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Insurance Solutions

Insurance products are designed to protect the things in life that are important to us, such as our family, others we care about, our income and our home. Since we cannot predict when we will need insurance or how much we will need, it is important to have the right insurance coverage in place to help minimize financial loss.

Being an Independent Agency, we work with you and many fine insurance companies to make sure you have the coverage that best suits your needs.

With an experienced staff of professional and knowledgeable employees, we strive in providing excellent service to all our clients. Our agents will work to care for your insurance needs, personal and commercial, all under one roof.

Personal Lines

Auto | Home | Watercraft | Motorcycle | Umbrella | ATV | Motor Home, Travel Trailers | Mobile Homes | Dwelling Fire | Inland Marine

Auto

PERSONAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE MOTORCYCLES, ATV’S, MOTOR HOMES, TRAVEL TRAILERS

Most people are familiar with auto insurance. From the time we learn to drive, the necessity and expense of coverage are common conversations. Without proper coverage, even a relatively minor injury sustained in a fender bender can go beyond what a policy might cover and wreak havoc on personal finances.

An auto insurance policy is a policy that can provide coverage for;

  • bodily injury liability resulting from a collision caused by the insured
  • collision property damage coverage
  • comprehensive property damage not caused by a collision
  • medical payments
  • rental reimbursement
  • towing/labor
  • hired and non owned coverage
  • underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage

Home

HOMEOWNERS – MOBILE HOMES – DWELLING FIRE – INLAND MARINE

Homeowners Insurance is Broad protection package policy that typically covers the insured and his or her spouse, children, resident relatives and certain other persons under the age of 21 (living in the same household) against fire, personal liability exposure and other Perils.

Home sweet home and for many of us, our house is our greatest material asset. Most homeowners purchase insurance at the same time as they buy a home and then life goes on. Homeowner’s insurance policies have some nuances, however that merit periodic attention. As part of your insurance needs, we recommend you verify how your homeowners limits are meeting your needs in these areas : coverage limits, personal property, personal liability, exclusions-limitations as well as discounts and credits.

We also provide coverage options for mobile homes, dwelling fire and inland marine.

Watercraft

WATERCRAFT AND BOATS

Boat and watercraft coverage under a homeowner’s policy is very limited. Watercraft personal property coverage may be limited to $1000, while personal liability coverage is restricted to primarily non motorized types of watercraft. If you own a motorized boat or sailboat over 26’ you most likely should have a separate watercraft policy.

Umbrella

PERSONAL UMBRELLA

Umbrella Insurance provides broad insurance beyond traditional home and auto. It provides additional liability coverage above the limits of homeowners’, auto and boat insurance policies. It can also provide for claims that may be excluded by the primary policy. A personal umbrella policy is a very important part of an overall protection plan for a family. It protects the family “assets” from large monetary losses that can result from 3rd party liability, auto accidents and property losses. We recommend that a family with small children, children that drive and those that have sons/daughters away from home have an Umbrella Policy to help mitigate large monetary losses that may occur from the activity of Children.

Bonds

Bonds | Surety (Probate, Contract, License & Permit, etc.)

Probate Bonds

Probate bonds, also referred to as executor or administrator bonds, are insurance policies that cover the probate process. Required by the Probate Court, a probate bond ensures that all terms of the will are carried out by the executor accurately and without negligence.

Probate is the legal process by which an estate is settled. Whether an estate has a will or not, the process of probate guides the steps that need to be taken on behalf of the deceased. The probate process involves three main steps; Categorize all assets of the deceased, Settle all debts, Disperse balance of assets to beneficiaries. A probate court oversees the probate process.

A bond guarantees to the court, heirs and creditors that the executor will carry out all the terms of the will accurately. If the executor or administrator mishandles assets of the estate, the heirs and creditors can make a claim against the bond.

The purpose of the bond provided by the Fiduciary is not for their protection, but to protect the minors, heirs, incompetents or creditors of the estate or property assets. This bond does not an expiry date and may continue indefinitely until another action of the court takes place.

Fidelity Bond

A fiduciary is someone who has been appointed by the courts to manage property or assets of people and businesses who are unable to manage these affairs on their own. They are usually appointed by the courts with specific mandates to carry out activities and are asked to guarantee the performance of their duty by posting a form of bond. The most common types are: Administrator/Executor/Trustee of Estates, Conservator, Guardian, Receiver of Rents, Operating Trustee, Trustee, Trustee in Bankruptcy.

Surety Bond

A Surety Bond guarantees a 2nd party, the owner that a 3rd party called the principal will successfully perform actions agreed to under the terms of a contract. The most common type of surety bonds are those issued in connection with a construction project. Another common surety bond is a criminal bond or bail bond required by a criminal court. This type of bond is usually done by a specialty bail bondsman.

Veterans Bond

We have the special privilege of being approved by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to provide “Legal Custodian” bonds for members of our Military. These are through the Legal Office of Mr. T.O. Rainey, Attorney At Law.

