Steps to take when an insurance claim gets rejected

When a home is damaged, a homeowner's first move is often to file a claim with his or her insurance company. In some cases, that claim may be denied even if an individual believes that the damage is covered by the policy. If a claim is denied, it is important to review the terms of the policy carefully to see if the damage actually was covered. It may be best to do so prior to filing the claim.

Iowa Court of Appeals Rules Contractor With Assignment of Benefits Improperly Acted as an Unlicensed Public Adjuster

On February 6, 2019, the Iowa Court of Appeals published its decision in 33 Carpenters Construction, Inc., v. The Cincinnati Insurance Company, No. 17-1979, a case involving a post-loss assignment of a property damage claim to the insured's contractor. The case has important implications for both insureds and contractors performing insurance restoration work with an assignment of benefits (sometimes also referred to as an "assignment of claim.")

Hail damage may be covered by insurance

After a storm, damage to a home or building may not be evident right away. In May 2018, a hailstorm struck York County in Pennsylvania, and many buildings sustained damage. While the owners of these buildings may have insurance coverage, there is a deadline by which they must file an insurance claim. Generally speaking, the deadline is one year from the event that caused the damage to occur.

KonMari Your HOA - Decluttering your Documents with a Records Retention and Request Policy

Being a member of the Board of Directors at your Homeowners Association can be a thankless job. With all of the issues the Board has to deal with, responding to document requests from homeowners should be an easy one. Still, one of the major complaints we hear from Boards is the overwhelming amount of paper, documents, and other files that Associations retain over the years. While many Associations have been able to convert their files to electronic format, many others still maintain paper files.

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