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As we continue to invest in resources to improve our clients’ experience, we are excited to announce the adoption of Indio – Gulfshore Insurance’s Secure Online Insurance Application, Document Sharing, and Document Signature Platform.

We recognize how cumbersome the insurance application process can be for most. Indio is a tool that allows us to provide clients with a fully digital application, renewal, and document signature process! This secure online platform combines all of the different functions of a typical insurance renewal process into one easy platform. Here are some of the key features and efficiencies this will bring to our insurance process:

  • Online portal allowing easy access to insurance applications/forms whenever and wherever clients need them.
  • The ability to sign all applications and forms live on the platform.
  • The ability to upload and download documents as needed in a secure environment to ensure nothing malicious is sent.
  • The ability to assign applications, forms, or even sections within applications to specific points of contact within your organization; in turn, reducing the need to print, scan, or even sign forms offline.
  • The security of knowing your data is confidential!

For more information, contact us today!

JRW1920websiteNAPLES, FL (June 18, 2019) – Gulfshore Insurance Inc., a leading insurance agency in Florida, has announced the addition of Private Risk Services Client Advisor, Jon White, to their staff.

With over 12 years of industry experience, White’s business and sales strategies are innovative and effective. “Jon White is an asset to our Private Risk Services division. His go-getter attitude and passion to deliver impeccable service to clients are great contributions to the team and the overall growth of our agency,” stated Brad Havemeier, President and CEO.

In his new role, White will specialize in complex lifestyle protection for successful families, including high value homes and estates, yachts, and auto collections. White will also partner with wealth advisors, trust and estate attorneys, and luxury realtors to limit his clients’ liability exposures.

About Gulfshore Insurance
Gulfshore Insurance is an insurance agency based in Naples, Florida. Founded in 1970, the agency provides professional risk management and insurance coverage to businesses and individuals. Gulfshore Insurance combines the best characteristics of local agencies with the expertise of national brokers. Their associates in Naples, Fort Myers, Fort Lauderdale, and Sarasota advise more than 10,000 clients throughout the state. To learn more, please visit www.GulfshoreInsurance.com.

Personal Lines Umbrella Liability ProtectionTypically, insurance policies (e.g., homeowners, automobile, and watercraft) include initial limits of “primary” liability that responds to legally based judgments against you or your family members. However, these are commonly limited to $300,000 or $500,000, making them inadequate in today’s litigious society where multi-million dollar judgments are all too common: these judgments are based on current and future earnings. In that event, an Excess Liability or “Umbrella” policy kicks in when a lawsuit judgment exceeds the limit on your homeowner’s and auto policies.

A key strategy in wealth preservation is the maintenance of comprehensive personal liability protection. That’s why we urge our clients to consider the maximum net worth they are willing to risk should such lawsuits occur. Our agency has the ability to place up to $100,000,000 in personal umbrella policies, and our recommendation is to maintain Excess/Umbrella Liability protection at a minimum limit of $5,000,000.

We believe there are two key components that, whenever possible, be included in a comprehensive Excess/Umbrella policy:

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist – This important protection is provided under most primary Automobile policies. It ensures that a household member will be covered for injuries he/she receives from a negligent driver. In the event of a qualifying accident, the insurance company will pay the difference between what the uninsured/underinsured driver can pay and what the injured driver would be entitled to as if the uninsured motorist had proper insurance in effect (covered also applies in “hit-and-run” accidents). We encourage every client to purchase additional limits of protection, which are available as an endorsement to the Excess/Umbrella policy. This additional protection covers the bodily injury damages they cause you or a family member.

Ensuring a Proper Defense – Most clients are unaware of how their defense would be managed by their insurance company in the event of a lawsuit brought against them or a family member. Three specific items to request include:

  • Outside the Limits – All covered defense costs are “outside” the limit of Excess/Umbrella coverage, thus preserving the full Excess/Umbrella coverage limit for judgments against you.
  • Expanded Defense – A sub-limit of coverage will apply to the reasonable expenses for your preferred law firm to review and consult on the defense offered by the policy.
  • Reputational Damage – Some policies will also provide a sub-limit to cover the fees of a public relations firm to protect your reputation within your community.

