At Stovall Marks Insurance, we understand that insurance can be frustrating. Most people do not understand what types of insurance they need or the limit of coverages; therefore, we have provided this special section of Insurance Resources, which should provide you with a better understanding of personal, life, and business insurance. Our agents are available to answer any questions and assist you in choosing the insurance coverage best suitable for your needs.
A: Follow these steps: Call your insurance agent as soon as possible, regardless of who is at fault. Find out whether you're covered for this loss. Even if the accident appears minor, it is important that you let your insurance company know about the incident.
Ask your agent or company representative how to proceed and what forms or documents are needed to support your claim. Increasingly, companies allow you to monitor the progress of your claim on their website.
A: Auto insurance protects you against financial loss if you have an automobile accident. It is a contract between you and the insurance company. You agree to pay the premium and the insurance company agrees to pay your losses as defined in your policy.
A: NO! Almost every state requires you to have auto liability insurance. All states also have financial responsibility laws. This means that even in a state that does not require liability insurance, you need to have sufficient assets to pay claims if you cause an accident. If you don't have enough assets, you must purchase at least the state minimum amount of insurance. But insurance exists to protect your assets. Trying to see how little you can get by with can be very shortsighted and dangerous. If you've financed your car, your lender may require comprehensive and collision insurance as part of the loan agreement.
A: A standard homeowner's insurance policy includes four essential types of coverage. They include:
- Coverage for the structures on the property
- Coverage for your personal belongings.
- Legal liability protection.
- Additional living expenses in the event you are temporarily unable to live in your home because of a fire or other insured disaster.
A: Would you be able to remember all the possessions you've accumulated over the years if they were destroyed by a fire? Having an up-to-date home inventory will help you get your insurance claim settled faster, verify losses for your income tax return and help you purchase the correct amount of insurance.
Start by making a list of your possessions, describing each item and noting where you bought it and its make and model. Clip to your list any sales receipts, purchase contracts, and appraisals you have. For clothing, count the items you own by category -- pants, coats, shoes, for example –- making notes about those that are especially valuable. For major appliance and electronic equipment, record their serial numbers usually found on the back or bottom.
A: You need life insurance if anyone depends on your income. In such cases, life insurance solves many personal and business financial problems.
Personal needs: If you are a young parent, you may need life insurance on your own life to enable a surviving spouse to raise the children. When you are older, you may need life insurance if you are financially responsible for an aging parent or want to provide funds to take care of final expenses, debts or taxes.
A general rule suggests buying protection equivalent to FIVE TO EIGHT TIMES YOUR ANNUAL INCOME. Your needs may vary according to your financial assets and liabilities.
A: To help you decide how much and what type of life insurance you need, you have to evaluate your family's financial needs.
Organize your family's financial information and estimate what your family would need after you have died and are no longer producing income. Include ongoing expenses such as day-care, tuition costs and retirement savings, as well as immediate expenses at death such as medical bills, burial costs and estate taxes.
You should also count on additional money to help your family readjust to the changed situation. For example, the family may want to move to another home or your spouse may need to be retrained for another job to support the family.
As a general rule, you should buy protection equivalent to five to eight times your annual income. But your needs will vary greatly according to your financial assets and liabilities, income potential and level of expenses.
A: While you can certainly get good insurance products from most insurance companies, independent insurance agencies like Stovall Marks Insurance offer several benefits that agents representing a single insurance company cannot give you. Here are a few of those benefits:
- More Choices
We represent many insurance companies, allowing us to give you more options. We can compare prices and coverage options to find the best insurance solution for you. Plus, we can often offer specialized insurance products that may be offered only through certain insurance providers.
As your life changes, we can adjust your insurance coverage to meet the new needs, even if this means changing your insurance carrier. You get the coverage you need without having to start all over with a new agent.
- We are Local
Stovall Marks Insurance was established in 1972. We know the community well and understand the local nuances that need to be taken into consideration when it comes to purchasing insurance. Plus, there is a benefit in having a local agent that you can meet with face-to-face.
- Added-Value Services
We provide extra services above beyond selling insurance and processing claims. Our agents work with businesses to help them prepare for insurance audits and to regularly evaluate their insurance needs. For customers who need to make a claim, they know that they can call their agent or come to the office rather than struggling through an automated system. After the claim, our agents follow up with the customer to ensure that the claim was handled properly. These are just a few of the personal services we are able to offer as an independent insurance agent.