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Florida’s Citizens Property Insurance Corporation Goes to War Against Its Policyholders

Since the last serious hurricane seasons of the mid-2000s, Citizens Insurance Corporation has spent $2.7 billion in legal fees in litigation against its own policyholders. Furthermore the Florida Legislature has given Citizen’s a free pass to abuse its customers. Citizens was granted immunity from the bad faith laws, which are supposed to protect the consumer […]

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Advocate Claims Public Adjusters Helps Homeowner With Insurance Claim

Steve Venook, owner of Advocate Claims Public Adjusters, is featured in the video below explaining the difference between he amount that insurance companies usually pay to settle an insurance claim, and the amount that they SHOULD be paying.

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Advocate Claims Public Adjusters In The News Discussing The Vanishing Act

There’s a disturbing nationwide trend of insurance companies chipping away at coverage for homeowners, says Amy Bach, executive director of the nonprofit United Policyholders consumer group. She says she’s disturbed by what she sees as policies becoming less adequate. “We have been working on a number of fronts to try to reverse this tide, while […]

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Advocate Claims In The News Sharing Steps You Can Take To Avoid Problems Later

Shop around for repair estimates. Policyholders don’t have to use a contractor or repair shop recommended by their insurer. Some contractors don’t agree to be on an insuer’s preferred list because they want to deal directly with homeowners, not the insurer’s claims department. Request warranties or guarantees in writing with details about the time, materials […]

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Pet Oxygen Masks Can Save Animals’ Lives in Fires

Firefighters in Ocala, Fla., found Hanna, a 2-year-old Siamese cat, lying in a smoky bedroom, unconscious and not breathing. Believing her dead, they carried the cat outside. Then Hanna moved her head.   Firefighter Eric Morton recalls rubbing her belly and giving her oxygen through a mask designed for people. Without a proper fit to […]

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Allstate Profit More Than Doubles as Claims Costs Fall

Allstate Corp. (ALL), the largest publicly traded U.S. auto and home insurer, said fourth-quarter profit more than doubled on lower costs tied to catastrophes. The company advanced in extended trading. Net income rose to $724 million, or $1.43 a share, from $296 million, or 55 cents, a year earlier, the Northbrook, Illinois-based insurer said today […]

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Miami lawmaker: Citizens insurance should cut millions in costs before raising premiums

Citizens Property Insurance spent more than $2.4 billion over five years on legal costs for claims. That’s according to information obtained by Rep. Frank Artiles, R-Miami, who criticized the state-run insurer for fighting claims, saying it’s “subsidizing the legal community.” In a letter to the Sun Sentinel, Artiles said that Citizens’ should not be spending […]

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Another Florida Insurer Folds: HomeWise in Tampa

HomeWise Insurance, which merged with First Home Insurance in June, is going out of business and its policies will be transferred to Homeowner’s Choice Property & Casualty Insurance, a third Florida-based insurer. Read More  

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Citizens Property Insurance Considers Shrinking

Citizens Property Insurance’s board gave an early green light late Monday to recommendations to help the state-backed insurer downsize its size and financial risk to Floridians. Many of the proposals would allow it to shrink and effectively raise rates without changing any laws. Some require legislation but it’s unlikely lawmakers will approve a property insurance […]

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Rick Scott: Citizens Board to Help Solve Issues

Gov. Rick Scott wants the board overseeing Citizens Property Insurance Corp. to help solve some issues plaguing the state-backed insurer. Read More  

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