 

Our clients’ needs evolve over time so we want to reinforce the following coverage options that could be critical to maintaining a proper Personal Liability Program. Please make your insurance advisor aware of any related exposures that you or a family member may have to any of the following:

  • Trusts, Estates, & LLC’s – If your properties, vehicles, watercraft, or aircraft are owned in the name of an entity created for tax or liability purposes, be sure the entity is named on your Primary and Excess/Umbrella policies as an Additional Insured.
  • Non-Profit Director’s & Officer’s Liability – Protects unpaid board members or trustees of charitable organizations against lawsuits involving a variety of wrongful acts such as sexual harassment, discrimination, libel, slander, invasion of privacy, wrongful termination, and plagiarism.
  • Family Trust Liability – Covers damages resulting from a negligent act, error/omission, or breach of duty while serving as a trustee of a family trust.

 

Ron Lazarto, CPRIA is Client Advisor and Partner at Gulfshore Insurance specializing in Private Risk Services. Ron specializes in offering customized property and casualty insurance solutions for successful individuals and their families. Comments and questions are welcome at rlazarto@gulfshoreinsurance.com

Personal Lines Why Flood Insurance Is More Important Than You ThinkAs we see time and time again, no home is completely safe from the risk of flooding. Flood insurance can be the difference between recovering or being financially devastated.  Just one inch of water in a home can cost more than $25,000 in damage—why risk it?

Do You Need Flood Insurance?

  • FACT: Homeowners and renters insurance does not typically cover flood damage.
  • FACT: More than 20% of flood claims come from properties outside high-risk flood zones.
  • FACT: Flood insurance can pay regardless of whether or not there is a Presidential Disaster Declaration.
  • FACT: Most federal disaster assistance comes in the form of low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and you have to pay them back. FEMA offers disaster grants that don’t need to be paid back, but this amount is often much less than what is needed to recover. A claim against your flood insurance policy could, and often does, provide more funds for recovery than those you could qualify for from FEMA or the SBA — and you don’t have to pay it back.

It’s easy to see that having flood insurance provides important recovery help. The most common flood insurance is offered through the federally regulated program known as the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) with options for your home only or home and contents.

  • The maximum available coverage limit for the dwelling is $250,000.
  • The maximum available coverage limit for contents in your home is $100,000

What if you need more than $250,000 worth of coverage for your home or more than $100,000 of coverage for your contents?  Excess Flood insurance is available through private companies.

Federal Flood Insurance – What is Covered vs. What is Not

What Qualifies as a Flood?
Water has to cover at least 2 acres of land that’s normally dry, or has to have damaged two or more properties (one being your home). Also, the water has to come from:

  • Overflowing inland or tidal waters
  • Unusual, rapid accumulation or runoff of surface waters from any source
  • Mudflow (that’s mud carried by a flow of water, creating a river of mud)
  • You’re also covered when shorefront land collapses or sinks due to waters above “anticipated cyclical levels.”

*Water and seepage that comes from sewer or drain backups, or a sump pump that overflows is not considered a flood. Wind driven rain is not covered.

Please do not wait for an impending storm to purchase federal flood insurance. There’s usually a 30-day waiting period. Some private policies offer a 15-day waiting period.

Ron Lazarto, CPRIA is Client Advisor and Partner at Gulfshore Insurance specializing in Private Risk Services. Ron specializes in offering customized property and casualty insurance solutions for successful individuals and their families. Comments and questions are welcome at rlazarto@gulfshoreinsurance.com

CAMGulfshore Insurance is proud to announce that Andrea Pelletier, Client Advisor and Partner, is now Chartered Private Risk and Insurance Advisor (CPRIA) certified. The CPRIA designation is given to individuals who successfully complete the CPRIA curriculum, comprised of six segments with corresponding exams offered through the Private Risk Management Association.

ANDREA PELLETIER RECEIVES CHARTERED PRIVATE RISK AND INSURANCE ADVISOR (CPRIA) CERTIFICATION“This prestigious designation is a testament to Andrea’s eagerness to provide her clients with expert service,” said Brad Havemeier, President and CEO of Gulfshore Insurance.

This certification shows the dedication Andrea has to the insurance industry, as well as, her commitment to serving our high-net-worth clients, who have a unique set of property and liability exposures created by their assets and lifestyle.