Insurance

How to Deal With an Uninsured Motorist After an Accident

You’re driving to the grocery store and stopped at a red light. Just as the light turns green, you put your foot on the gas pedal and — WHAM! — you get rear-ended by another automobile. You’re startled, but not obviously injured. Time to quickly survey the scene. Groceries will have to wait. Uh-oh. The other driver doesn’t seem to be carrying auto insurance. Things just got more complicated. What do you do now? Here are a few key tips to help you deal with an accident where the other driver is uninsured. Call the Police Most states require a…

Insurance Protection for College Students

Term life insurance likely isn’t on the radar for college students. They are focused on hanging out with friends, finding an internship and keeping up with social media. After all, they’re young and healthy and any vague thought about an untimely death is scary business and best avoided. Financial experts, on the other hand, advise that term life insurance for college students is extremely important to at least these categories: Students whose parents have co-signed a student loan. Students with a family or financial obligations like a mortgage or other debt. Students with dependent families. The High Cost of Education Consider,…

Insurance in the Sharing Economy

Sharing may be caring, but now it is also a booming economy. The sharing economy—otherwise known as collaborative consumption or the peer economy—is disrupting everything from transportation and lodging to errands and the exchange of goods. One of the latest areas to feel this disruption is the insurance industry with the peer-to-peer (P2P) insurance. What Is Peer-to-Peer Insurance? Insurtech, a fusion of new insurance models and technology, is the broader umbrella peer-to-peer insurance is sheltered under. Based on the success of fintech, insurtech looks to disrupt the conventional insurance industry in a host of ways. A handful of startup companies…

3 Reasons Why Location Influences Home Insurance Rates

Location. Location. Location. We’ve all heard this common phrase in real estate and understand it can affect the market price of homes. What many don’t know is location also impacts home insurance rates. When determining your homeowners’ insurance rate, insurance companies take many factors into consideration. Each insurer has its own underwriting criteria and factors that influence rates. While some criteria are standard, some vary from one company to the next. For example, one insurer may prefer new construction. Another may choose not to insure homes built using certain materials, such as log homes. The insurer is assessing risk. Each…

3 Steps to Handling a Fender Bender

What do you after getting into a fender bender? Assuming nobody is seriously hurt and you don’t have to call immediately for help, you have some work ahead of you—dealing with the other motorist, informing the authorities and working with your insurance company. Document the Crash While you’re still at the scene, safety is top priority. If possible, motion for the other driver to pull over, so both of you are out of harm’s way. If your vehicle is not drivable, it might be best to stay in it until help arrives. In that case, call 911 for police help.…

Questions to Ask When Considering Life Insurance

People often get nervous about shopping for life insurance because it seems complicated. That’s understandable. Sometimes it seems filing taxes may be easier than figuring insurance costs and policy plans. The good news is that there are a lot of sources for helpful tips out there to get you through the process, so do your research. Here are some essential questions you’ll need to consider: Do I Need a Life Insurance Policy? To start, ask yourself a couple questions. 1) Any chance that you’re going to die someday? 2) If you answered yes, are you single with no debts and no…

De-Mystifying Medicare Supplement Insurance

Paying bills may not be the first thing that people think of when they hear the word retirement, but it’s a reality that retirees, like anyone else, face. With October 15 marking the start of the annual enrollment period for Medicare, now is the perfect time to prepare. Whether you are enrolling for the first time, making changes to your existing coverage or keeping things the same, these tips will help you plan ahead and avoid surprises. Know Your ABCs (and D) Before you can determine what you need, it is important to understand what is offered. Part A (Hospital…

Planning Ahead to Make Your Retirement Years Golden

What will your golden years look like? For many people, visions of cruises, beaches, golf courses and grandchildren fill their minds. People are much less likely to imagine the kind of long-term care that is necessary for many aging adults. While it may not be the blissful daydream of our imaginations, preparing for the possibility of long-term care is an important way to make the most of the golden years. Who Needs It Much like wills and life insurance, long-term care isn’t something that people enjoy thinking about. However, whether it is a parent, a spouse, a loved one, or…

College and Insurance: Insurance Entrance Exam for Kids on College Campuses

If you have a child living away at college, you’ve probably been through an extensive checklist in getting him or her prepared and moved to campus for the fall semester. Amid the flurry of planning and packing, have you thought about college and insurance? Although still your dependent, your child living away from home may have additional insurance needs to protect their belongings and their well-being. Consider these areas: Auto Insurance Fewer than half of college students have cars on campus, so if your child doesn’t have wheels, let your carrier know. Your student may be eligible for a “distant…

Take Steps Today to Ensure Your Life Insurance Pays Off

If you have a life insurance policy, you have already taken the first positive step toward protecting your loved ones’ financial futures. September is Life Insurance Awareness Month and the ideal time to take the next steps to ensure that you not only have adequate coverage but that your good intentions will be carried out too. Here are key points you need to know about how to manage life insurance policies and about how insurance is paid out: Check Your Records and Update as Needed Maybe you took out the policy many years ago, during which time your beneficiaries have…

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