June 25, 2012

What does Full Coverage Mean when it comes to your Auto Insurance?


When it comes to giving clients advice on how to properly cover their vehicles, the first discussion point is this: if you got in your car, left the driveway, and got in an accident would you want your vehicle repaired? Most people say yes. This is always funny to me because usually that same person has told me two seconds earlier that they want the cheapest coverage available. It is always at this point where I transition into a little insurance education on the topic. The Three Layers of Coverage 1. Liability – aka “crash and burn” or “plpd.” In many states where insurance is … Continue reading

June 18, 2012

Is your home over or under-insured?


So I’m in Minnesota visiting with some friends and the insurance discussion comes up.  It usually does because my husband and I both work in the industry and our friends think we must have a lot of interesting table conversation.  Our friends live in a beautiful home – circa 1932, stucco on the outside, sprawling lawn and gardens, antique fixtures, lighting, and hardwood floors on the inside….you get the idea.  And when you step outside, every home in their neighborhood looks more beautiful than the next. When the home was purchased three years ago, it was a foreclosure – therefore, … Continue reading

June 12, 2012

Medical Professional Liability – Hospital Risk or Clinic Risk


Recent years have brought about an interesting shift in Medical Professional Liability programs for health systems.  Now more than ever, health systems are employing physicians.   Whether it is to improve the coordination of care or private practices aligning closer with a system due to the threat of decreasing reimbursements, it appears the future will yield more employed physicians than ever before.   What does this mean for risk?  The following thoughts are meant to challenge your thinking to see how the risks of the past differ from those of the future There are two primary areas of risk a health system … Continue reading

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

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