Friday, July 31, 2009

SUMMER 2009

Scheduled Personal Property
Case Study: Computer Insurance You Really Need

When something happens to your laptop, will your homeowner’s insurance help pay for a new one? If you have a standard policy form, maybe not. The standard policy covers personal property of all types for specific causes of loss. This includes things like fire, lightning, explosion, windstorm, and theft. It does not list the other common causes of computer loss. If someone steals a laptop from a dorm room, the policy will provide coverage. If the student drops it and cracks the screen, there is no coverage.

For a relatively small cost, homeowners, renters, and students can insure their important but delicate belongings against thefts and accidents.

The same is true for other high-priced personal property. The relatively small cost of Scheduled Personal Property coverage for your jewelry, antiques, collections, fine art, and so on is well worth the peace of mind. Call us to see if you can benefit from adding this coverage for your valuable belongings.



Insuring Your Student Away at College

Sending a child off to college is always an exciting and anxious time for parents. They worry about their child’s safety, roommates, and independent living. Between making sure that textbooks and supplies have been purchased, tuition bills paid, and course registrations completed, it’s natural that parents won’t think about insurance considerations. Here are a few items to think about:

1. Your student's age and status
A homeowner’s insurance policy may not cover a part-time student or one over a certain age. For example, policies often state that a person has coverage if he or she is a full-time student and was a resident of the policyholder’s household before moving out to attend school. They also limit coverage to students unless they are either under the age of 24 and related to the policyholder or in the policyholder’s care and under the age of 21.

2. Driving at school
If the student brings a car to college and the parents’ auto insurance policy lists it, the student will have coverage for its use. If students buy their own policy, make sure liability coverage is purchased in an amount at least equal to what the parents have. Purchasing only the minimum limits required by state law could mean owing a large amount out of pocket if an accident occurs. Coverage is typically in place on the parent’s policy if a student occasionally borrows someone else’s car.

3. Personal belongings
A typical policy covers the student’s belongings while at college, but limits coverage to 10% of the insurance amount covering the parents’ personal property. For example, if the policy shows a limit of $100,000 for coverage of personal property, it will cover the student’s property up to a maximum of $10,000. If this amount of insurance is too low, you’ll want to consider higher limits.

4. Laptop
Many colleges require students to own a laptop computer. As mentioned previously, make sure to schedule your student’s laptop to cover against dropping the computer, spilling a beverage on it, or incurring damage to its circuitry from a power surge.

5. Liability
The homeowner’s policy will typically cover students’ liability for any injuries or damages they may cause to others while at school.


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