Magazine article Black Enterprise

When It Rains, It Pours: Umbrella Insurance Shields Individuals from the Storm

Magazine article Black Enterprise

When It Rains, It Pours: Umbrella Insurance Shields Individuals from the Storm

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Most people have a great deal of assets, such as a secondary home, recreational vehicles, and boats. Unfortunately, we live in litigious society.

Therefore, "you need to have enough liability insurance to protect all of your assets if you are sued," says Carolyn Gorman, vice president of the Insurance Information Institute. "If your net worth is $500,000, you need that much insurance, and possibly more. If you are sued and do not have enough insurance, you will be forced to sell your property to come up with the award."

Umbrella insurance or personal liability insurance can help shield you from the storm of litigation. It provides individuals with an additional layer of liability protection over and above the coverage found in a homeowner's or auto insurance policy. Liability protection provides coverage when others are injured or have sustained damage to their property for which you are responsible.

In addition, "you won't have to face court alone. If you're sued over an incident covered under your personal umbrella policy, Allstate, for example, will retain and pay for an attorney to represent you in court," says Paul Leinheiser, personal umbrella policy product manager for Allstate Insurance Co. "Your coverage goes with you everywhere--including outside of the United States. It helps with gaps in coverage."

Umbrella policies also cover libel, negligence, plagiarism, slander, and defamation of character, which are not covered in standard policies according to WomensFinance. …

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