Nicole Vinson

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Hurricane Irma Mandatory Evacuations Taken Seriously by Tampa Bay Area and Merlin’s Tampa Office

On Friday, I took a deposition from our Tampa office via video conference questioning an adjuster in Charlotte. At about 1:45 pm, Erin Dunnovant rushed in our boardroom to tell me the office building and our entire area was being evacuated. I had to suspend the deposition and grab my computer. Opposing counsel said they … Continue Reading

Essential Property Insurance Coverage Information Withheld from Consumers

An April 2017 report by United Policyholders reveals the state rankings of homeowner insurance protections that impact buying insurance. The research revealed that many major insurance companies and many states withhold coverage and policy provisions from consumers during the purchase. These same companies and states also withhold payment information.… Continue Reading

Property Claim Help – a Click Away

This post is dedicated to one thing: the Florida Consumer Claim Complaint form. If you have property in Florida that is damaged and you feel the claim is not being handled in the correct way by your insurer or something is not quite right, please log your complaint with the State. Without filing a consumer … Continue Reading

Personal Property Inventory Valuation Matters

Have you ever tried to determine the value of everything you own? It is not an easy task, and as time goes on you accumulate more personal property items, the task gets even more difficult. Valuation is a critical part of an insurance claim, and a recent court ruling considered an insureds unrelated bankruptcy in … Continue Reading

Did You Miss the Hurricane Matthew Meeting with Florida CFO Jeff Atwater?

We almost did too, because of the lack of notice and advertisement. But Lynn McCartney from the Florida Justice Association emailed the information to us just in time. Here is the Nov. 30th press release: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 30, 2016 Contact: Ashley Carr, CFO Atwater (850) 413 – 2842 Contact: Amy Bogner, Commissioner Altmaier … Continue Reading

National Conference for Public Adjusters Coming Very Soon: December 8-10

The National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters will host their Mid-Year Conference in beautiful Palm Beach, Florida. The conference will begin on Thursday, December 8th and conclude mid-day on Saturday, December 10th. Having the National Association host this conference in South Florida is a wonderful opportunity and public insurance adjusters should join NAPIA and network … Continue Reading

Five Reminders for Licensed Public Adjusters in Florida

At the recent annual FAPIA conference, a dedicated course specific to public adjusters was presented for the five-hour Law and Ethics Update Course. Every Florida public adjuster must take a course of this duration on these topics during their two-year cycle and this course was specific to public insurance adjusters. If you missed it, you … Continue Reading

Hurricane Matthew Updates Via Email

If you or your clients have suffered a flood loss, it is critical that the proof of loss is properly filled out and promptly submitted. In recent seminars, Chip Merlin has addressed Hurricane Matthew damages caused by both wind and flood. In the seminars he specifically details how handling flood losses differ greatly from handling … Continue Reading
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