Can I have more than one life insurance policy?

In short, yes, you can take out life cover more than once.

Life insurance can help give your loved ones financial stability in the event of your death. You might consider multiple life cover plans, but it’s important to think about what suits you and those important to you.

Read more about life insurance and how to decide on the right cover for your needs.

  • When you first took out your life insurance policy, it may have given enough cover for your needs at the time. You might have taken out a policy for a mortgage, for example. Things can change with time though.

    You may have taken out a further loan, to move to a bigger home or make some home improvements. Or maybe you’ve got a young family and want to make sure they continue to live comfortably if the unexpected happens.

    If you can't change your original policy, there is always the option of buying further cover to make sure you meet all your needs.

    If you’re able to make changes to your existing policy, it might be worth exploring that option and keeping everything in one place. You may also benefit from better terms – after all, your insurer already knows you.

    There’s no limit to how many policies you could have. It might be expensive to maintain premiums on policies you don’t fully need. It’s worth doing your homework to see how much cover you can afford so you can get the cover you need.


    Can couples have more than one life insurance?

    Yes, couples or business partners may also take out multiple joint life insurance policies. Each will pay out just once if a valid claim is made, either upon the death of one or both policy holders.

    Whether the claimant is your life or business partner, a payout may help to support them with any financial responsibilities they might have in the future.

  • While there’s no limit to how many life insurance policies you can have, there isn’t an ideal number either. Whether it’s a single or joint policy, the priority is getting the reassurance you need at a cost that works for you.

    You might choose to purchase different types of life insurance from several providers. Life insurance can become more expensive as you age, so consider comparing insurance plans before buying more cover.

    It may be worth speaking to your current insurer on whether you should change your existing policy or buy more cover with them. This might help you get better terms.

    Whatever you decide on, make sure you understand the policy’s terms, conditions, and costs before you buy.


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    Our life insurance is provided by Scottish Widows - who are also part of Lloyds Banking Group. They are our life insurance experts, helping to protect what matters most for over 200 years.

    To be eligible for life insurance with Scottish Widows, you must be a UK resident aged between 18 and 59. Cover can be provided up to the age of 69.

  • There are several reasons to consider extra cover, even if your existing policy has given you enough cover until now:

    • You may have taken on newer or larger financial commitments, which you’d like to protect.
    • There have been changes in your lifestyle, relationships, or health. Such as having a baby or getting divorced.
    • You want to avoid or reduce inheritance tax on large payouts. You could choose to put a policy ‘in trust’ so that it excludes it from your estate.
    • IIf you’re married or in a partnership, both partners could opt for separate cover, rather than having one policy for both people. (Known as joint life insurance). You can also select a mix of both, allowing each partner to customise their coverage to address their individual needs.


    Can I get more than one life insurance policy with Halifax?

    You can take out multiple life insurance policies with us, as long as the total cover amount is less than £500,000. You might also want to think about complementary types of insurance, such as critical illness cover.


    Can I get multiple life insurance policies with more than one provider?

    It can depend on the provider. Most insurance companies allow you to take out more than one policy, if you don’t exceed the maximum payout threshold. At Halifax, that’s up to £500,000.

    It’s worth remembering that life insurance has no cash in value at any time. If no claim is made during the term, the policy will end and you’ll get no money back. If you don’t pay your premiums on time, the policy will end and you’ll get no money back.

  • This depends on whether your current life insurance policy meets your needs. If so, you might not need to purchase another form of cover. If your circumstances change, or you simply want to support your loved ones if you unexpectedly pass away, extra life insurance could be an option.


    What to consider:

    • You could buy two different forms of life insurance. For example, you might select a level-term policy to provide a certain amount for your loved ones if you weren’t there anymore. But you might also take out a decreasing term policy to cover your household mortgage repayments.
    • If you can’t change your existing policy, and still need extra cover, a further policy could be a practical choice.
    • You might consider taking out multiple policies from different insurers if you need a total amount of cover that exceeds one insurer’s maximum payout threshold.
    • You can also select to put one or more policies in trust. That means your loved ones may pay less inheritance tax on your estate, or even no tax at all.


    Possible drawbacks:

    • More cover means higher total premium costs.
    • If you have more than one policy, it could be harder to keep track and manage them all.
    • Based on several factors, including your age and health, the cost and terms of your additional policy might not be as favourable.

    If your current policy is flexible, it could be preferable to make some changes to your cover. Just make sure you explore all available options before you decide on an additional life insurance policy.


    Can you claim on two life insurance policies?

    If you have more than one life insurance policy, yes. Your beneficiaries will be able to make claims against any active life insurance policies if you pass away. It’s important to remember that a maximum payout threshold may be in place if you have multiple policies with the same insurer.

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