- Do I need an Umbrella Insurance policy?
- What does Umbrella Insurance cover?
- Is my insurance agent working for me or for their company?
Not sure of the answers?
What it is
Umbrella insurance is extra liability coverage that sits over the top (like an umbrella!) of the primary coverages on your auto, homeowners, boat, motorcycle, RV, etc.
Why you need it
Umbrella insurance coverage typically offers broader coverage and comes with higher limits of liability. An umbrella policy will extend the limits of coverage on your primary policies for things like property damage, bodily injury and personal liability.
* Umbrella coverage can also include protection against risks that are not covered by your traditional home and auto policies, such as:
- False arrest
- False imprisonment
- Invasion of privacy
- Malicious prosecution
- Wrong entry
- Liability while participating on the board of a charitable, religious or civic organization
Even if a lawsuit may seem frivolous, you’ll still need to pay the expenses of the lawyers defending you.
Who it covers
- People with significant personal assets
- Owners of swimming pools, trampolines and/or swing sets
- Pet owners
- Families with teen or young adult drivers
- Youth activity leaders such as sports team coaches, scout leaders, etc…
- Board members of charitable or religious organizations
Look at your assets and how much you could afford to lose. Then look at additional risks you may have (several are listed above).
Many people with significant assets don’t buy the extra coverage or don’t buy enough. The chances of being sued for a million dollars or more are not as rare as they used to be. Without an umbrella, once your regular policy is paid out your personal assets are at risk—your home, your cars, your retirement savings…
Why not protect those assets with an extra million or two in coverage each year? This investment is about the same as it would be to pay a lawyer for an hour or two of work!
A personal umbrella policy is a responsible decision that can result in avoiding significant liability loss….
If you’re trying to decide whether or not to start the property damage insurance claims process when there’s damage to your home – keep these questions in mind. …
‘We will pay damages in excess of the retained limit for………Bodily Injury or property damage an insured becomes legally liable due to an occurrence to which this policy applies and Personal Liability to which the policy applies.’ This coverage applies to damages in excess of the retained limit.” What does this mean? An umbrella…