Buy-Sell Planning Using Life Insurance

Plan Ahead with a Buy-Sell Agreement

Continuation of your business, the way you choose, is possible.  Many times, when partners go intoHelp business, the do no consider how to arrange for a smooth transition if one of the partners leaves the business retires or becomes unable to work.

Buy-Sell Planning can help you:

  • Be assured your family and partners’ families will be taken care of
  • Reassure your employees of a smooth transition.
  • Know the deceased partner’s share of the business will not be left to someone incapable of running the business.

Buy-Sell planning using life insurance is designed to address the concerns of business owners and their families. Here are only a few of the benefits:

  • It prevents a situation where the surviving spouse or other beneficiary of the estate gains control of the deceased’s interest without wanting it, or without having the business skill to manage it.
  • It provides cash for the spouse or estate of the deceased owner to make up for lost income from the business.
  • It makes it less likely that the business will have to be sold to “buy out” the interest of the deceased owner.

Business owners typically fund buy-sell agreements by purchasing a life insurance policy on each owner. Depending on how the agreement is drawn, the other owners can be the beneficiaries, in which case they will have the funds to meet their obligations under the contract. In other cases, the company itself is the beneficiary, to provide funds to buy back the interest of the deceased owner.

Buy-sell agreements can also be triggered by disability, retirement or simply by one owner wishing to leave.

Contact the experts at Cobb-Hall to provide innovative solutions designed specifically for your needs.

Sited: Trusted Choice-Independent Insurance Agents 2017

 

Key-Person Insurance

Key Person Insurance Can Prevent Financial Disaster

The financial effect of losing an important member of your business can be extreme. If your company business travellers walking in airport with luggagelost key people because of injury, disability or death, there’s a chance that the company could close it’s doors for good.  Investing in key- person insurance can keep your company from financial ruin if that employee was suddenly unable to continue to work.

Key-Person Insurance provides specific monetary value, agreed upon when the policy is purchased, for a specific time period or until the employee is no longer in the capacity of a key person.

 In the event a key employee dies suddenly or is incapacitated and unable to do their job, this coverage can protect your company, the employee and the employee’s family by providing:

  •  financial support while the person is recovering from an illness or injury
  • closing costs, investor payoffs, and severance pay for employees if your business plans to shut it’s doors after the loss of a key person
  • cover costs for temporary staff
  • hire and train a replacements
  • make up for a temporary loss of profits

Contact the experts at Cobb-Hall Insurance for innovative solutions to your business needs.

 Excerpts from 2017 Consumer Agent Portal LLC, All rights reserved 

Explaining Insurance to Value

Correct Insurance Valuation Prevents Claim Payment Penalties

Commercial Insurance is designed to protect your business from financial disaster.  Insuring your Value Price scale 3d word concept over whiteproperty with correct valuations is critical.

Two basic types of coverage on commercial policies are: 

Real property which includes the land, buildings, and permanently attached or installed machinery, equipment and outdoors fixtures.

Business Personal Property is a term used to describe property that can be easily moved, such office equipment and furniture.

Valuation of your property is determined by two different ways:

Replacement Cost as it sounds, is the amount needed to replace damaged or destroyed property. It is important to remember that replacement value is NOT the same as market value. The cost to restore your property to its condition prior to the loss is almost never the same as its purchase or sales price. Most commercial insurance policies protect commercial buildings for replacement cost. The valuation of the building is generally the amount needed to restore you property to its pre-loss status.

Actual Cash Value limits insurance loss payments to the amount your used item was worth if you were to sell it. Coverage on an ACV basis costs less because in the event of a claim, the cost to purchase all new furniture and office equipment is considerably more that the depreciated value of your old equipment.

Business Personal Property can be insured on a replacement OR Actual Cash Value basis, depending on your choice. It is important to note that the difference between replacement cost and actual cash value can present a huge financial difference in the event of a loss and need.

While many times, the valuation of the building is determined by size and construction material, there are additional choices concerning types of coverage and deductibles.

Let the experienced professionals at Cobb-Hall eliminate confusion and provide solutions designed specifically for your needs.

WAIT! Something Changed?

You Make Changes – Keep Your Insurance Up To Date

For your insurance to protect you properly, it may be important to update your coverage.Businessman trying to catch the train

Here is a list of  common changes that may require updating your insurance policies.  If you answer yes to any of the following questions, but have not made sure your policy has been updated, be sure to call your insurance agent.

