Find the answers to the most commonly asked questions about our Over 50 Life Insurance
Help cover funeral costs, outstanding debts, or even leave behind a gift.
Find the answers to the most commonly asked questions about our Over 50 Life Insurance
British Seniors Over 50 Life Insurance is a guaranteed, whole of life policy. It’s designed to help protect your loved ones when you’re gone. Depending on your age, you could leave behind a lump sum up to £10,000. This could help with funeral expenses, or it could go towards other costs and debts that your family may need help with.
If you’re a UK resident aged 50 to 80 you’re eligible for British Seniors Over 50 Life Insurance. Acceptance is guaranteed – that means no medicals, blood tests, or long complicated forms. You can apply for a single policy or joint policy if you want to take out protection with your spouse, civil partner, or common-law partner.
Depending on your age you can choose a benefit amount between £1,000 and £10,000. We also offer a free Funeral Benefit Option1 that provides a £300 contribution towards your funeral expenses. The maximum benefit amount you can get at the start date is:
Simply choose a benefit amount with a monthly premium that you can afford now and in the future. If you’re a UK resident aged 50 to 80, you’re guaranteed to be accepted – with no need for a medical or blood tests. Request your free quick quote online in minutes, or call our UK team of specialists on 0800 803 0052. We’re available Monday to Friday from 8am to 9pm, Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and Sunday from 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).
You’ve taken care of your family your entire life, it’s only natural to want to continue to protect them when you’re no longer around. Our Over 50 Life Insurance can help you do that. As the UK’s No.1 rated provider of Over 50s Life Insurance, we have the highest ratings of all Over 50s Life Insurance providers on Trustpilot, Google, and Reviews.io. You can see how we compare here.
We've helped over 200,000 people across the UK to protect what matters most to them since 2012. Our cover can be used to help your loved ones with funeral costs and other expenses that might come up when you’re gone. Or it could be a gift. Whatever it’s for, you can feel proud that you’re protecting your loved ones.
You should carefully consider the benefit amount you choose, as inflation could reduce the value of your cover over time. Depending on how long you live, you could pay in more than we pay out and if you stop your monthly payments your cover will cease, and you will get nothing back. Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.
To make a claim, follow our simple 3 step process:
Step 1: Get in touch
Step 2: Review
Depending on the type of policy you hold with us, we may be able to collect the claim information over the phone. The person making the claim can also get in contact via email, and we will send out a claim form to be completed and returned to us. They might be contacted if more information is needed.
Step 3: Payout
When the claim is accepted, we pay the benefit amount to the person legally entitled to it. We also refund any premiums paid after the death.
We've partnered with Golden Charter to offer you a free £300 contribution towards the cost of your funeral. Golden Charter appoint a funeral director in your local area to take care of your funeral arrangements. We’ll simplify your payment arrangements by paying your benefit amount directly to Golden Charter. If there is any excess benefit amount left once your funeral has been paid for, it will then be paid to your estate or next of kin. Please note that if you choose an unattended cremation, the £300 contribution will not apply1.
You can put your British Seniors Over 50 Life Insurance policy into trust after you take out the policy. We’ve put together a Flexible Trust Form and Guide to Trusts to help you. Please note that only single policies can be put into trust using our form. If you are thinking about putting your policy into trust you should seek independent legal advice. We are unable to give you any advice or recommendation on the suitability of trusts. Please note that if you put your policy into trust, the Funeral Benefit Option will be no longer available to you.
You can cancel your policy at any stage. If you cancel your policy within 30 days of purchasing it, any premiums paid will be refunded to you. If you cancel your policy after this 30 day period, you will not get anything back as the policy has no cash in value.
Due to inflation, the benefit amount you choose when taking out a policy could have its value reduce over time. We offer an Increasing Benefit Option to help protect your policy from inflation. This means that your benefit amount will increase each year by 3%. Your monthly premium will also increase by 4.5% each year.
British Seniors Over 50 Life Insurance provides a guaranteed lump sum payout when you die, as long as you up keep up with your premium payments. So once the claim is accepted, we will pay the benefit amount to the person legally entitled to it. Please note, If you were to pass away during the first 12 months of the policy as a result of a non-accidental death, the benefit amount will not be paid. However, any premiums paid up until that point will be refunded.
