Protecting Your Most Important Asset: Your Income
Author: Joe McGurn, August 11th, 2018
Have you ever wondered what would happen, should you suffer a long-term disability? It is a question that should not go unanswered, as even a short-term disability (one year or less) may result in the depletion of savings and retirement accounts. While Social Security may provide a 'safety net' should a worker suffer a long-term disability, it is typically difficult to qualify for benefits, and the benefits may be too low to maintain your current lifestyle.
While you probably have Worker's Compensation coverage at work (note that if you are self-employed you may apply for this coverage) most disabilities occur off of the job, which means that Worker's Compensation would not respond, should you become disabled by a non-work related accident or illness.
If you have no disability income insurance in force, then you should explore an individual disability policy. Disability Insurance can provide you with benefits that pay for up to 2 years, 5 years, 10 years, or to age 65 or 67. Obviously, the longer the benefit period, the more expensive the policy will be, but this can be offset in part by electing a longer waiting period before benefits "kick in".
If you do not know what would happen, should you become disabled, please take some time to determine what benefits you have at work, as well as any individual policies, should you become disabled. If the benefits are non-existent or too low, give us a call to discuss the options that may be available to you.
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