FAQ: What does ‘Licensed, Bonded and Insured’ Mean?

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If you’ve ever looked for a business to perform any type of homebuilding, renovation or repair project, you’ve come across the term “licensed, bonded and insured.” In this post, Long Island Insurance Executive, Gregg S. Marcus, explains what it means to be licensed, bonded and insured. The federal government contracts require contractors to be bonded and insured, to reduce the financial risk. House cleaning services, moving companies and pet sitting companies are bonded and insured in case any thievery, accident or other damage caused by the company.

Licensed
For certain professions, a license is necessary to show that you’re competent and permitted to conduct business in the city, municipality, or state in which the license was issued. Generally, to be licensed in a field means that the person has completed a certain amount of education and training, been rigorously tested on this knowledge, and been approved by the state to perform the type of work on which they were tested on. In most cases it also means that the person must keep up with current information and advances within his field through continuing education in order to maintain the license. Consumers can look up a business’ performance history in most states through the Better Business Bureau using their license number.

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3 Things to Consider When Looking at Business Insurance Companies

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“For many business owners, their business is their livelihood.” Gregg S. Marcus, a Long Island Insurance Executive. “Businesses must be protected, from the employees to the building structure the business is housed in.” Choosing the right insurance company can be a daunting task. Here are some things to consider when making this big decision:

1. Accessibility & Stability
Having an insurance company with a physical location near your business is important. If you choose an insurer that is not based locally, make sure that they are registered to sell insurance in your state. Has the insurance company been in business a long time? Check their reputation: ask for references from happy customers, and ask those customers for additional references.

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HOW TO: Save Money On Your Driving Expenses

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A car’s upkeep doesn’t need to break the bank. By making a few changes, you could save hundreds or more over the course of the year. In this post, Gregg S. Marcus, a Long Island Insurance Executive shares litter changes that you can make to shave down the cost of your driving expenses.

Maintenance
Always follow the maintenance schedule that is recommended for your car. If you are diligent with maintenance, you will avoid paying for unnecessary service such as a transmission fluid change.

Gasoline
Every time you rev your engine, your gas consumption increases drastically. This can lead to a decrease in your vehicles fuel economy by as much as two miles per gallon. With prices so high, it makes sense to stay at the speed limit and avoid passing on the highway. Also avoid leaving your car idling for a long period of time.

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Preparing Your Car for the Colder Weather

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We’ve already had our first snow of the season and we are less than a month away from the official start of winter. As a Long Island Insurance Executive, Gregg S. Marcus wants to make you’re your car is prepared for this change in weather. The colder temperatures can be rough on any automobile, although newer models are designed to withstand the colder weather. Here are some tips to help keep your car in the best shape for the winter months ahead:

Check the oil
When the outside temperature drops, it will also affect the internal temperature of the car’s engine. If you live where temperatures can go below freezing you should switch to a thinner less viscous oil then you use during the summer months. Refer to your vehicle’s owner’s manual for specific information for your particular car.

Check the battery
A car battery can die at any time without notice. Exceptionally cold temperatures can reduce a car battery’s life by up to 50 percent.

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FAQ: What is the Difference between Workers’ Compensation and Disability Insurance?

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“This is a question that a lot of people, including many small employers, don’t know the answer to,” says Gregg S. Marcus, a Long Island Insurance Executive. “Many are under the impression that disability insurance and workers’ compensation are the same thing. Although they are similar in benefits, there are fundamental differences.” By understanding the differentiation between the two, you will be more prepared in the case of a major financial loss due to inability to work because of injury.

Workers’ Compensation
Essentially, workers compensation insurance is a “no fault” claim. This means that in exchange for an employee’s waiver of the right to file a suit against an employer, the employee’s medical expenses are paid by the employer’s insurance company until the situation is resolved and the employee returns to work.

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3 Ways to Accelerate Your Auto Claim and Repairs

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Being in a car accident is the last thing anyone wants to go through. It can be a stressful experience, but the auto claim process does not need to be. The faster your claim is reported and repairs are resolved, the faster you can get back on the road and put the accident behind you. In this post, Gregg S. Marcus, a Long Island Insurance Executive,  shares three things you can do to accelerate your auto claim and the repair process when working with your insurer.