No, it is up to your legal beneficiaries to decide what they want to do with the money. If there is something in particular you would like the payout to be used for, you should discuss this with your loved ones when you take out your policy.
When you pass away your debts generally become the responsibility of your estate. The executor of your estate will usually be responsible for dealing with your Will and estate after your death and they may use your assets to pay off any debts. Assets are any property you might own, life insurance policies, or other valuables that you leave behind. If you are unsure what will happen when you pass away or need further help, we suggest you seek legal advice.
No, there is no cash in value at any stage of your policy.
Acceptance is guaranteed for UK residents aged 50 to 80. You don’t need to provide a medical or blood tests to get cover. You will have immediate cover for accidental death. If you die as a result of an accident, you’ll get 2X your benefit amount paid out up to £20,000 depending on your age. That means if you choose £10,000 of cover and die in an accident, your family would receive £20,000. After 12 months, you will be covered for death by any cause. If you pass away in the first 12 months due to natural causes, we will refund all premiums paid.
For the first 12 months of your policy, you will only be covered for accidental death. After that, you will then also be covered for death by any cause. You must be a UK resident aged 50 to 80 to be eligible for cover.
Yes, you can. With a joint plan, there will be two policyholders under one cover. When you choose a joint policy with British Seniors, there will be two payouts. One when the first person dies, and one when the remaining policyholder dies.
You can have more than one policy with British Seniors. If you do choose to have more than one policy with us, it’s important to note that together both policies must not exceed the maximum benefit amount for your age. Read our full terms and conditions for more information.
Yes, our Over 50 Life Insurance is a flexible policy. That means you can apply to make changes to your policy at any time, at no extra cost to you.
British Seniors Over 50 Life Insurance is a whole of life policy. Which means it will last for your whole life and when you die, your loved ones are guaranteed a payout. From the policy anniversary after your 95th birthday, you no longer have to pay premiums but your cover will continue.
For the first 12 months of your policy, you are only covered for accidental death. In the case that you pass away from accidental death, your loved ones will receive 2x your chosen benefit amount. If you pass away as a result of non-accidental death in the first year your family will receive all the premiums you have paid up until that point.
Yes, British Seniors Over 50 Life Insurance is a guaranteed acceptance policy. That means we won’t ask you to complete a medical or blood tests. If you’re a UK resident aged 50 to 80, you’re eligible for cover and your application is guaranteed to be accepted.
If you have an existing policy with British Seniors and were to die as a result of Coronavirus you would be covered. With a new policy, you must wait at least 12 months to be covered for death as a result of any cause other than an accident.
Yes, you can get Over 50 Life Insurance however your smoker status will directly impact the cost of your policy and may result in higher premiums.
Yes, with British Seniors you are covered worldwide, 24/7. However, the costs of repatriation of a body can be high. While an Over 50s Life Insurance plan could help towards the costs of a funeral, repatriation might exceed the payout amount of the plan. If you intend to travel abroad at any point it is important to consider travel insurance. This kind of insurance can help cover the costs of repatriation of your body. Once your body has been returned to the UK, the funeral can be planned.
No, as long as you continue to pay your premium, even if you were to become ill after buying an Over 50 Life Insurance policy, it would not affect your cover. With your policy you’re covered immediately for accidental death plus death by any cause after 12 months.
When you take out Over 50 Life Insurance with British Seniors, you’ll have access to a range of free Health and Wellbeing services2. Available to you, your partner, and any children you have up to the age of 21, our Health and Wellbeing services are designed to help keep the whole family healthy and happy. The services include 24/7 UK GP advice, expert nutritionist advice and mental health support.
Your age at the time of your application will decide how much your monthly premium costs. It will decide how much of a benefit amount that you can apply for. In general the older you are when you apply, the lower the benefit amount you can apply for. Here are the benefit amounts that you can take out depending on your age:
We’re here to help you protect the ones you care about most. Call our specialist UK team to explore your options and get your free quote.
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If you choose an unattended cremation, please note that the £300 contribution will not apply. An unattended cremation means any cremation where there is no funeral service, funeral procession (or other services such as family viewing, limousine(s), embalming or delivery of ashes). The cremation is arranged at a crematorium at a date and time chosen by the allocated funeral director and without anyone attending other than the funeral director’s staff.
Please note that the British Seniors Health and Wellbeing services do not form part of your life cover contract and can be changed or removed at any time.