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Who needs a Personal Umbrella policy?

By November 14, 2022Personal Insurance

While it’s difficult to pinpoint the monetary consequences of the risks you and your family take each day, are you certain your current Liability insurance offers you enough protection?

The Basics

If you are found to be legally responsible for injuring someone or damaging their property without a Personal Umbrella Liability insurance policy, anything beyond the limits of your Standard Liability insurance coverage will come out of your own pocket. Standard Liability insurance generally includes Homeowners, Renters, Auto, and Watercraft policies.

A Personal Umbrella Liability policy provides an extra layer of insurance coverage over your Standard Liability policies. It protects your personal assets by kicking in when your Standard Liability coverage is exhausted.

Who needs one?

At BCF Group, we recommend that everyone should consider carrying an Umbrella policy. If you engage in a high-risk activity or hobby that increases your odds of getting sued—such as having a teenage driver, owning a swimming pool, or entertaining frequently—it is wise to supplement your insurance with a Personal Umbrella Liability policy.

How much do you need?

You’ll want to take into consideration not only your total personal assets but also your potential personal risks. For example, do you operate a business in your home and have employees and clients to your home on a regular basis? Does your profession or the location of your home make you an easy target for a big settlement? Together, we can determine your personal risks to evaluate the amount of additional Liability coverage that makes the most sense for you.

Umbrella policy coverage starts at $1 million and can go as high as $10 million. I would be happy to discuss your personal needs with you to determine the correct amount of coverage for your family.

Are Personal Umbrella policies expensive?

Additional Liability insurance is inexpensive when compared with the added coverage you gain. Depending on the policy value and your personal risk factors—such as recent auto tickets, your credit rating, and more—a $1 million Umbrella policy typically costs less than a dollar a day. Costs go up an additional $50 to $75 for each million thereafter.

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