June 11, 2012

Teen Drivers and 4 Simple Ways to Monitor them


Teen drivers continue to be an important topic for our clients.  Lately, we’ve had many questions regarding different ways for parents to protect their teen drivers once they’re on their own.  Letting go is the hardest part, so here are four ways you can make that easier. There’s an app for that In the era of the smartphone, there is an interesting spin on this.  How about an app to help protect your teen driver?   There are many options out there including Protector which is an in-car tracking system that does some cool things like impair your child’s smartphone once the … Continue reading

June 4, 2012

Basic Definitions for Life Insurance


To continue in my explanation of life insurance concepts, I am defining the difference between the two most basic types of life insurance you can purchase – temporary and permanent.  This is one of the most common questions I am asked.   Temporary Insurance – only lasts for the period of time you select.  When that period of time is up, it goes away.  Many companies offer a way to convert this into another product before it expires.  Typically this type of product does not have any cash value buildup.  An example of temporary insurance is Term Life Insurance, with … Continue reading

May 29, 2012

Ten reasons to purchase life insurance


One of the most difficult discussions to have with a client is one about their life insurance program. Many people call in thinking they know what they want and some people don’t have a clue where to start.  The next series of blogs will focus on life insurance, some of the common types and the reasons to purchase.  Here are ten of the most common reasons people purchase life insurance.  Buying a Home College Expenses Family Living Expenses Business Loan Coverage Key Person Insurance Buy/Sell Arrangements Child Care Expenses Charitable Giving Final Expenses Estate Planning If you see yourself in … Continue reading

May 29, 2012

3 things to consider when starting a private medical practice


I want to start my own practice, what do I need to know about insurance?   Whether you are directly out your residency or breaking off from a hospital|private practice; the following will outline the insurance needs of a private practice into three simple categories [Personal Insurance, Business Insurance and Employee Benefits]. Personal Insurance: In college, I had a finance professor teach the concept of “pay yourself first.”  In order to run an effective practice, first make sure your personal house is in order. Life Insurance Disability Insurance Property + Liability Homeowners Policy Personal Auto Policy Umbrella Policy Business Insurance: Properly … Continue reading

May 22, 2012

Should I Start a Captive Insurance Program?


Is my company taking on too much, too little or just the right amount of risk in my insurance program? Investigating a Captive is on my 2012 strategic initiative list? Is my company large enough to start or join a captive? What are the benefits of doing so? Ultimately what all of these questions come down to is “How do I take on more risk?”  Before we discuss how you take on more risk, we need to understand where you are currently at today.  Picture a straight line with multiple points on it.  The far left side of the line … Continue reading

May 21, 2012

Three Reasons Why Wedding Insurance Is A Good Idea


Like Vince Vaughn said in Wedding Crashers, “It’s wedding season!”  Whether you are entertaining a small group of family and friends or throwing your own version of the royal wedding – one thing the bridal mags forget to mention is the potential for accidents to happen.  If you are going to rent a hall, banquet room or other facility something you may not be thinking of is the risk of liability once all of your guests arrive.  Whether it is required by the facility or not, it is a good idea to obtain wedding insurance and here’s why: Unlike your … Continue reading

May 15, 2012

4 Ways To Pay Too Much Money For Medical Malpractice Coverage


How does a physician know if they are getting a good quote on their Medical Professional Liability (medical malpractice insurance)?  In a prior blog, I indicated a cheap price may lead to a below average policy the time of a claim.   This blog is not meant to get you the cheapest price for a medical malpractice policy in Michigan, but is designed to educate you on what questions to ask and how to better understand the pricing model. Not asking for all available credits – I once heard from an underwriter that most agents and policy holders do not ask … Continue reading

May 14, 2012

3 Myths About Finding a CHEAP Vehicle to Insure


There are many myths about what makes a vehicle cheap or expensive to insure.  Below are the three most common myths about finding a cheap vehicle to insure. MYTH 1:  The smaller the vehicle, the more cost effective to insure – totally untrue.  In order to understand this one, you have to spin it around and look at it from the insurance carriers mindset – if a small vehicle is in an accident, it will most likely suffer greater damage than a larger vehicle.  Chances are, the amount paid out on a claim would be greater thus making small compact … Continue reading

May 8, 2012

2011 Medical Malpractice Jury Verdicts – Shockingly large claims


Nationally Medical Professional Liability (medical malpractice) premiums have been flat, declining, or had substantial coverage endorsements added over the past decade.   What could bring this to an end and again cause premiums for physicians and hospitals to rise?  The conventional wisdom is one if not two critical indicators would have to change.  Critical indicator #1 is frequency or the number of medical malpractice suits filed.  Critical indicator #2 is Severity or size of losses. The 2011 year brought some interesting developments.  According to Hiscox (super losses in US healthcare on the rise), the frequency of catastrophic claims has increased.  For … Continue reading

May 7, 2012

How To Eliminate Blind-Spots In Your Vehicle


The Society of Automotive Engineers [SAE] published a paper in 1995 that suggested ways to eliminate blind-spots in your vehicle. However, many people have never heard of this of refuse to change the way that they are comfortable having their outside mirrors adjusted. If you are willing to be uncomfortable for a short amount of time, the change is worth it.  You will no longer have to wrench your neck to check your blind-spots. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS 1. INTERNAL REAR-VIEW MIRROR – Adjust your mirror so that you can see straight back behind your car. 2. LEFT SIDE MIRROR – … Continue reading

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