
Claims can be made by phone (0800 008 6060) or in writing (Sun Life, PO Box 1395, Peterborough, PE2 2TR).
The person making the claim will need the policy details, the original death certificate, and details of the bank account where the cash sum is to be paid.
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