Umbrella Policy Is Helpful When You Are Sued and the Dollar Limit of your Original Policy has been Exhausted
If you are sued and the dollar limit of your homeowner’s or general liability policy coverage has reached its coverage limit, an umbrella insurance policy can be used to cover the liability gap coverage. An umbrella policy is most useful to individuals who own a lot of assets or very expensive assets and are at a significant risk of being sued. Some umbrella policies may even include coverage outside of your primary insurance policy.
How Much Coverage Do You Need?
This question should be posed to your insurance agent. Agents often say that you should have enough coverage to protect the value of your assets and you do not wish to see your estate decimated. In a litigious society, knowing your assets are insulated from lawsuits helps add to your peace of mind. Coverage protects yourself from devastating financial loss because of unforeseen events.
Typical umbrella policies range between $1 million to $5 million.
Does Umbrella Insurance Cover All Incidents?
This question should be posed to your insurance agent as to what is not covered. As with any insurance policy, there are typically exclusions for certain type of activities (e.g., using your vehicle for racing or vehicles exceeding a certain weight limit).
Will Umbrella Insurance Cover My Business?
An umbrella policy is a form of personal insurance, so it won’t protect you from lawsuits related to a business you own. Discuss with your insurance agent what type of insurance policies are available to protect your business.
Is Umbrella Insurance Expensive?
Generally, umbrella insurance is not expensive. If purchased from the same carrier that insures your auto or home, reduced premiums may be available.
Planning Tip #1:
Periodically review with your insurance agent(s) that your life, health, disability, umbrella and property insurance policies have enough coverage and that the premium being charged is reasonable.
Planning Tip #2:
Periodically review your living and estate plan with your legal and tax professionals.
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About F. Bryan Haarlander, EA, CTRS:
Bryan Haarlander is an IRS licensed Enrolled Agent and who owns and operates a specialized tax services firm serving clients in the western suburbs of Philadelphia, PA, which includes the cities of Chester Springs, Coatesville, Collegeville, Devon, Downingtown, Exton, Frazer, King of Prussia, Paoli, Philadelphia, Phoenixville, Pottstown, Radnor, Reading, Wayne, West Chester in Berks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties, as well as clients in Delaware, New Jersey, New York and throughout the continental USA.
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