Report the accident immediately
Whether you or the other driver is at fault, you will need to report the accident to your insurance company. This helps your insurer get a head start on the claim. The quicker the paperwork gets started, the quicker it will be reolved. Many insurance companies allow you to report a claim online or using a Smartphone app. You can also call your agent on the phone to report the claim. Your insurance card will contain the name and phone number of your insurance agent in case of emergency.

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Essentials in any Travel Insurance Policy

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Travel insurance is a vital part of any travel plans, helping to ensure your safety, wellbeing and financial security if things go wrong. A travel insurance policy not only protects you while you are away but also before you leave. If you are planning to travel abroad or even domestically, it is important to think ahead and protect yourself before leaving. In this post, Gregg S. Marcus, a Long Island Insurance Executive, discusses the importance of travel insurance and the most important features of any travel insurance policy.

Many say that travel insurance is unnecessary, as it is included within your own medical, auto or home insurance or via certain credit cards. This is simply untrue. While some travel insurance coverage may be included with these policies, they may not reimburse when travels need to cancel or interrupt a trip or a close family member becomes ill. There is also no obligation on the part of airlines, cruise lines, hotel or tour operators to reimburse non-refundable deposits or pre-payments if travelers need to cancel their trips due to a natural disaster. Below are important features of any good travel insurance policy:

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HOW TO: Properly Insure your Business

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There are risks in any endeavor and a business is no different. According to the Insurance Information Institute, 25% of businesses that close their doors due to disaster never open them again. The process of selecting the proper insurance for your business may be daunting, but it is of the utmost importance! “Before you officially start your business, you must be covered,” says Gregg S. Marcus, a Long Island Insurance Executive, “If a disaster does strike your business, you won’t be able to rebuild without preparation.”

The most common type of package policy for business owners is the business owner’s policy or BOP. BOPs often include property insurance, vehicle coverage, liability insurance, flood insurance, business interruption insurance, and crime insurance. Depending on the type of business you own, you may need to purchase additional coverage.

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Road Rules to Keep Your Teen Driver Safe

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Did you know that one in five teenage drivers is involved in a crash within their first year of driving? Also, nearly half of the fatal crashes involving 16-year old drivers were single vehicle crashes. Many of these involved teens using their cell phones while driving. These statistics are very scary, especially for parents of teen drivers. It is always important to give your newly licensed teen driver a few safety rules to follow whenever they hit the road, so you can feel secure turning over the keys. Gregg S. Marcus, a Long Island Insurance Executive  shares some driving tips to keep your teen driver safe on the road:

Buckle up!
Seat belts saved nearly 13,000 lives in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Remind your teenager again and again how important that single little click can be. Statistics show that seat belt usage is lowest among teenagers, even though seat belts continue to be proven as the No. 1 life-saving device in accidents. Make sure your teen wears a seatbelt at all times, and set a good example by always wearing yours.

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Losses Not Covered By Automotive Collision Insurance

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Collision is an optional component of an automobile insurance policy. It is purchased to cover damage to or destruction of an automobile. This coverage applies when there is damage to a vehicle caused by a crash with another vehicle, or object, or even with the road or roadbed. Collision is basically set aside to deal with the cost of repairing your own car, so the scope of exactly what it covers is limited. Gregg S. Marcus, a Long Island Insurance Executive  explains what losses would not be covered by collision.

The scope of what collision coverage takes care of is limited. Here are some circumstances where collision would NOT apply:

Damage to other party’s vehicle
The loss to another party’s car is covered by your liability coverage and not under collision. If it is alleged that you are responsible, your insurance carrier investigates the facts of the crash through statements from all drivers, passengers and witnesses, an on-scene investigation of the accident location, inspection of the damages to all vehicles and any other unique elements of the event. When all the facts are in, your adjuster contacts the other party’s adjuster, and each of them presents the case, on behalf of their “insured”, to the other.

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