October, 2014

Liquor: Crunch Time for Liquor Liability

Fall festivals, Holiday parties, January 1st renewals….Autumn is always crunch time for the liquor liability market. Be prepared! Avoid the stress of late submissions and lapsed coverage, and get these submissions in early. We will begin to reach out shortly with renewal applications.

Early October is also a good time to remind clients to budget for a Temporary Event policy when planning their holiday gatherings.

Remember we have markets for almost all business that sell liquor…restaurants, bars, package stores, bowling alleys, BYOB establishments,  caterers, convenience stores…and more.

For more information about Liquor Liability Insurance, contact Colleen Lahna at 800.742.6363 or email clahna@massagent.com

WC: Change to eDelivery with The Hartford

Due to recent changes at The Hartford, the Number One Agency will no longer be mailing paper copies of the INSURED’s New Business Policies to your office.

As with the bulk of our communication, we will NOW EMAIL both the PRODUCER and INSURED copy to the contact on file at your office. We ask that you forward the INSURED version along and retain the PRODUCER copy for your records.

Need to know who to talk to about your WC accounts? Here's the contact information for the WC Team:

  • Number One Agency Phone: 800.742.6363 | Fax: 508.634.2930
  • New Business Submissions and Inquires:
    Barbara Lobdell, blobdell@massagent.com, ext. 362
  • Existing Business Service & Endorsement Inquires:
    Colleen Lahna, clahna@massagent.com, ext 361
  • New Business Quoting & Mail Delivery/Processing:
    Karen Tobin, ktobin@massagent.com.

Lawyers: Testing. Testing. 1, 2, 3...

Great rates offered by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions has changed the way our new business is rolling out the door. Our new business numbers are way up this year because pricing is more competitive for this excellent product in the LPL marketplace. Be sure to test our market.

Our program with Swiss Re Corporate Solutions provides Lawyers Professional Liability for law firms of 1-19 attorneys (as well as firms with 20+) in most practice areas including:

Real Estate, Corporate Law, Immigration, Family Law, Criminal, Taxation and more....

Advanced LPL Corner: Coverage Options When Dissolving a Firm

Contact Michelle St. Angelo for Lawyers Professional Liability submission guidelines, questions and new business submissions at 800.742.6363 or email at mstangelo@massagent.com.

E&O: E&O Every Which Way at the 2014 Big Event

 Timely and RelevantThe end of the calendar year is in sight and that means two things:

1. The Big Event is coming soon.
2. Time may be running out to earn your E&O Loss Control Credit. (Are you a 1/1 renewal?)

We recomend checking your files to see if your agency has satisfied your loss control credit guidelines. Studies show that agencies that take loss control have a lower incidence of claim reporting. And regardless of your E&O ex-date, The Big Event 2014 is offering more E&O classes than ever before and they come at an exceptional value.

Here’s a run-down of all the E&O programs that will be offered:

Thursday, November 6th:

  • All Day E&O Intensive - E&O 2014 (Approved for Swiss Re Corporate Solutions insureds).

Friday, November 7th:

Saturday November 8th:

Know Your Carrier's Loss Control Credit Guidelines:
Utica’s Requirements - Big Event Notes: Utica Policy Holders must take at least 3 hours of E&O programming to qualify. (For example combine Social Media 1 and or 2 with the Mock Trial or take Avoiding E&O Claims)

Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Requirements - Big Event Notes: Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Policy Holders are approved for the All Day Thursday Program E&O 2014 only.

Why it’s a deal?
The Big Event offers much more than just E&O. Attendees network with other insurance professionals, take part in the sold out Trade Show and have the ability to earn 15+ CE credits when attending the full convention. Attendees tell us that they return to the office refreshed and revitalized in their positions.

When E&O questions arise at your office, whether it's your policy, or the marketplace in general, we encourage you to contact Ellen Stoppel or Michelle St. Angelo in our E&O Department at 800.742.6363.

From the Staff at Number One....we want to congratulate the nominees for the 2014 Send Us Your CSR Star! contest. We wish the 10 Finalists the Best of Luck! You can see all the nominees here.

Flood: Stay Flood Savvy

Reminder that the 2014 NFIP Manual is now available online and takes effect Oct. 1, 2014. The manual is the primary guide for insurers and agents selling and servicing NFIP policies and is updated each year.

You may be interested…Tom Young, Region Bureau & Statistical Manager, National Flood Insurance Program will hold a session on Saturday, November 8th at MAIA’s Big Event.  His talk, “Effects of Grim-Waters on Biggert Waters” will run from 12:45 – 1:45pm and will address the “recently changed flood maps that have been or will be implemented throughout the east coast and numerous inland watersheds….a review of Biggert Waters and the Homeowners Flood Insurance Affordability Act will be provided.”

Get with The Program! Learn how our program with The Hartford makes things as easy for agents as possible ... with online quoting and new Live Chat feature. Make sure your agency is signed up under our program to take advantage of all these features and commission rates. For more information, contact Ann Tobin at 800.742.6363 or email atobin@massagent.com.

Please update our office when there are changes to your email address (or with your agency staff). Also, please remember to include an email contact when sending any new business submissions.

Keeping us informed helps us service you faster.

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