LV= has announced the launch of its new pre-underwriting tool, in partnership with UnderwriteMe, designed to improve the underwriting process for advisers.
The online tool, available through LV=’s Fastway quote and apply system, is designed to enable advisers to check instantly whether a specific illness or condition will result in standard rates, increase premiums, or lead to an exclusion being added to the policy.
The tool is available online, 24/7, which means advisers are able to submit business outside of regular working hours and receive instant decisions without having to call an underwriter. As well as an indication of the final underwriting outcome, it can also be used for multiple conditions and confirming any necessary medical evidence.
It can provide an outcome for the most common underwriting questions seen at LV=, including BMI; depression; blood pressure; family history of heart problems and diabetes.
Anna Rogers, head of protection underwriting at LV=, said: “We are constantly looking for ways to create an efficient and hassle-free experience for advisers. Our team already use this tool during the underwriting process and know the benefits it can provide, including time-savings and the ability to include multiple conditions.
“That is why we wanted to roll out the same tool for advisers to provide consistent results and enable them to offer an even smoother service to their clients. Advisers can access the tool through our quote and apply system, LV= Fastway.”
Emma Thomson, life office relationship director at LifeSearch, said: “This is fantastic news from LV=. This underwriting tool will enable advisers to access underwriting information much more easily and being available 24/7 will suit the increasing number of advisers who provide advice to their clients in the evenings and at weekends.”