Term Assurance, often referred to as life insurance, is designed to provide cash either by lump sum or regular payments in the event of death during a specified period of time.
Term Assurance policies have no surrender value at any time. If no claim is made the policy will cease at the end of the term without value. The cost of this type of life insurance is lower than 'whole of life' policies for a given amount of cover. Term Assurance will normally be for a set term, for example at the end of which it may be that the family will be self-sufficient and not reliant on the person originally insured.
There are essentially 3 types of life insurance for mortgages.
Level Term Assurance
This is where the amount of life insurance, or sum assured, remains level throughout the term of the policy. If you are taking out life insurance to protect your loved ones in the event of your death you may consider level term assurance to ensure that the level of protection remains constant. You will also need level term assurance if you have taken out an interest-only mortgage.
Decreasing Term Assurance
This type of life insurance is specifically designed to protect a capital repayment mortgage in the event of death and is often known as mortgage protection insurance.