  • Have you changed your address recently?
  • Is your home vacant or rented to someone else?
  • Have there been any changes to the name on your deed? (Trusts, Estates)
  • Have you improved, added on to your home or finished the basement?
  • Could there be over $5,000 in damage if water or sewer backed up in your basement?
  • Do you have items of value over $250? Special items may need to be listed “scheduled” on your policy. (jewelry, guns, camera, computer equipment, musical instruments, collectibles)
  • Do you own or rent property not listed on your policy?
  • Do you have a woodstove in your home?
  • Do you run a business or keep business property at your home?
  • Do you farm or sell produce/ livestock?
  • Are the liability limits on your policy adequate to protect all your assets?
  • Do you have vehicles or household residents not listed on your policy?
  • Do you have autos on your policy not titled to you?
  • Does your policy only list liability coverage, but you need coverage for damage to your vehicle?(Comprehensive, Collision)
  • Does your healthcare policy pay before your auto policy in case of injury due to an accident?
  • Do you have a company car?
  • Do you use your vehicle for business?
  • Do you choose NOT to wear a helmet when riding your motorcycle? (additional medical coverage required)
  • Do you own other vehicles not listed on your policy?(snowmobiles, golf carts, RV’s motorcycles, scooters, recreational vehicles, antique vehicles)
  • Is the amount of your life insurance less than double your annual salary?
  • Do you need life, health or disability coverage?

Contact the caring experts at Cobb-Hall Insurance for more details.

Cobb-Hall Insurance: Agency of the Year Award

Cobb-Hall Insurance is honored to be named Agency of the Year by National Underwriter Magazine.  Click link to read full article.    Cobb-Hall Insurance Agency of the Year

Coinsurance – What you don’t know CAN hurt you

Coinsurance Explained -What you need to know   

Most Business Insurance policies include a coinsurance clause for building and business personal Young man jumpingproperty coverage. Coinsurance creates an agreement between the policy owner and insurance company on the value of the insured property and the amount of insurance purchased.

The benefit is that coinsurance allows for lower insurance policy costs. But what you need to know is that IF the insurance purchased is less than the agreed percentage, the insured will be required to pay a portion of any losses.

Here is a simplified example: If a business is valued at $100,000 and there is an 80% coinsurance clause, the insured is required to purchase at least $80,000 of insurance.  If instead, the insured purchased $40,000, (half of what should have been purchased), the company will only pay half on losses.

Awareness of the percentage of your coinsurance clause, along with knowing the value of your building and property will provide the information needed to make the best decision to fit your needs.

Let the experienced professionals at Cobb-Hall eliminate confusion and provide solutions designed specifically for your needs.

 

Life Insurance Decision Guide

Life Insurance – How to Decide

Many people don’t know where they are going or how to get there when discussing life insurance.  yogi berra The following information can help you make decisions.

Basic Life Insurance Information

Whether you are married or single, a death can create financial hardship. Remember to consider expenses such as childcare, college, funeral expenses, and mortgage when determining your needs.

There are two basic types of life insurance: term life insurance and permanent life insurance. The type of life insurance policy that best suits you will depend on your unique needs.

Option #1: Term Life Insurance

Just as its name implies, term life insurance covers you for a specific period of time, or term, that you choose. Since it offers a death benefit but no cash value, term life insurance is an inexpensive way to protect your beneficiaries for a specified period of time.

Renewal term life insurance can be renewed at the end of the term, at the option of the policyholder for a limited number of successive terms. It can also be converted, or exchanged for a permanent insurance policy, down the road. It’s important to note that rates generally increase along with the insured’s age.

Option #2: Whole Life Insurance

Permanent life insurance is any form of life insurance other than term. Examples are whole life, universal life and variable life. These policies combine term life insurance with a long-term, tax-sheltered savings plan.

Whole life is the most basic type of permanent life insurance. It provides coverage that lasts a lifetime and builds up a cash value that you can borrow against, withdraw or use to pay future premiums.

A life insurance policy with a cash value is ideal for those who have a lifetime need for insurance protection, prefer stable premiums over the life of the policy, want a policy that allows them to build tax-deferred values, and value the high degree of coverage the policy affords. While rates for a whole life insurance policy remain stable over the life of the policy, premiums are initially more costly than for term insurance.

How Much Insurance Do I Need?

To find the right amount of coverage, it’s important to consider your dependents’ current lifestyle and needs against future sources of income and assets.

Contact the caring experts at Cobb-Hall Insurance for more details.

 

Cyber Liability

Data Breach Unsecured Warning Sign ConceptCyber Liability – Data Breach Protection

If you run payments or have sensitive client information you need to consider purchasing a cyber liability policy to protect you from the financial hardship of cyber losses

Nearly all businesses are susceptible to a cyber attack. Besides internet dangers, cyber attacks can also include computer hardware problems, communication media errors, backup and operating system errors and fraud. Your general liability policy may not cover cyber risks and include loss of control over sensitive customer data.

