National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters

My mother, Alice Merlin, used to try to give me great life advice. One was:

Chip, who are your closest friends you are hanging out with? Do they represent your values and where you want to go in life? Don’t hang out with the bad kids. 

Alice Merlin was right. She is still right today. I would suggest we all think about Alice’s suggestion. 

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Chris Aldrich and I first met following Superstorm Sandy in 2012. I was still getting my bearings straight along the devastated New Jersey shore when Chris offered to take me on a tour. Getting a tour with a first responder was a little different because he was an eyewitness to the destruction and knew the story behind the story of what happened. 

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Appraisal is a dominant form of dispute resolution for first-party property insurance losses throughout the United States. While at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) I was provided a White Paper1 the Association produced in 2019, which is something I suggest everybody in the appraisal business read. Some views, especially the view against contingent contracts for appraisers, are not in agreement by all public adjusters throughout the country. Yet, the philosophy and views are important because they are expressed by the oldest longstanding association of public adjusters in the United States. The purpose of the White Paper is an effort by NAPIA “to safeguard the integrity of the appraisal process, which plays an important role in resolving first party claims.”
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The National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) held a wonderful mid-year meeting last week in Orlando. I have often said that if you want to be in a room with the best insurance coverage experts at the same time, go to the mid-year and annual meetings of NAPIA .
Continue Reading Bill Wilson Teaches How To Argue For Coverage at NAPIA—What is RTFP?

Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting (UPPA) has become the predominant discussion among public adjusters at virtually every public adjuster association meeting I attend. Brian Goodman, general counsel for the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA), said that UPPA is now the most important issue facing public adjusters because licensing of the profession is accepted in almost every state and even recognized in Model Legislation with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.

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The National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters is the oldest public adjusting organization in the United States. Its membership has most of the finest, knowledgeable and experienced insurance claims adjusters representing policyholders in this country. I gave my first speech to this organization in 1985 and ever since then, I have always learned something significant from NAPIA sponsored events about insurance claim handling that adds to my understanding of property insurance. The NAPIA Annual Convention is a "cannot miss" event if you want to learn from the best of the best.

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