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family life insurance

If you've purchased life insurance, you deserve to be commended for taking this step to protect your loved ones. There may be a temptation to file away your policy and forget it, but there are a few key things you should do right away after buying life insurance to ensure that in the event of a tragedy, your loved ones will easily be able to receive the money you want them to have.

Independent Contractors

Does your business use “independent contractors”? If so, are you in compliance with Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law with its strict three prong test? Many businesses that used to use "independent contractors" can no longer classify these workers as such.

identity protection

Close to half of identity theft cases are the result of a lost or stolen wallet, checkbook, credit card or other physical document. But as online shopping becomes increasing popular, it can also pose an identity risk.

 
Victims of identity theft are often left with lower credit scores and spend months or even years getting credit records corrected. They frequently have difficulty getting credit, obtaining loans and even finding employment. Victims of identity theft fraud often travel a long and frustrating road to recovery; depending on the severity of the identity theft fraud damage, the recovery process can take anywhere from a few weeks to several years.

Rental car insurance

car rental

There are more options for renting a car than ever before—bricks-and-mortar, peer-to-peer and membership-based car sharing services. While this means more choice for renters, it also creates more questions about insurance coverage. Use these tips to properly insure yourself when renting a car, and avoid wasting money on duplicative coverage.

disaster recovery planning

Businesses that are forced to close down following a disaster run the risk of never being able to open their doors again. While there’s no way to lower the risk of a natural disaster like a hurricane, there are critical measures that can be taken to protect your company’s bottom line from nature’s fury. A disaster plan and adequate insurance are keys to recovery.

10 tips for safe winter driving

winter driving tips

10 tips to help prepare for safe winter driving. When winter weather makes driving challenging, the safest solution is to stay off the roads, but that’s not always possible so be sure to take precautions if you need to be out in the elements.

party etiquette

Parties and social gatherings are often a big part of the holiday season, but hosts who serve alcohol should take steps to limit their liquor liability and make sure they have the proper insurance.

home water damage

Water damage is among the most common reasons for making a property damage claim. Home, condominium, renter insurance and commercial property policies cover a variety of types of property damage caused by water. However, not every instance of water damage is covered by insurance. Damage being covered by a policy can depend on the cause of water damage and the type of policy you have. In some cases, it may depend on whether or not you’ve purchased optional coverages.

winter icicles

Winter months often increase the risks of a variety of claim situations. Being proactive can help reduce the chances of having an accident or loss. Keep in mind these 9 tips to avoid claim situations that are not only costly but can cause you significant stress.

host liquor liability

Do you sponsor corporate functions, holiday parties, meetings or other social events where alcoholic beverages are served? Do you rent to tenants who sell or serve alcohol? If so, you need to be aware of liquor liability exposures and the extent of coverage provided by your insurance for claims related to selling, serving or furnishing alcoholic beverages.

 

The information provided in these articles are only general descriptions and should not be relied upon as complete, correct or accurate for your specific situation. All coverage informaiton is subject to policy provisions, endorsements and may be  subject to your meeting underwriting qualifications. Murphy Insurance Agency is not engaged in rendering legal, accounting or other noninsurance professional services. Consult an appropriate professional for advice regarding your own situation.