Thursday, January 1, 2009

WINTER 2009

Consider Four Key Areas When Buying Homeowners Insurance

You buy homeowners insurance to protect your biggest asset, so it’s important to purchase enough coverage to suit your needs. By looking at a few key factors, you could end up saving yourself a lot of money and heartache should you ever have to make a major homeowners insurance claim. Be smart and ask yourself the following four questions when considering how much coverage to purchase.
  1. How much will it cost to rebuild?
  2. How much will it cost to replace my personal possessions?
  3. Will I have any additional living expenses as a result of an insured disaster that damages my home?
  4. How much coverage do I have in the event I am named in a lawsuit for bodily injury or property damage caused to others?




Four Reasons You Might Want to Get Under an Umbrella

Umbrella policies provide additional insurance that takes over when a claim uses up all of the homeowners or auto insurance. They can even cover some losses that home and auto insurance do not cover. They provide insurance amounts as low as $1,000,000 and may provide $5,000,000 or more. And they are not just for wealthy people. Here are four situations where umbrella policies are vital:

1. Auto Insurance
A driver loses control on icy pavement and strikes another car. The other driver suffers serious injuries tallying up to $900,000. The at-fault driver has an auto insurance policy that covers $250,000 for injuries to any one person. If he has an umbrella with a $1,000,000 limit, it will pay the remaining $650,000.

2.
Homeowners insurance
A homeowner has insurance that covers her liability for bodily injuries to others up to $300,000 per accident. Three neighbor children drown in her swimming pool. The neighbor’s estate sues her for $1,500,000. Her homeowner’s insurance will pay $300,000; but if she doesn’t have an umbrella, she is responsible for the remaining $1,200,000.

3.
Boats
A man has a boat insurance policy that covers his liability for injuries to others up to $300,000. He loans his boat to a friend for the weekend. His friend is wreckless and plows into another boat. The survivors and the estates of the deceased sue the driver and the boat owner. The court finds the owner liable for $1,000,000 of the judgment. His boat policy pays $300,000 but he is responsible for $700,000 because he didn’t have an umbrella policy.

4.
Personal injury
A woman loudly repeats a rumor she heard about her neighbor. The neighbor sues her for defamation of character and wins $500,000. The woman’s homeowners insurance does not cover defamation, but her $1,000,000 umbrella does. After she pays a $250 deductible, her umbrella pays the rest.


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