Knowledge Mondays – What is title?

Title refers to the right or ownership of a piece of property. When purchasing a property, you should receive clear title to the property at closing. Title will allow you, as the buyer, to have the right to use the property. When you purchase a property, you want to make sure that you are receiving clear title to the property. To protect yourself from any title defects that may arise, a clause should be included Read More

Knowledge Mondays – Homeowner’s Insurance Policy Period

What is a policy period? An insurance policy includes a policy period that states the time period in which your insurance policy will cover damages to your home. The start date on your policy is the date that your policy becomes effective and the end date is the last day that your insurance company will provide coverage for any damages that occur to your home. It is imperative that you are aware of your Read More

Knowledge Mondays – Do You Know What Your Insurance Deductible Is?

When choosing a homeowner’s insurance policy to protect your property, it is important to understand the deductible that is included. A deductible is the amount of money that you as a homeowner are responsible for paying in case of a loss. Almost every homeowner’s policy includes a regular deductible that is either a specific dollar amount or a percentage of the total amount that your house is insured for. This Read More

Caselaw Wednesdays – Reside: What Does It Mean?

Policies of insurance typically contain a section describing what the insurance covers as well as certain definitions. In most common policy forms, there is a section similar to the below: COVERAGE A-Dwelling We cover: 1. The alterations, appliances, fixtures and improvements which are part of the building contained within the “residence premises”; 2. Items of real property which pertain exclusively to Read More

Knowledge Mondays – What Does Homeowners Insurance Cover?

Although homeowners insurance is important, many Americans do not know what it is and what it covers. The most common policy sold to homeowners is the HO 3 policy form, or as it is generally known, an all risks form. While the form varies by company, generally, an HO 3 policy will cover damage to property unless it is specifically exempted or excluded. Common exclusions in an HO 3 form are: Flood;Earth Read More

Caselaw Wednesday – Res Judiwho?

Recently, the Third District Court of Appeal here in Florida decided any interesting issue regarding cases where lawsuits are filed by a remediation company under an assignment of benefits and also by an insured. In Brito v. Heritage[1], the Britos filed suit against Heritage to recover damages associated with their roof. A mold testing company also filed suit seeking to recover the cost of their invoice, billed Read More

So you think you have hurricane damage?

As Hurricane Dorian edges the coast of Florida, the potential for damage to property lessens by the day. However, winds from outer bands of the storm coupled with strong downpours of rain has the potential to create property damage. Many homeowners policies now include language in their provisions that limit the coverage for damage caused by rain unless an opening is created by a "covered peril." What that means, Read More

Be Prepared – Before and After a Hurricane

As Hurricane Dorian approaches Florida, it is critical that property owners and business owners prepare for possible damage caused by the storm and the inevitable claim with their insurance company. Before the storm Take photographs or video of the entire property to show the pre-loss condition. These photos become critical in showing the insurance company what was actually damaged after a storm. Keep a copy Read More

Timing is key with prompt notice

As we get ready for Hurricane season, many homeowners buy supplies in order to prepare for a loss, but how soon should you alert your insurance provider if a loss does occur? In Florida, Insureds must provide prompt notice to their insurance carriers. It is well settled, however, that “prompt” and other comparable phrases, like “immediate” and “as soon as practicable,” do not require Read More

Tips for first time buyers

Buying a home could be the biggest purchase of one's life, and arguably the most nerve-wrecking. The good news is you're not alone. For many Floridians who wish to make a purchase for the first time, they feel the same. In light of that, we gathered a few tips in order to help with the experience of not only buying a house, but also buying a home. Set a budget Before looking for a home, a budget has to be set. Read More