10 Steps To Build A Solid Estate Plan

Every adult should have an estate plan. Although the process may sound daunting, it is easier to approach it as several small tasks. The solution is to use a step-by-step method, and these ten steps are essential for a solid plan.


Top Water Loss Claims and Damages for Homeowners

The two main types of plumbing system failures involve frozen pipes and supply system material failures. In a study, frozen pipes that eventually broke made up nearly 20 percent of plumbing system insurance claims. The study also showed that failure of the pipe system materials was a factor in two out of every three plumbing system claims.


Three Cases Demonstrate Why Your Business Needs to Protect Against Employee Lawsuits

Many business owners sincerely try to treat their employees with respect and dignity. They expect employee lawsuits for poor treatment to happen to other businesses, not to them. Unfortunately, that is not always the case. Any business can find itself on the receiving end of an employment practices lawsuit.


Controlling the Risks of Business Vehicles

Many small businesses use cars and trucks to get the job done.

These can be sedans driven by insurance agents drive to meet clients, delivery vans used by distributors, contractors' dump trucks, tractor-trailers hauling goods across the country, or uber drivers taking passengers across the city.


Understanding What Insurance Protection You Need

Seeing your business swept away by floodwaters or burned to the ground by a wildfire would be devastating. Having the right insurance coverage based on your specific risks and business needs can make the difference between getting back in business in a few days, versus weeks, months, or possibly never. But many small businesses discover they aren’t adequately insured only after they’ve suffered a loss.


Why Business Owners Need Terrorism Insurance

Terrorists attack a power plant that supplies electricity to a data center. The center houses numerous servers hosting hundreds of Web sites. A small business's site goes down, shutting off 80 percent of its revenue flow.


Act Quickly to Minimize Damage from Identity Theft

Identity thieves steal in countless ways from their victims. Victims may discover that identity thieves have made charges on or withdrawals from their accounts, opened new credit cards or taken out loans in their names, or even filed for bankruptcy using the stolen identity. Victims may find that their social security number has been used on a thief's job application, or that their name was given to police during an arrest. Identity theft victims will spend money and time-probably large amounts of each-in uncovering the extent of the damage and in repairing it, in order to restore their good name.


Commercial Auto Insurance Downtime Doesn’t need to Equate to Loss of Earnings

Our Downtime Loss and Rental Reimbursement & Towing Coverage endorsement offers unique features that best meet the needs of customers who rely on their trucks to generate an income. It provides up to $100 per day, subject to a 7-day waiting period and a maximum of $3,000 per loss, for either:


Keeping Your Identity Safe from Internet and Telephone Scams

What would you say the fastest growing crime in the United States is today? If identity theft came to mind, then you're exactly right. Statistics by the Federal Trade Commission show that over 20% of all identity theft cases involve the internet and telecommunications. While you might think identify theft scams are easy to spot and avoid, the criminals behind such scams devote themselves to putting together emails, phone calls, and websites that appear enticingly legitimate.


10 Questions for Assessing Insurance Needs and Changes

When life circumstances change, insurance needs change with them. This is why agents across the country encourage Americans to review their insurance policies every year to update coverage for such changes. These are 10 important questions to consider when updating coverage.

Did marital status change? When a person gets married, it is important to add a spouse to home and auto policies. Merging two established households means adding more valuables, and these should also be properly insured. If there are a lot of new expensive valuables, they may need separate coverage. Married couples should also have adequate enough life insurance to compensate for the loss of a partner. When getting divorced, couples must update their home insurance policies to reflect who owns what and auto policies to reflect who drives each vehicle. Life insurance beneficiaries should be updated as well.

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