Merlin Law Group Attorney Mary Fortson celebrated her 20th year in our firm last week. In the summer of 2008, she met with Texas public adjusters Art Jansen and Jim Beneke about re-establishing the Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (TAPIA). Today, TAPIA has 100 paid members.
Continue Reading Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Conference Features Adjustment Issue of Storm, Flood, and Water Claims

The Round-up: The Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (“TAPIA”) has lassoed and corralled a great group of speakers and events that you absolutely will not want to miss this fall in Fort Worth. If you register by August 31st, members will only have to “pony-up” $149 and non-member, first timers $195. If you don’t have a bed roll or pup-tent to pitch, early registration is already open at Embassy Suites Downtown Fort Worth at 600 Commerce Street. You can save a nickel at Embassy Suites if you register by September 16th and mention “TAPIA” to get a TAPIA rate. Register either on line or call (817) 332-6900.
Continue Reading Yee-Haw!! Meet Your Tapia Cowpoke Friends in the Cowtown Capital of Texas—Fort Worth—For the Fall Conference October 15-17, 2019

Attorney Rene Sigman speaking at the TAPIA 2018 Fall Conference
Attorney Rene Sigman speaking at the TAPIA 2018 Fall Conference

Last week at the Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjuster (TAPIA) Fall Conference, Rene Sigman made the most dramatic speech ever at a public adjuster conference—and did it twice in one day. She stood up to a Texas politician railing about his constituents being harmed by bad laws and bad faith insurance companies. She called him out for voting against policyholders.
Continue Reading Rene Sigman is a Rebel with a Cause—Stopping Laws and Regulations That Harm Policyholders

TAPIA’s Fall 2016 Conference returns this week to San Antonio’s Menger Hotel. All Texas public adjusters should come join in the education, networking, and fun!

In addition to all the other informative presentations, Evan Wolfe and I will present “Fresh Perspectives on Claim Preparation/Preparing Files For Litigation Success” on Thursday.


Continue Reading TAPIA 2016: Come See “Fresh Perspectives On Claim Preparation/Preparing Files For Litigation Success”

HAAG’s chief engineer and owner, Tim Marshall, made at least 25% of his personal income from State Farm and was designated as an "impartial" appraiser. If you were his mother, sister or relative, would you think somebody making 25% of their income from another party was "impartial?" Just apply the Golden Rule when thinking about these issues.


Continue Reading Do Insurance Companies Hiring Haag Engineering Follow the Golden Rule? Come To The TAPIA Conference and Find Out!

It is not too late to register for the Spring 2015 Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Conference. Come to Dallas February 18 and 19 to participate in a wonderful continuing education conference Merlin Law Group is pleased to co-sponsor.


Continue Reading Public Adjusters See Behind the Curtain at Texas Conference Next Week – Register Now for TAPIA 2015 Spring Conference

Steve Badger has been getting a lot of “word of mouth” discussion by roofers, public adjusters and policyholder attorneys. Next Wednesday afternoon at the TAPIA conference in Austin, I will be on a panel with Steve discussing many ethical issues involving claims adjustment. It has generated a lot of questions, comments and controversy.


Continue Reading Steve Badger versus Chip Merlin at TAPIA Next Wednesday

My last blog provided a few tips for making the NET Work at TAPIA. I just did my self-assessment and believe I had a great conference. Here’s what I asked myself:

  • Did I learn anything new?
  • Did I hit my networking targets?
  • Did I get his/her business card?
  • Will they remember meeting me?
  • Did I plan a follow up meeting?
  • Did I make the NET-Work?


Continue Reading The 2014 TAPIA Spring Conference Net Really Worked