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Coverage for Delivery Services

Jim Tice – June 22, 2020

Coronavirus, or COVID-19, has impacted our lives in many ways that may result in permanent change. Many people are still reluctant to recommence their pre-COVID-19 life, or have come to enjoy the convenience of the many delivery services that popped up while we all have had to stay at home. Thus, grocery and restaurant food […] Read More

Coverage for Electric Scooter Rentals

Jim Tice – June 15, 2020

Society changes faster than insurance policy language.  New things come along never imagined by those who wrote insurance policies, and therefore, sometimes those policies don’t provide coverage.  Such is the case with the motorized scooters that can be rented in Indianapolis, and many other cities. Anyone renting one of these scooters might look to either […] Read More

Claim Adjuster Misconceptions

Jim Tice – May 4, 2020

To most of us, the adjuster is the person that is making it difficult for us to collect what we believe our insurance company owes us. The person who is trying to inflate the company’s profit by not paying claims they should. I’ve been around the business for over fifty years, and I’ve met a […] Read More

The Risk of Stated Amount Coverage

Jim Tice – April 6, 2020

If your home is burglarized, what is the first thing the thief would look for? Unquestionably, it’s jewelry. People with extensive jewelry collections are at a higher risk for theft. Therefore, homeowners’ policies have a limit on how much coverage is provided under the basic policy. But people who want or need more coverage can […] Read More

Understanding Loss Control

Jim Tice – March 2, 2020

Insurance companies that insure businesses and nonprofits spend a good deal of money and time with loss control – the practice of trying to prevent future losses. Loss Control – The practice of trying to prevent future losses. The process usually begins with a representative visiting an insured and inspecting their property and procedures. Often […] Read More

Do I Need GAP Coverage?

Jim Tice – January 27, 2020

We have all seen the commercials. Just sign your name and drive away in a new car. Sometimes it’s on a lease, and sometimes it is financing with nothing down. Either way, although it’s a great way to obtain the car, it could present a big problem for the buyer. As we know, new cars […] Read More

What is Business Interruption Insurance?

Jim Tice – November 25, 2019

Did you know that many businesses that have a major fire never re-open? This is in spite of the fact that they had insurance on their building and contents? The reason being that they do not carry Business Interruption Insurance. The fact is that insuring the income stream of a successful business is just as […] Read More

Comparing Auto Insurance Policies

Jim Tice – October 21, 2019

Periodically, I like to call competing insurance companies and have them quote my personal insurance. This way, I can know if it really is possible to save 15% on my car insurance (I never do) and to see the quality of service and advice I receive. Last week I called into one of these companies […] Read More

Firearms Liability Insurance

Jim Tice – August 27, 2019

In the latest news out of California, Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose has proposed legislation that would require gun owners to carry firearms liability insurance. It is based, he says, on state laws that also require motorists to insure their cars. Because responsible gun owners might want to have insurance, it is useful to […] Read More

Am I Responsible for Injuries to Trespassers?

Jim Tice – August 6, 2019

It stands to reason that if you invite someone on your property, you would be responsible for their injuries if there is a condition that caused it. For instance, let’s say you didn’t clear the ice on the sidewalk. It also makes sense that you need to keep your property safe for someone that has […] Read More

Do You Need Employment Practices Liability Insurance?

Jim Tice – July 8, 2019

In 2016 there were 20,857 complaints about age discrimination in the workplace filed with the EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission). This number is expected to increase with the aging workforce in the United States. The #Metoo movement has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of sexual harassment claims in the workplace. Transgender discriminations […] Read More

Car Insurance Tips for Seniors

Jim Tice – June 17, 2019

According to the American Automobile Association, drivers in their 70’s have more collisions per mile than any age group. (except those under 25) In their late 70’s they have about the same rate of injury-involved accidents as drivers their early 20’s. The reasons are obvious. As we age, our reflexes slow, making it more difficult […] Read More

Motorcycle Safety Tips

Jim Tice – May 20, 2019

Few things provide as much pleasure as riding a motorcycle on a lightly traveled winding country road. Unfortunately, to get to these roads a motorcyclist usually needs to navigate heavily traveled city streets and interstate highways. While this is a lot less dangerous than many people think there is no doubt a motorcyclist is in […] Read More

Home Maintenance Tips

Jim Tice – April 29, 2019

Few things are as disrupting to a budget as unscheduled repairs to your home. Yet having a plumber, electrician, carpenter, or other professional contractor to keep things in tip-top shape can be expensive too. The solution is to conduct regular inspections of your house and learn how to do the routine things yourself. This not […] Read More

Why Do Auto Insurance Rates Continue to Increase?

