Partnership protection guards your clients’ businesses against losing control of the partnership in the event of a partner being diagnosed with a critical illness, terminal illness or if they die. A life or critical illness policy will provide funds to buy the interest in the partnership from the affected partner or their estate.
Partnerships and limited liability partnerships
There are two types - traditional partnerships and limited liability partnerships (LLP). A LLP will continue following the death of a member but profits will be paid to the deceased’s estate. If there is no Partnership Agreement for a traditional partnership, it will dissolve on death and the deceased partner’s estate and beneficiaries will be entitled to their share of the business.
Why it's needed
If a business partner dies or wants to leave when they are diagnosed with a critical or terminal illness, the remaining partners may want to buy their interest in the business and keep control. But only a few will have the financial resources to do so.
Taking out partnership protection insurance gives surviving partners the financial support they need, helping them keep the business running and retain control in difficult times.
Setting up Partnership Protection Insurance
In a standard partnership, each partner takes out a life or life and critical illness policy and writes it into trust for the benefit of the other partner(s). We have a specimen trust document – please check with your client’s legal advisers on the suitability of this document for their circumstances.
If there are just two partners, they can each set up a personal life of another policy.
The individual partners pay the premiums - you can adjust these to reflect each partner’s share in the business.
Although the partnership may have a name and a bank account, the business cannot own property or insurance policies in its own name. In the case of a LLP, which is recognised as a legal entity, the business (rather than individual partners) can own the policy. See our Business Protection Adviser guide for more information.
If you think partnership protection could be the right cover for a client, you can find out more information in our straightforward guide and supporting literature.
From on-demand consultations with UK based GPs to second medical opinions from Best Doctors®, our Smart Health service is a convenient way to connect your clients to tools that help them manage their health and wellbeing. It’s available 24/7, 365 days a year, anywhere in the world and can also be used by their partners and children up to age 21, all at no additional cost.
Smart Health is a non-contractual benefit that could be changed or withdrawn in the future.
Literature and support materials
Business Protection Adviser Guide
This Business Protection guide helps to support and streamline your advice process.
Reasons why - Business Protection
A handy guide to provide an example of what a ‘reasons why’ letter could look like.
Term Assurance for Business - Cover Details
Read our Cover Details for an explanation of how AIG's Business Protection cover with Term Assurance works.
Critical Illness for Business - Cover Details
Read our Cover Details for an explanation of how AIG's Business Protection - Critical Illness with Term Assurance product, works.
Business Protection - Quick reference guide
This document is a snapshot of our Business Protection offering, containing an overview of the types of cover on offer, how to determine a cover amount, features and benefits and those all-important tax considerations.