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Florida court says auto insurer must cover golf cart accident, p2

We are still talking about a recent Florida court of appeal decision in an auto insurance case. The decision is noteworthy because it involves golf carts -- specifically, a modified golf cart driven on a public road. Generally, the only way to get a golf cart to go above 20 miles an hour is to make some modifications. The owner of the insured in this case had done just that, ostensibly so he could drive on public roads.

Florida court says auto insurer must cover golf cart accident

It is impossible to ignore the fact that Baby Boomers are getting older. For Florida, a state dotted with retirement communities, this is good news. For Florida drivers, however, there is a distinct downside: Older drivers tend to have slower reflexes and slower reaction times behind the wheel, and, as a result, they are more likely to be in accidents. Baby Boomers grew up with their cars, though, so getting them to give up driving is an uphill battle.

Florida homeowners' insurance law under the microscope

When individuals in Miami purchase a home, whether it is their first or one in a long string of ownership, a requirement of most closings is homeowners' insurance. A homeowner will then consistently pay the monthly or yearly premium required under the policy.

Flood 1 causal link away from damage, leaves family apart

When you ask someone who lives in Miami what it is they love, they might say that the weather is fantastic, others may mention the culture and some may talk about the nightlife. But if there is one thing that everyone living on the coast of Florida shares, it is the threat of a hurricane.  

Florida homeowners insurance claims denied on flimsy grounds

Since so many aspects of life are unpredictable, Florida residents frequently take precautions by maintaining a homeowners insurance policy. When storms inflict damage or someone is injured on a person's property, insurers can provide much-needed support for homeowners.

Florida Supreme Court rules against insurance companies, p. 3

The Florida Supreme Court handed down three decisions settling insurance disputes on July 3, 2013. The cases were very different: One dealt with a reimbursement issue, another with an automatic benefit increase and the last with replacement cost coverage. In our last two posts, we reviewed the first two decisions. Here, we will tackle the third.

Young likely to skirt healthcare mandate under Affordable Care Act

The basic premise behind the Affordable Care Act is to reduce the overall cost of healthcare. The law precludes insurance carriers from denying coverage for preexisting conditions and it also allows younger individuals to remain on their parent's health insurance plans until they reach the age of 26.

Insurance protection while traveling

Insurance protection is always looked at as a necessary nuisance and expense-no one wants to buy it but we all understand it's needed in the event of certain circumstances. What's worse is not knowing whether our current coverage is enough or if additional protection is needed-particularly when we are traveling.

Florida Supreme Court rules against insurance companies

Insurance companies did not fare well in three recent Florida Supreme Court decisions. Two cases sprang from policyholder complaints, while the third involved a medical provider. If policyholders -- be they individuals or businesses -- take one thing away from these decisions, it should be to read every policy carefully.

A beneficiary is a beneficiary is a beneficiary, SCOTUS says, p.2

We are discussing a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the proceeds from a life insurance policy. The insured was covered under the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance plan, and when he passed away in 2008 his widow discovered that the named beneficiary on the policy was his ex-wife. The insurer distributed the proceeds to the ex-wife, and the widow sued.