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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!

gavel; lawsuits and liability

Personal umbrella policies are growing in popularity. In the past, only wealthy individuals and families purchased this coverage. Today, middle-income families also may procure this policy for protection in our society's increasingly litigious climate. As the tendency to sue for damages rises and awards granted by the courts grow, the personal umbrella policy is increasingly seen as an insurance necessity, rather than a luxury. It is especially attractive because of its relatively low cost.

Trick or Treat! No doubt you'll be hearing that a few times on this spookiest of days. Whether you go all out personally or just enjoy others getting into the spirit, here are 10 tips to keep trick or treating and Halloween fun and safe for everyone.

Halloween isn’t just for kids. All you have to do is drive around and see the decorations, and you know that Halloween is right up there with Christmas when it comes to getting into the holiday spirit…pun intended. Insurance may not come to mind as you're planning your costumes or decorating your home, but there are certain risks involved especially if you are...

deer collisions

The risk for deer collisions is 3 times greater during the months of November and December according to the Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) statistics. Increased deer activity during their migration and mating season cause a sharp increase in auto accidents involving deer.

Annual reviews can serve as a beneficial development tool to identify, measure, encourage, evaluate, reward and improve employee performance. Documenting employee performance is an important human resources management practice that can help avoid misunderstandings that could lead to legal action...

When a certificate holder requests to be added to an insurance policy as an “Additional Insured”, this requires insurance agents to ask about and understand if there are contractual obligations that need to be met.

If you're planning to serve alcohol at your home, take steps to limit your liquor liability and make sure you have the proper insurance. Social host liability is the legal term for the criminal and civil responsibility of a person who furnishes liquor to a guest. Social host liability can have serious consequences for party throwers.

The Massachusetts Legislature and the Baker-Polito Administration have enacted legislation to delay the start of employer and employee contributions to the Paid Family and Medical Leave program (PFML) by three months to October 1, 2019.

lightning safety myths

To stay safe in a storm, know the truth about lightning dangers. “When thunder roars, go indoors!” is a truism that actually holds up. But much of what we think we know about lightning is fiction. Here are some common myths, along with the facts that will keep you and your loved ones safe in a storm.

Spring, summer and fall are motorcycle season. It’s common for cyclists to remove coverage in the winter and add it back in the spring when the weather gets good. Just remember you should never drive your bike even once without ensuring your coverage is up to date. It’s also a good idea to take an in-depth look at your coverage periodically because you might change bikes, change riding habits or buy special equipment and all those things can impact your coverage needs. Here are some areas to consider.