Foy and Anita Taff

The Georgia Association of Public Insurance Adjusters will hold its Spring Meeting on May 14 in Atlanta. GAPIA is one of the hardest working public adjuster associations I have ever been associated with. Unfortunately, we will be without Foy Taff of Taff Claims Service.

I have no idea how Foy kept up with the energy of his wife and public adjusting partner, Anita Taff. Like so many public adjusting firms, Foy and Anita made their work a family public adjusting business which has now been ongoing for over 25 years. Foy always had a positive attitude and a friendly comment or question for me after I made a presentation. I will miss him.

The GAPIA Spring agenda is a full day and yours truly is really looking forward to being there and presenting. I originally promised GAPIA’s Executive Director Margie Butler to give a presentation and then a trial date involving a pier collapse claim on the Delaware River seemed to have me in an impossible conflict—so I brought in Merlin Law Group attorney Nicole Vincent from the bullpen to give my speech for me. As fate would have it, my case surprisingly settled last week, but Nicole Vincent just started her own trial in Atlanta. So, I am back on the mound with possibly no back up, if Nicole’s case does not conclude in time for her to be there.

Here is GAPIA’s Spring Conference agenda:

Session 1
9:30AM – 10:20AM
Chip Merlin, Merlin Law Group
A “Checklist Method” for Property Claims Adjustment—Preventing mistakes, not overlooking issues and ensuring compliance with best practices of claims practice

Session 2
10:40AM – 11:30AM
Donald J. Spradling, APEC Engineering and Laboratory
Techniques and technology for revealing window damage and causation

Lunch Guest Speaker
Kevin Dandridge,
11:40AM – 12:45PM
Required Life Safety Estimating Items Not To Be Overlooked

Session 3
1:00PM – 1:50PM
Michael Weinstein, MBW Law
Bad Faith Litigation: The Discovery Process

Session 4
2:00PM – 2:50PM
Panel Presentation Led by J. Remington Huggins, Huggins Law Firm, LLC
The In’s and Out’s of Insurance Appraisal

Session 5
3:20PM – 4:10PM
David Boohaker, McDonald Law Firm
Assignment of Benefits

Georgia public adjusters can obtain five hours of continuing education credit and here is the link to sign up.

Thought For The Day

Can miles truly separate you from friends… If you want to be with someone you love, aren’t you already there?
—Richard Bach

  • John Henderson

    Is the May 14 conference in Atlanta only for adjusters or can Restoration professionals attend?

    • John,

      I think it is open to the public because see there is a registration for the
      public. Too bad the PLRB run by insurance companies is not open to the
      public.

      Maybe you would want to call or write Margie Butler just to make certain.

  • Anita Taff

    Chip, I appreciate your kind words so very much, thank you! While you will be missed, this conference like previous GAPIA conferences will be packed with current, relevant information that public adjusters will be able to draw upon to improve their results. I look forward to seeing Nicole and her presentation.
    All licensed public adjusters, affiliates that support the public adjusting profession and sponsors are welcome.