Jim Tice – March 11, 2019

As unbelievable as it sounds, insurance companies are struggling to keep pace with changes in auto accidents due to increasing frequency and severity. Over the last several years, carriers struggled to have premiums meet losses and expenses on personal auto policies that they have underwritten. And while the graph below is a few years old, […] Read More

Pros and Cons of a Public Adjuster

Jim Tice – March 4, 2019

How do most people perceive a claims adjuster? When you have a claim on an insurance policy, the adjuster is the person that tries to settle your claim as cheaply as possible and is more concerned about the insurance company’s bottom line than about you getting a fair settlement. At least, that is the public […] Read More

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Estimating Homeowners Insurance for a New House

Jim Tice – February 25, 2019

Spring is a popular time for people to begin the process of shopping for a new house. The decision of whether or not to move, and what house to choose, is often driven by the cost involved. Of course, the cost of the house is most importan and interest rates are also a major consideration, […] Read More

Foreign Liability for Churches

Jim Tice – January 28, 2019

Virtually all churches on occasion send members or employees on mission trips or speaking engagements outside the United States. Many of these trips are taken with the mistaken assumption the church’s insurance policies will cover them. In other situations, coverage may be purchased for injuries the person traveling might sustain without realizing there are many […] Read More

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Renting Your Home on Vrbo, Airbnb or HomeAway

Jim Tice – November 5, 2018

Renting their house for a short period of time is becoming more and more common for homeowners. Websites such as Airbnb.com have facilitated these rentals and more and more people are looking to them for additional income. If you have thought of using your home this way, you should know most homeowners insurance policies do […] Read More

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Water Damage While Away

Jim Tice – October 1, 2018

Would you ever leave on vacation without locking your house? According to a study done by one major insurance company, most people wouldn’t. 85% lock their windows and 77% make sure their doors are deadbolted before heading out. However, an even greater risk to the safety of your home is typically ignored, water damage. Only 22% […] Read More

Self-Driving Cars and Insurance

Jim Tice – September 24, 2018

We’ve all read the predictions about self-driving vehicles becoming more and more common. Instead of driving ourselves, we will be relying on vehicles controlled by computers.  Many newer cars are equipped with collision warning systems and automatic braking. As a result, data is showing a reduction in accidents. This may result in lower insurance costs […] Read More

When Should I Drop Full Coverage on My Car?

Jim Tice – August 8, 2018

When is a car old enough to drop full coverage on it? There are two major divisions of coverage on the auto policy.       1. Liability. This coverage is intended to cover the other person if you cause an accident or cause damage or injury. Liability is always necessary. It is, of course, […] Read More

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Jim Tice – July 30, 2018

Sexual harassment isn’t new, but recent publicity has caused more public awareness. As a result, more people have come forward to report incidents which have occurred in their workplace.  Consequentially, employers are reviewing their employment practices to ensure an environment that is safe for their employees. Every employer needs a handbook. It should set the standard […] Read More

What Is Usage Based Car Insurance?

What Is Usage Based Car Insurance?

Jim Tice – June 25, 2018

For many years, car insurance rates have been determined by familiar factors such as the driver’s age, sex, driving record, type of vehicle, how the vehicle is used, and credit ratings. Modern technology is making possible the use of other factors which could revolutionize car insurance. This is called Usage Based Insurance (UBI). Some companies are now testing UBI. […] Read More

Does My Insurance Cover Me If I Drive for Uber or Lyft?

Does My Insurance Cover Me If I Drive for Uber or Lyft?

