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Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #58

ACA Grandfathering Disclaimer. According to the Wall Street Journal (Nov. 6, 2013), the first E&O suits have been filed against an insurance company for allegedly misleading a consumer into changing their health insurance deductible and thereby obviating the grandfathering clause …

Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #57

Review Renewals. While my recommendation to review renewals might seem so simple that even mentioning it might seem like I’m scratching the bottom of the barrel, I am writing this recommendation because I am seeing too many agencies that are …

Mexico Broker AER Joins Brokerslink in Expansion Move

Independent insurance broker network Brokerslink announced that it has gained a new member in the key Monterrey corporate market in Mexico with the addition of broker AER as a member. Brokerslink’s bulletin described Monterrey as a “key corporate market in …

Why Agencies Need to Pay More Attention to Insurer Insolvency

A myth is sneaking into the industry that insurer insolvency is not as important today. Belief in this myth is important to many entities. To put it more simply, a number of companies, agencies, and other firms benefit if less …

Montana’s Sen. Tester Awarded Big ‘I’s’ Legislator of the Year 2013

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) has been named the Gerald Solomon-IIABA Legislator of the Year for 2013 by the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (the Big “I”). The award was presented Tuesday during the annual Leadership Luncheon, just …

Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #56

Personal Lines Quote Sheets. In most agencies, CSRs base their personal lines quotes off the data gathered per their quote sheets. Two common problems exist using quote sheets. The first is many agencies’ quote sheets are inadequate. The questions are …

Business Risk Partners, LIU Launch New E&O Policy Form for Agents, Brokers

Program administrator Business Risk Partners (BRP) has launched a new insurance agents and brokers professional liability form through Liberty International Underwriters (LIU), a division of Liberty Mutual Insurance. It’s the first major policy upgrade since 2008, when BRP and LIU …

Burand’s Agency E&O Blog: Tip #55

Fees & Agency’s Standard of Care. An agency’s Standard of Care requirement has many moving parts and variables. Simple answers generally do not exist because the applicable standard is case and fact specific. However, a key to making the agency’s …

Technical and Medical Device Convergence Exposes New World of Risks

When the acclaimed television drama series Homeland climaxed with a devious plot by terrorists to kill America’s vice-president by hacking into his electronic pacemaker, critics mocked the ludicrousness of the idea deeming it as simply far-fetched fiction. However, the storyline …

Survey: Who’s Worth What in the Independent Agency System?

For the second year in row, salaries and total compensation rose in independent insurance agencies across the nation. That’s according to Insurance Journal’s annual Agency Salary Survey 2014. This year all levels of agency personnel averaged between a 2 percent …