Widgets Pty Ltd has 21 staff, where 5 are administration, 15 are in the manufacturing process and 1 (Mike) is in sales. Jim is the owner and looks after 30% of the existing customers and runs the manufacturing side of the business. However Mike looks after 70% of the existing customers and is responsible for bringing in all of the new business. Due to his unique blend of product knowledge and sales ability, the blow to the business would be devastating if Mike was suddenly unable to work.
Mike suffered a serious motor vehicle accident while driving to Baffle Creek to go fishing. He was airlifted to Brisbane where he would need to spend 6 months being treated and rehabilitated. The effect on the business was dramatic. New business dried up completely, reducing revenue by 40%. This meant that 40% of the manufacturing line had to be made redundant. The Bank noticed the drop in revenue had breached their profitability covenant and called the loan in. Jim was suddenly faced with potential bankruptcy. In addition, he wanted to help Mike’s family financially, but was just unable to, due to the business downturn.
If Jim had considered the Key Person risks in his business he could have put the following plan in place:
Sitting down and considering the risk to your business if one of your key employees couldn’t work, could mean the difference between your business surviving or going under. It could also make a huge difference to the family of your employees.
Thankfully Lachlan had received advice from Ulton to implement insurance 8 months prior to the diagnosis. He phoned us to let us know and we immediately prepared all of the claim forms. Lachlan’s insurance included the following:
Income Protection Insurance which would pay 75% of his income plus his 9% super contributions after a 4 week waiting period until he is able to go back to work. $170,000 Trauma lump sum payment. Hodgkinsons Lymphoma is an autimatic claim.
The Lump sum payment allowed them to do the following:
Having the insurance gave Lachlan peace of mind that the family would not be financially disrupted at a time when they were dealing with the realities of his cancer. It also meant that he could afford to get the best medical treatment and recover properly. He could concentrate on his recovery knowing that the family were financially taken care of.
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