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

Why Do I Need Life Insurance?

Posted by Deb May on Jan 6, 2017 10:22:00 AM

You've heard ads on TV telling  you that you need life insurance; that you can get it for less than a dollar a day.  And you think to yourself, "Why do I need life insurance?  I'm young.  I have a $10,000 term-life policy at work that will pay funeral expenses."

I asked three customers with different backgrounds why they purchased life insurance.  Listen to what they have to say and you might find your answer.

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Topics: Life insurance

3 Reasons to Schedule Valuable Items on Your Homeowner's Insurance

Posted by Deb May on Dec 16, 2016 12:31:50 PM

Over the years we all tend to fill our homes with stuff.  Most of it is the normal, everyday trappings that fill our lives.  But some of it is valuable - like your engagement ring, or your grandmother's pearls that you inherited, or the coin collection you've had since you were 10 years old.

With a typical renter's or homeowner's insurance policy, your personal property (furniture, clothing, jewelry, money, electronics, etc.) is covered under Coverage C while it is anywhere in the world.  That sounds great, but as with most things, there are limits.  For example, loss to personal property may be only covered if the loss is caused by certain perils.  And if it is covered, there may be limits such as $1,000 for jewelry, $200 for money and coins, $1,000 for watercraft or $2,000 for firearms.  Here are 3 reasons why it makes sense to schedule your valuable items:

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Topics: renters insurance, home insurance

Perils of Pauline and Other Homeowner Insurance Policy Holders

Posted by Deb May on Sep 28, 2016 11:18:00 AM

Our heroine, Pauline, is always in a fix.  This time Pauline’s great, great grandfather’s violin is ruined by water damage so she files a claim.

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Topics: home insurance, personal property coverage

Don't Ignore the Details on Your Massachusetts Auto Insurance Application

Posted by Deb May on Sep 23, 2016 11:08:00 AM

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Topics: MA auto insurance, Massachusetts auto insurance application

The Basics of Long-Term Care Insurance

Posted by Mario Pizzeri on Aug 18, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Long-term care insurance in the United States is gaining traction and becoming more popular as the life expectancy in the US is the highest it has ever been. This form of insurance provides a wide variety of services. Such services range from home care and adult day care to residential care in assisted living or nursing home facilities. With that said, long-term care is generally defined as hands-on assistance provided for an extended period of time to people (of any age, though older people are the primary users) who can't take care of themselves due to a disability, illness or a form of impairment such as Alzheimer's disease. In order to receive long-term care insurance, your physician must deem you no longer able to perform daily activities in your life. These daily activities can include eating and getting dressed.

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Topics: Long Term Care Insurance

The Importance of Life Insurance

Posted by Mario Pizzeri on Aug 1, 2016 12:14:35 PM

"If a child, a spouse, a life partner, or a parent depends on you and your income, you need life insurance." - Suze Orman

The Basics:

When it comes to life insurance, many individuals become evasive due to the complexity of the numerous policies offered. While it can be very confusing at times, life insurance can be one of the most important insurance policies to own. With a better understanding of life insurance, individuals find that it can offer a great sense of security in the event of a sudden accident. 

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Topics: Life insurance

Insuring Your Off-Road Vehicles

Posted by Mario Pizzeri on Jun 23, 2016 11:30:00 AM

Off-road vehicles provide individuals with adrenaline, convenience and an opportunity to explore areas that may not be possible with a standard car or truck. These off-roading machines range in both usage and size. Golf carts, snowmobiles, dirt bikes and ATVs are just some of the vehicles that off-road insurance covers. Although these machines vary in performance and other aspects, the need to protect them from theft, damage and other factors stands firm.

With insurance, your ORV is protected against collisions and other aspects such as any safety gear that you may have been wearing at the time of an accident. If your off-roading vehicle is damaged due to weather or another form of accident, having insurance on it will save you thousands! Insurance typically has the option to cover the following:

  • Bodily Injury Liability - If you have an accident & another individual ends up injured, you may find yourself held accountable for their medical charges - this could be any sort of medical bill. Bodily injury coverage provides coverage for the injured individual's medical expenses.
  • Property Damage Liability - If you damage someone else's property, whether it be a car or home, this insurance will cover the costs of repairs to the structure of the property. If you have one of these damaging accidents, you could be facing thousands of dollars in repair. Property damage liability coverage can help protect you financially from these accidents.
  • Collision Coverage - Picture yourself driving along in your ORV, suddenly you hit a car or some sort of object and damage your vehicle. Repairing the damages to your ORV can be extremely expensive. Collision coverage helps cover the repairs to your vehicle. 
  • Comprehensive Coverage - What happens if a tree were to fall on your dirt bike while you're out on a camping trip? Or, what if your dirt bike gets stolen? Don't forget about weather damage too! With comprehensive coverage, your off-road vehicle is protected in events ranging from natural disasters to theft.

Want to save even more on your off-road vehicle insurance? Here are a few ways to save money on ORV insurance! 

  • Bundling policies with existing coverage
  • Safety course discounts
  • Multi-unit discounts 


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Topics: Off-Road Vehcile Insurance

Got teeth? Must Know's About Dental Insurance

Posted by John Pietro on Jun 16, 2016 9:22:13 AM


So you’re looking into buying some dental coverage for your new business. Not so hard, you think, it’s pretty much the same as any medical coverage, I’ll just get a decently priced plan and I’m sure that will be fine. Not so fast. Dental insurance (any medical coverage in general) is a bit like hiring a contractor. Each plan is a bit different and finicky in its own way. Some may take forever to do a job, but when its finished everything is fantastic. Others get right to the point and are okay, but charge through the nose for speed. Of course, there is always that one contractor that’s slow and the project turns out terrible—and nobody likes that guy. Dental plans have all of these aspects you have to consider, before agreeing to coverage for your business. Not only cost, but also waiting periods, annual maximums, and more can have huge effects on what your plan means for your employees. Fear not though, nothing is ever as difficult as it may seem. You just need a referral. Your friend glen just had his kitchen redone and the contractor was great, so now you have a reliable person to hire. While Glen can’t refer you to his dental plans, In a similar way, if you examine what individual plans do, the good and the bad separate distinctly.

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Topics: health care, Small Business

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