Why Your Auto Dealership Needs Cyber Security and Cyber Insurance

Posted by Deb May on Sep 14, 2017 11:22:00 AM

We hear it all the time from auto dealership owners. "Why do I need Cyber Liability Insurance?" or "No one is going to hack into my dealership." Unfortunately, businesses of all types and sizes are compromised daily. And it's not just by hackers. Many of the security breaches that occur are due to employees, vendors or unprotected data on the dealership premises. Consider these examples: 

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Topics: Cyber Insurance

Things to Know about Insurance before Sending Your Child off to College

Posted by Deb May on Aug 14, 2017 11:58:01 AM

If you have a child entering college in the next few weeks, you are probably feeling a bit stressed. Does she have everything she's going to need for the dorm room - bedding, curtains, towels, mini-fridge, laptop and more? Will she like her roommate? Does she have enough clothes? Money? How much will the books cost? You've thought of everything. But have you thought of insurance?

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Topics: College student insurance, Sending your child to college

Do You Need Business Interruption Insurance?

Posted by Deb May on Aug 7, 2017 11:07:00 AM

I'm sure business owners on the Outer Banks of North Carolina could argue the need for business interruption coverage.  The extended power outage and mandatory evacuation of all tourists is impacting business owners.   A motel operator near Hatteras NC has had to refund all the motel's reservations, and has already lost tens of thousands of dollars.  When told the evacuation may last two weeks she said, "People make money in summer to live through the winter.  Two weeks would put us out of business."  The businesses on the Outer Banks may get coverage from the company that damaged the power lines, but will it be timely enough to keep them in business?

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Topics: business interruption insurance, business income coverage, business income insurance, business interruption coverage

Getting Married?  Wedding Insurance May Be Just What You Need

Posted by Deb May on Aug 1, 2017 11:53:00 AM


It's no surprise that weddings can be very expensive.  Yet few people consider purchasing wedding insurance.  According to The Wedding Report, the average price for a wedding in 2016 was $26,720.  You wouldn't think of spending $26,720 on a vehicle without buying insurance for it, but people regularly spend that and more on a wedding and worry about all the things that could go wrong.

You may have heard that dozens of Alfred Angelo Bridal stores closed with little or no warning, after the company filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy.  Many brides and bridesmaids are struggling to track down the dresses they've paid for or wondering if they'll ever get their money back.  Those that purchased wedding insurance will be able to replace their dresses.  Others won't be so lucky.

 

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Topics: Wedding insurance

Why Driver History Checks Are Important to Your Bottom Line

Posted by Deb May on Apr 27, 2017 12:10:28 PM


Negligent Entrustment

Your new service technician, Joe, jumps into a customer's car to take it for a test drive.  Unfortunately, you didn't know about his lead foot and propensity for distracted driving and causing accidents.  As Joe is checking his iphone for last night's game scores, he doesn't see the car in front of him stop for the red light.  The accident damages three vehicles and severely injures two people. Guess who will be held liable?   

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Topics: Negligent Entrustment

Renters Insurance - Why It's So Important

Posted by Deb May on Apr 25, 2017 11:37:00 AM

“We’ve lost everything! I don’t know what to do or where we’ll live.”  Our hearts go out to the victims of recent apartment fires in our area.  More than 50 people were displaced due to multi-family house fires in Athol, Fitchburg, Brockton and Taunton in the past month.   All the fires appear to have been started accidently such as by an electrical appliance in one of the apartments.  Even when the fire was put out before it spread to other units in the building, those other units were severely damaged by smoke and water.

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Topics: renters insurance

How Does Insurance Help Victims of Identity Theft?

Posted by Deb May on Mar 1, 2017 11:34:03 AM

Security experts say that anyone with an identity will have it stolen one day, adding identity theft to life’s sure things along with death and taxes. If insurance can take some of the financial stress and uncertainty away, that is a good thing.

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Topics: identity theft, Identity theft insurance

7 Ways to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Posted by Deb May on Feb 23, 2017 11:18:00 AM

According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, Massachusetts ranks 18th in the nation for instances of identity theft. New Hampshire and Rhode Island come in at 9th and 11th respectively. It seems we're being constantly bombarded with threats - at home on our computers or phones and while shopping at our favorite stores. You think you're being careful and know not to fall for the calls from the "IRS", but identity thieves are getting quite sophisticated. Here are seven key areas where the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) suggests you keep your guard up.

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Topics: disaster planning, identity theft

Should I Buy Umbrella Insurance?

Posted by Deb May on Jan 19, 2017 4:08:00 PM

Several years ago I wondered the same thing myself.  I didn't have a lot, but I did own my own home.  Was that enough of a reason?

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Topics: umbrella insurance

Is Umbrella Insurance for You?

Posted by Mario Pizzeri on Jan 18, 2017 5:36:56 PM

Whether you are a business owner, raising children or living on your own, you are always subject to liability claims. When someone is injured from personal or business activities, legal action can skyrocket your claims if you are found responsible. Luckily there is a policy that protects you from these potential claims, umbrella insurance. An individual may hesitate with acquiring umbrella insurance at first, thinking that it is unnecessary. However, once it is explained and understood, the policy seems like a no-brainer.

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Topics: umbrella insurance

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