Key Person Life Insurance | Keyman Insurance

Think about your "key" people and what they mean to your business.  If you lost them to disability, or worse death, how long would it take you to replace them?  How much would it cost you and how can Key Person Insurance help.

Will Your Company Benefit From Key Person Coverage

According to, Key man insurance is simply life insurance on the key person in a business. In a small business, this is usually the owner, the founders or perhaps a key employee or two. These are the people who are crucial to a business--the ones whose absence would sink the company.

Key person insurance is often called key man insurance or keyman coverage. It is a policy taken out by a business to allow compensation for financial losses resulting from the incapacity or death of an important employee. Although there is no legal definition for it, key person insurance is an important type of business coverage. Another purpose of this coverage is to contribute to the continuity of the company. A policy's term does not exceed the point of the key individual's usefulness

Key man insurance or key person insurance protects the business by insuring the life of a key employee.  Such employees are crucial to the business and without them, the business would be at risk.

Although this coverage does not indemnify actual losses, it does provide a fixed sum. The exact sum is specified in the policy's verbiage.

Employers may obtain key person coverage for the health or life of a worker contributing special skills, knowledge or other contributions. To be considered for such coverage, a worker's contribution to the company must be uniquely valuable or consume a considerable portion of the company's worth. Employers obtain this coverage to offset the costs associated with losing the employee. Expenses such as hiring successors, decreases in business and training temporary workers are all important considerations for employers.

Who Qualifies As A Key Person

Anyone who is directly associated with the business may be considered a key person. In addition to this, individuals whose loss could result in serious financial strain usually qualify. For example, company directors, key salespersons, partners, key project managers or other valuable individuals with unique skills normally qualify.

 How Do you Define your Key People

  • High Salary - high value on this employee
  • Decision maker - control over business direction
  • Center of Influence/relationships with clients/vendors
  • Vital position - technology, sales, product development
  • Special talent, education, or experience

Loss Categories For Key Person Insurance

For key person insurance compensation, there are four separate categories:

- Insurance for protection of partnership interests and shareholders. As a rule, this type of coverage enables partnership interests or shareholdings that current partners or shareholders will buy.

- Losses connected to the period when the key person cannot work, when temporary personnel must be provided and when it is necessary to pay for training and recruiting an adequate replacement.

- Insurance for any parties involved in guaranteeing banking facilities or business loans. The value of the guarantee equals the value of the insurance coverage.

- Insurance for profit protection. Some examples include offsetting lost income from cancellation of a business project the key person was involved in, lost sales or losses from delays. There are also several other types of losses.

The treatment of funds received and tax rules for premiums paid for key person coverage vary. In the United States, premiums are not tax deductible.

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