You can certainly report your claim directly to the company especially if the damage is significant and is more than your deductible. If you are not sure what your deductible amount is or have questions about the loss, call your agent. We are here to discuss your options and answer your questions before notifying the company.
You don’t need to be a magician to know what records to keep and for how long. While most providers can supply reports and plan documents, the plan administrator remains ultimately responsible for retaining adequate records that support the plan document reports and filings. Refer to the chart below to know which documents you need to keep in case of a plan audit.
A retirement plan advisor can serve in either a 3(21) or 3(38) fiduciary capacity, and in some cases, both capacities. The needs and desires of the plan sponsor typically dictate the specific arrangement, which is predicated upon the subject of risk mitigation versus risk avoidance. Some plan sponsors want assistance with their fiduciary responsibilities, but want to maintain discretion and control of their plans’ investment menus. Others want to shift responsibilities to a third party due to their lack of expertise, and ultimately, fear of exposure to liability.
Most prudent plan sponsors hire a plan advisor to help them adhere to ERISA’s rigorous standards and to meet their objective of offering a best practices retirement plan to their employees. ERISA rules are clear — every decision you make as a fiduciary must be in the best interests of plan participants and their beneficiaries, and certain relationships may result in prohibited transactions.
Term insurance is temporary and only provides pure death benefit protection for a specific period of time. Term is the most affordable and does not accumulate cash value. Permanent insurance is designed to provide lifetime protection. The initial premium for Permanent is higher than Term, but it has the potential to accumulate cash value that can be accessed to help with lifetime needs.
The amount of life insurance needed varies for everyone as it depends on their unique circumstance and financial goals. Immediate obligations and future income needs should be considered when determining how much life insurance coverage is enough. There are many calculators out there to help you figure out how much you may need to maintain your lifestyle as well as help provide financial security to those that depend on you. Life Happens, A Nonprofit Organization, has a simple yet effective calculator, which can be found here.
Employers can purchase up to $50,000 of life insurance for employees without the need to add the premium to the employee’s income. Premium for any amount above $50,000 would need to be included in the employee’s income or that portion of the life insurance benefit would be considered taxable in the event of a claim.
An accountable care organization (ACO) is an association of hospitals, healthcare providers and insurers in which all parties voluntarily assume financial and medical responsibility for patients. Total cost of care can run between 10% and 15% lower than a traditional “open access” network.
Although most ACA language is centered around offering employees coverage that meets minimum essential benefits and affordability rules, in order to be compliant and employer must offer coverage to dependent children. An employer is not required to offer coverage to spouses under the ACA.
In most cases, yes we will. Our agency is licensed in most states and have companies available to write with. Please be sure to contact us if this is your situation to see if we can help.
If someone will be adversely affected financially by your unexpected death then you need life insurance. Life insurance can provide financial protection for your beneficiaries, for both personal and business reasons.
If you have employees, you have to buy worker’s compensation coverage. If you’ve entered into a lease agreement, you’ll need to procure liability & property coverage. There are many other coverages that would be recommended depending on your specific business. To find out, contact one of our business insurance professionals.
Your policy premiums are dependent on three primary variables: insurance carrier capacity, your exposures, and your loss experience. If there’s a shortfall of capital in the insurance marketplace, the cost of all insurance will be high. The more property you have to insure or the more exposures to loss you have, the higher your premiums. The higher your historic losses, the less likely insurers will want to take on your risk, thereby increasing your premiums.