Jim Tice – May 21, 2018

Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) allow drivers to use their personal cars to transport passengers who contact them through an app. (like Lyft and Uber) These apps are gaining in popularity, both for drivers and passengers. We know of no reason someone should hesitate in booking a ride with one. However, if you are a driver, […] Read More

Pre-Ride Motorcycle Prep & Local Motorcycle Routes

Pre-Ride Motorcycle Prep & Local Motorcycle Routes

Jim Tice – April 30, 2018

If you own a motorcycle, now that warmer weather is finally here, you are undoubtedly ready to hit the road and enjoy the wonderful freedom that only a motorcycle can bring.  Before taking your first ride there are a few things you should do. Assuming you properly prepared your motorcycle for winter storage (fuel stabilizer and […] Read More

Why Is My Homeowner’s Premium Increasing?

Jim Tice – April 16, 2018

Maybe you have noticed that your homeowner’s premiums have increased quite a bit in recent years and wondered why?  We don’t like it any more than you do, but it is due to factors outside our (or your) control. Consider these facts: There has been unprecedented hail activity in the past several years in our […] Read More

Decisions for Graduates – Car and Housing Insurance

Jim Tice – March 26, 2018

This spring many new college graduates will take their place in the work force.  They will face the first of many lifetime financial decisions.  Since many graduates have been covered under their parent’s policies, they will now need to buy these coverage’s themselves.  Here are a couple of tips: Car Insurance When to come off […] Read More

What is Underground Utility Coverage?

Jim Tice – January 22, 2018

Many of the conveniences of a modern home depend upon something underground, like a water or sewer pipe, or telephone and power lines.  When an underground utility is damaged or wears out, repairs can be very expensive.  What’s more, you couldn’t buy insurance to cover the cost of repair. That is, until now. The Good […] Read More

Which Christmas Gifts Should Be Added to My Insurance?

Jim Tice – January 8, 2018

We all know that our personal property is covered under our homeowners policy. However, did you know that coverage is limited for some property?  Now that we have given and received Christmas gifts, now is a good time to see if anything we own, especially any new Christmas gifts, are subject to these limits on […] Read More

Ways to Give Back This Christmas Season

Jim Tice – December 18, 2017

Receiving gifts is enjoyable, but not nearly as rewarding as giving.  There are so many worthy causes, No one can afford to donate to all of them, but below are some ideas you should consider. 10 Ways to Give Back Visit a homeless shelter and donate blankets, gloves, socks, hats, or coats. We would recommend […] Read More

What Do I Do with My Motorcycle During Winter?

Jim Tice – December 13, 2017

With good motorcycling days gone, it’s helpful to review the steps for storing your motorcycle during winter. This will allow it to start and run well when spring rolls around.  Attention needs to be paid to both the fuel and ignition systems. Clean Your Fuel Tank. Fuel left in a tank over the winter can gum […] Read More

Cold Weather Tips for Winter

Jim Tice – January 10, 2017

As winter is coming closer, now is a good time to review the things we need to do to prepare our homes and cars for the harsh winter conditions.  Here is a quick checklist to help you make sure you are prepared: Cold Weather Home Tips Protect Your Pipes Leave faucets dripping. Drain water from […] Read More

Time To Raise Your Coverage

Jim Tice – September 9, 2016

I’m sure no one has to tell you how high medical costs are today.  Premiums for health insurance policies continue to rise much faster than the inflation rate.  You can hardly read the news without hearing about a health insurance company leaving a state. This hit home to me when I recently had back surgery.  My […] Read More

Credit and How it Affects Your Insurance Premium

Credit: Why Does it Affect My Insurance Premium?

Jim Tice – June 10, 2011

On the surface, it doesn’t make sense. The way a person manages their finances doesn’t seem connected to how they drive. And it certainly doesn’t feel related to home insurance claims. But, statistics is a weird and wonderful field. Numerous studies have shown conclusively people with high credit scores file fewer claims. This means that insurance companies […] Read More

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Candle Fire and How to Prevent It

Jim Tice – March 14, 2011

Nothing is more warm and cozy than snuggling up in a candle lit room. But that same light which radiates warmth into our hearts can have devastating effects if it spreads. Over the years, I have had the privilege to walk alongside people as they deal with the aftermath of a house fire. Many of these were […] Read More