Living where other people like to vacation sometimes comes at a cost. Hurricanes, violent thunderstorms and other natural disasters are part of living in the beautiful sub-tropical climate of South Florida. As a homeowner or business owner in the market, it’s important that your property is properly insured. And while it’s important to understand what your insurance policy covers, it’s equally as significant to understand what it doesn’t because many policies exclude certain types of loss.

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With the holidays deep in our rear view mirror and the summer hurricane season just around the corner, now is a really good time to take stock of your home, its contents and the insurance policies and coverage you have in place. While a regular review of the type and amount of insurance you carry is considered a best practice, when was the last time you actually looked at the stability of your carrier and its most basic compliance with insurance statutes and regulations?

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Water damage to your home or business is not fun. Everything from plumbing leaks to burst pipes, storm damage and sewage backups can compromise your property because of water. If your home or business suffers water damage, these are the top 5 things you can immediately do to protect your right to fair and just compensation.

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Five months after Hurricane Irma formed, fewer than half of its nearly 877,000 claims in Florida worth an estimated $7.2 billion have been closed with payment, state records show. More than 83 percent of the claims involve residential property, with most in South Florida according to information recently released by the state Office of Insurance Regulation.

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Implied in every insurance contract is the promise of “good faith and fair dealing,” which essentially means that the insurer must not harm your right to receive benefits under the policy. To comply with its promise to act in good faith, an insurance carrier must adhere to certain duties such as accurate communication, timely investigation or full payment of what is owed.

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