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The Risks of Being Rich: Insurance Coverage Considerations for High-Net-Worth Families

By Sarah Carlson, CFP®, CLU®, ChFC®

Financial affluence often comes with various benefits and challenges, including the requirement for suitable insurance coverage. High-net-worth (HNW) families typically have a more complex risk profile than the average household, requiring a need for insurance to help preserve their wealth. HNW families tend to have various assets, each with its risk factors. These assets can range from luxury homes in different locations to yachts, private jets, fine art collections, jewelry, and vintage cars. 

A unique family requires unique insurance. 

HNW families may need additional coverage for increased liabilities and potential legal issues. Such realities make their insurance coverage requirements unique compared to most individuals' insurance policies. Standard insurance products may not effectively address the elevated risk exposures.

Homeowners and auto insurance considerations 

Conventional homeowners or auto insurance policies may fail to provide the appropriate level of coverage due to policy limits that do not match the value of the assets. For instance, a standard homeowner's policy could limit certain valuables like art pieces or jewelry and, therefore, not fully cover these items in case of loss. Similarly, conventional auto insurance might need more coverage for high-end exotic vehicles.

Personal liability coverage

Another factor to consider is the global lifestyle often led by wealthy families. Assets and family members spread across multiple locations worldwide introduce an additional layer of risk that must be added to the coverage equation. More is needed to cover property and assets; personal liability coverage should also extend to account for incidents that may occur in diverse jurisdictions.

Customized insurance solutions

To mitigate these issues, HNW families need to consider tailored insurance coverage designed to address their unique needs. For example, an insurance plan that covers the singular risks associated with luxury properties, high-value possessions, and extensive international travel. Customization can also accommodate higher liability coverage limits to protect against potential lawsuits or claims.

Rely on professionals

Financial and insurance professionals with experience and expertise working with HNW clients can be helpful. They can help affluent families work toward establishing their coverage while maintaining cost-effectiveness. These professionals are also well-versed in the ever-evolving risk landscape, which is critical given the increasing cybersecurity threats targeting wealthy individuals and families.

HNW families must revisit and adjust their insurance coverage periodically. As a family's wealth evolves, so too does its risk exposure. Regular policy reviews and updates help ensure that the coverage remains relevant and adequate despite any changes in family circumstances.

In conclusion, while considerable wealth can offer an independent lifestyle, it also introduces additional risks that require careful management. HNW Families need professional assistance to mitigate the risks associated with their affluence and safeguard their financial confidence.


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Important Disclosures:
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. 
 All information is believed to be from reliable sources; however, LPL Financial makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy.
This article was prepared by Fresh Finance.
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