Common causes of cyber related losses include:

  • Human error: Unintentional acts such as leaving a laptop that has access to patient medical records at the airport.
  • Intentional: Illegal criminal activity can occur outside the organization by hackers or criminals, or come from inside the organization.

Cyber Risk Liability policies can be tailored to your needs and do not have to be expensive. Look for a policy that covers business interruption and other aspects like notifying customers of data breach and hiring a PR firm to manage your public image. Some of these policies can also assist you before you are cyber-attacked.

Contact the experienced professionals at Cobb-Hall Insurance to provide solutions designed specifically for your needs.

Excerpts from: Trusted Choice/ Independent Insurance Agents

Steps for Handling A Business Loss

What to do in Case of a Business Loss

At the time of a loss, sometimes it is difficult to know what steps to take.  Your insurance contract Emergency exit signsrequires that you report all claims promptly, so be sure to contact them as soon as possible after a loss. Once the insurance company assigns an adjuster, you will be able to deal directly with the adjuster to settle your claim.Your agent is there to help you, so if you have any delay or problem settling your claim, be sure to contact your agent.

Here are some tips to assist you in case of loss.

Property Claim

  • Contact proper authorities. (Fire Department, Police, Etc.)
  • Protect property from further damage.Contact: Utilities (gas, electric),                                      Contractor (board windows, cover hole in roof)
  • If possible, take photos of damage before emergency repairs are made.
  • Call your agent/insurance company to report the loss. An adjuster will be assigned.
  • Discuss the next steps with your adjuster. (what contractor to call, when to schedule repairs, etc.)
  • Be sure to keep a record of costs and retain receipts.

Automobile Claim

  • Contact the police.
  • Stay safe and out of traffic. Warn oncoming traffic if needed.
  • Check if medical assistance is needed. Call an ambulance if necessary.
  • Collect information: vehicles, drivers, address & phone numbers, license & plate numbers, insurance policy numbers, police report number, witness contact information, etc.
  • Call your agent/insurance company to report the loss.
  • If vehicle is not drivable, have it towed to a repair shop.
  • Discuss the next steps with your adjuster. Do not authorize repairs before the adjuster gives authorization.

Liability Claim- In the event of injury or property damage you allegedly cause

  • If injury is involved, provide assistance and call an ambulance and/or the police if necessary.
  • Obtain details: name, address, contact information for those involved, witnesses, description of event, etc.
  • Call your agent/insurance company to report the  incident.
  • Forward all correspondence, including attorney summons and court documents to the insurance company.
  • Refer all claim questions to your adjuster, including from the other party’s attorney.

Workers’ Compensation Claim

  • If injury is involved, provide assistance and call ambulance and/or police if necessary.
  • Obtain details: name, address, contact information of those involved, witnesses, description of event, etc.
  • Complete state-mandated accident reporting form (form 100). Contact your insurance company/agent to obtain this form.
  • Contact your Workers’ Compensation Insurance company or agent to report the incident.
  • Forward all correspondence, including attorney summons & court documents to the insurance company..
  • Follow instructions from your adjuster and refer all claim questions to your insurance adjuster.

Contact the professionals at Cobb-Hall Insurance to provide solutions for your business insurance needs.

Disability Income Insurance

Protect Yourself with Disability Income Insurance

When an illness or injury leaves someone temporarily or permanently unable to perform their job, Protecting Your Assetsmost people immediately begin to worry about how they will pay their bills. Few people could afford to be out of work for several months or even years without the benefit of disability benefits. Social Security can bring lengthy waiting periods or disqualification. For most workers, an individual disability policy is the best way to ensure adequate income in the event of serious illness or injury.

Disability Income coverage is especially important for self-employed or contract workers. With disability insurance, you can expect to receive up to 66% of your previous salary. However, disability benefits are not taxed, which often makes up for much of the lost income.

Short-term income protection insurance provides coverage for a limited amount of time, typically after a short waiting period of up to 14 days. You are then covered for the length of time specified in your policy, which can be from several months up to one year.

Long-term income protection covers injuries and illnesses that prevent you from working for a long period of time. There may be a longer waiting period before receiving benefits, but benefits can last for several years, until you reach age 65 or you recover.

The experienced professionals at Cobb-Hall Insurance can assist you with protections designed specifically for your needs.

Excerpts from post:  By Ryan Hanley , Trusted Choice.com., Agency Nation