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News, updates and useful tips about insurance products and the insurance industry. We also provide insights on community events, local news and information that affect your everyday life. Enjoy!

commercial auto insurance

Tips for buying commercial auto insurance that will help you manage costs and ensure you’re properly protected. Whether you need commercial auto insurance for a single vehicle or a whole fleet, you want insurance that is both affordable as well as provides the proper protection.

home prep for winter

With winter fast approaching, now is the time to properly safeguard your home from the harsh elements of this season. These steps can lessen your chances of a loss to your home due to inclement weather.

If you have a heating oil tank in your home, be sure you consider purchasing an “Escaped Liquid Fuel Endorsement” aka Oil Remediation coverage for your policy if you haven’t already done so.  Typically, home insurance policies exclude coverage for fuel contamination to your personal property, groundwater, and a neighbor’s property. unless you have purchased an oil remediation coverage endorsement.

Volunteering

Many people face a variety of community-related and volunteer-related loss exposures. For example, if you or a family member holds some type of leadership role in a community, charity, religious, not-for-profit, or political organization, you should consider certain risk management recommendations.

winter weather home prep tips

Consider these simple steps to make your home safer, warmer and cheaper to live in. Ice, snow and wind can have devastating consequences on your home; fortunately, there are precautions you can take to avoid winter related damage. Keep in mind, the time to winterize is when the leaves begin to turn and not when the snow begins to fall.

insurance discounts

Discounts for having auto & home/condo/renter policies with the same company can be confusing. We're always working to help you maximize your discount opportunities and save money. In the past, a multi-policy discount only applied on a home-type policy. Discounts are available on both home and auto policies, which can mean greater savings. • auto policy discounts with a home range from 8% to 10% • home policy discounts with an auto range from 5% to 20%

Many renters underestimate how much they are putting at risk by not having this extremely affordable coverage. If you don't have renter's insurance, are you saying "No" before you are really clear on what renters insurance does for you? Renter insurance covers is damage to your personal property and also provides liability coverage.

Cyber Crime Risk

While much of the focus related to COVID-19 understandably focuses on the medical, humanitarian and economic aspects for families and businesses, many businesses may not have fully considered increased cyber security risks. Many companies have adopted work-from-home policies for their employees and made changes to business operations resulting in increased exposure to cyber risks and cyber liability.

3 point check list

Companies using independent contractors need to evaluate these relationships using a three-part test to determine whether the worker classification is proper under the MA state laws. If an employer identifies an issue but does nothing, they risk stiff penalties.

Back to School for College Students

If you're a college student living in a dorm or apartment, or have a child who's away at school, you may need to update your insurance policy or make coverage changes. Here are some issues to consider...

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