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Why Won't My Insurer Accept My Friend Request?

Unless your insurance company is friends with you on Facebook, it probably isn't reading your thrice daily updates on your life. While most people don't want their insurer keeping daily tabs on them, it may be in your best interest to keep your insurance company informed. Failing to keep your insurer in the loop may cost you a lot of money. read more

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Working From Home

As we approach day 26,789 of the Covid-19 crisis, many of us have come to the realization that our "work from home" experiment is proving to be more permanent than we originally planned. Suits and ties have been replaced with sweats and t-shirts, the business attire "mullet" has been created for Zoom calls (business on top, leisure on the bottom), and desks have been replaced by comfy sofas. And, while many of us are adapting to this new normal, there are some insurance issues you may not have considered. read more

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Dance Like Nobody is Watching, But Email Like Everyone is Watching

You've probably all heard the saying, "dance like nobody is watching." It is likely hung on a friend's wall right now, just feet away from a Live, Laugh, Love sign. And, while I wholeheartedly support that sentiment, I offer some practical advice: email like everyone is watching. read more

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Time Keeps on Slippin', Slippin', Slippin'

As we enter the seventh year of this quarantine (feels like it doesn't, it?), we are now accustomed to offices, stores, etc. being closed. Cities, states, and the federal government have made numerous efforts to help with rent, mortgages, and other debt. Courts across the country are closed and many pending cases are frozen for the time being. Some courts are taking efforts to freeze the statute of limitations on certain claims while other courts have specifically dictated that statutes of limitation are NOT frozen. read more

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Don't Get Soaked by Flood Insurance

Last week I argued a case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. My client owns a hotel on the Oregon Coast. Several years ago, a hundred year storm flooded the lowest floor of the hotel. My client participated in the National Flood Insurance Program, which is a FEMA backed flood insurance program. The majority of the claim was denied because the bottom floor of the hotel was deemed to be a "basement." The insurance company also argued that the proof of loss, which was submitted by the insurance company's agent, was not timely. The District Court agreed with the insurance company and held that despite the insurance company's appointed agent taking control of the process, essentially my client should have ignored the insurance company's instructions. read more

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