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Every homeowner, renter and college student should have an inventory of their possessions. Just imagine…if you had a fire or burglary, would you be able to remember everything you own and what it cost? Having an inventory can save you time, money and stress if you have to make a claim. get started…a partial inventory is better than none Set a time goal. Setting a deadline helps keep you on track. Break it up into pieces. Don’t overwhelm ...

You’ve purchased life insurance as part of your estate planning efforts. You deserve to be commended for taking this step, and certainly there is a temptation to file away your policy and forget it.  However, 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 ...

diamond ring

Imagine how you’d feel if you looked down and saw the stone missing on your diamond ring? Would it be covered by your homeowners', condo owners' or renters' policy? Unless you have the ring "scheduled" on your policy, the answer is probably NO.  Most home/condo/renter policies provide coverage only in specific situations (named perils) listed on your policy, i.e. fire, theft, etc.  In the the above situation, the stone simply fell out and was accidentally lost, ...

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. develop a disaster recovery plan No matter how small or large a ...

hands-free cell phone driving

New Hands-Free law goes into effect February 23 In an effort to reduce distracted driving to prevent accidents, injuries and deaths, the new law, An Act Requiring the Hands-Free Use of Mobile Telephones While Driving bans the hand-held use of cellphones and other electronic devices while driving. The law becomes effective February 23, 2020; therefore, now is the time to prepare and change habits. What drivers can and cannot do Under the new law: Drivers cannot use a mobile ...

Your renters insurance guide

What to look for when shopping for renters insurance If you rent a house or apartment and experience a fire or other disaster, your landlord’s insurance will only cover the costs of repairing the building. To financially protect yourself you will need to buy renters or tenants insurance. renters insurance protections Like homeowners insurance, renters insurance includes three key types of financial protection:  Coverage for personal possessions Liability protection Additional living expenses (ALE) The big difference is that renters insurance doesn't ...

Independent Contractors

  Does your business use “independent contractors”? If so, are you in compliance with Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law (MICL)? (M.G.L. c. 149, §148B) Established in 1990, the law initially focused on the construction industry; however, changes in 2004 created a very strict “three prong test”, which expanded implications to many other types of businesses. As a result, many businesses that have used “independent contractors” can no longer classify these workers as such. Three Prong Test In order ...

lawsuit protection

Liability insurance is for everyone. You don’t have to be a millionaire to be sued like one. The legal fees to defend yourself in a lawsuit can be financially crippling regardless of whether you’re ultimately found responsible or not. If found liable, you can’t predict what a judge or jury will award, but huge settlements are common especially when bodily injury is involved. In a serious accident the personal liability limits of an auto, home or renter ...

home insurance

Use these guidelines to protect your home and your assets with adequate insurance coverage If disaster strikes, you'll want enough homeowners insurance to rebuild the structure of your home, to help replace your belongings, to defray costs if you're unable to live in your home and to protect your financial assets in the event of liability to others. Use these guidelines to help determine the coverage and amounts you need. Determine how much insurance you need ...

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, and whether or not you’ve purchased optional coverages. Water damage causes Causes of water damage can be ...

 

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.