Archive for April, 2011

Does Volunteering Your Time Mean Volunteering Your Insurance?

Posted by: Charles Hagerty

Millions of Americans donate time—their most valuable asset—to serve as a volunteer board member on non-profits, booster clubs, churches, PTAs and civic organizations, just to name a few. The decisions these folks make can have a dramatic impact on their respective organization—and not always for the better. If a volunteer endeavor goes bad, would a volunteer board member have coverage against a lawsuit under his or her homeowner’s policy?

Homeowners’ Insurance

The last thing volunteers want to consider is what would happen ...

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Safety Makes Your Summer Party Memorable—In the Right Way

Posted by: Charles Hagerty

The entertainment value in a summertime get-together can be in the camaraderie and storytelling. But don’t let your next backyard barbecue turn into a tale of woe, to be retold years from now.

One party hostess recalled a disastrous event that involved hot oil, alcohol, a paper tablecloth and fireworks:

“The oil to fry the turkey was too hot and too full (yes, we fry our turkeys in Texas). Maybe it had to do with the over-served [read: one too many alcoholic ...

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When You Travel, Do You Need Special Insurance?

Posted by: Charles Hagerty

Recent months have brought travel risks to the forefront of consumers’ minds: the economic downturn, safety risks overseas due to political unrest, and a potential new strain of influenza that has emerged from Mexico.

There are two broad types of travel-related coverage for those leaving the United States:

  • Travel insurance covers the loss of the prepaid travel costs of a trip should it be canceled, interrupted, or postponed. It also can reimburse unexpected expenses incurred due to a sudden change ...

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