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Commercial Lines

Auto | Property | General Liability | Workers’ Compensation | Business Owners Commercial Package Policies | Inland Marine | Builder’s Risk | Crime | E&O Commercial Umbrella | Professional

Commercial Auto

A properly written commercial auto policy is an important cornerstone of your overall insurance plan for reduction of financial risk to your firm. Correct coverage and limits are necessary to provide a level of protection for your assets from large claims. This can be accomplished by a thorough review of commercial auto coverage options to include include: liability, collision, comprehensive, medical payments hired and non-owned auto as well as many other optional coverage’s considerations Several questions you should be able to answer——

  • What “symbol” is on your policy?
  • What liability limits do you have and are they adequate?
  • Do you have a personal auto policy?
  • Are you driving a company vehicle?
  • Do you need “DOC”?
  • Do you operate a “fleet”?

Did you know that how you control your fleet operations has a direct impact on the cost of your auto insurance. Do you have equipment attached to the bed of your truck? Is it mobile equipment? Is it covered? What is the definition of mobile equipment under your auto policy? Do you need “lease gap coverage, hired car physical damage or rental reimbursement?

A personal auto policy may exclude coverage for commercial uses of your vehicle and a commercial auto policy may be required.

Business Owner's Commercial Package

COMMERCIAL INSURANCE POLICIES PACKAGE – BUSINESS OWNERS – MONOLINE

Commercial insurance can be a either a single policy or a package policy—also can be called a Business Owners Policy. Every package policy must contain two parts: property and liability. This standard insurance format offers the broadest availability of coverage options. Business clients may purchase any of the following commercial coverage’s as a mono-line (stand alone) policy or as part of a commercial package policy:

  • Hired and Non owned auto
  • Commercial Inland Marine (mobile equipment and tools)
  • Commercial Crime
  • Farm Coverage
  • Boiler and Machinery Insurance
  • Commercial Property Insurance
  • Commercial General Liability Insurance
  • Flood Insurance—–This is a stand-alone policy
  • Errors and Omissions
    The “BOP” format (Business Owners Policy). is used for smaller commercial businesses whose operations are fairly standard in nature. This package policy is also generally used for those risk that have exhibited an above average control over exposures to claims which is reflected in lower pricing compared to a standard package policy.

Commercial Umbrella

COMMERCIAL UMBRELLA POLICY
COMMERCIAL EXCESS POLICY

Umbrella insurance refers to a liability insurance policy that protects the assets and future income of the named insured in addition to his or her primary polices. It is distinguished from excess insurance in that excess insurance goes into effect only when all underlying policies are totally exhausted. The umbrella policy may also “drop down” to fill coverage gaps in some underlying policies. A commercial umbrella policy may provide such features as:

  • blanket contractual liability protection (on both oral and written agreements)
  • extension of protection for additional insured persons
  • worldwide (or global) coverage
  • personal injury coverage
  • care, custody, and control coverage watercraft liability
  • non-owned aircraft liability
  • liquor law liability
  • advertiser’s liability
  • XCU liability

Worker's Compensation Insurance

A-WORKERS COMPENSATION INSURANCE
B-EMPLOYERS LIABILITY INSURANCE
C-OTHER STATES INSURANCE

Workers Compensation insurance coverage takes care of the employer’s obligation to pay workers compensation benefits prescribed by law.

Employers Liability section provides coverage for the employer’s legal liability arising out of employee injuries outside the scope of the workers compensation law.

Other States Insurance provides WC coverage for those out of state locations where you are working subject to the terms of the policy.

The State of Virginia requires that an employer with 3 or more employees must provide Workers Compensation Insurance coverage for their employees. Officers may reject coverage.

Workers compensation limits vary and are generally shown as:

  • Bodily Injury by Accident $100,000 Each accident
  • Bodily Injury by Disease $100,000 Each employee
  • Bodily Injury By Disease $500,000 Policy Limit

Workers Compensation is priced based on the type of business as well as a Modification factor that is generated by NCCI. (National Council on Compensation Insurance).

We have many Workers Compensation carriers and would be more than happy to discuss your current operations and provide a quote. Please give us a call.

Life & Health

Individual and Group (hmo, ppo, pos, major medical, fee for service)

Life Insurance

Life insurance protects those that you care about from undue financial hardship when you are no longer alive. If you are single and do not have children, life insurance can help your family cover burial expenses. If you are married or have children, more considerations are at stake, including medical and living expenses as well as funeral cost. There are many life insurance products available among those are: Term, Universal, Whole Life, Variables, Single Premiums, Limited Payment.

Whatever your situation, it is our pleasure to help find the best-case scenario for you. We will partner with you to:

  • Identify the proper amount of coverage based on your life situation, family, dependents and employment.
  • Identify the most effective carriers for your situation.
  • Take advantage of cost savings wherever possible.

We have access to over 25 of the most preferred and financially sound companies. This allows us to provide you the best product and price to fit your needs.

Health Insurance

Whether you are married, single, have children or are a student, you need some level of health insurance to help protect yourself against financial disaster in the event of a serious illness or accident.

If you are not able to find group coverage you can buy an individual policy. Rest assured that our Agents are familiar with the policies offered locally along with the benefits and cost of each. We will be glad to help you: determine which benefits are most important to you, compare health insurance options, benefits and cost; discuss the benefits and disadvantages of HMO’s, PPO’s and POS plans; select and sign up to qualify for a plan.

Group Health & Life Insurance

We have access to many major insurance carriers that provide group life and health policies. Please contact us should you have any question or would like an evaluation of group health or life coverage for your business.

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