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Homeowners Insurance: Waupun, Oshkosh & Plymouth, WI

What is usually covered by homeowners insurance packages

As a consequence of all the advances made in technology, the climate changes, and the political issues that are happening nowadays, people tend to ensure everything they own. Maybe the most important thing that they have to ensure is their home. This is where homeowners insurance come in hand.
Home insurance packages nowadays cover damage caused by all sorts of factors. Here we can include, among many other factors, fire, hail, windstorm, lightning, theft or vandalism. Most of the insurance packages nowadays do not cover earthquake and flood damage, but you can add them to your insurance, in exchange of an extra sum of money that you will be required to pay.
The usual insurance package includes benefits like:
• Dwelling coverage, which covers the costs of repairing your house including plumbing, electrical wiring, and also heating systems. Keep in mind to buy enough coverage to pay for the damage in case of an unfortunate event that may affect your home.
• Personal property coverage. This pays for the items you have stored in the house, and got damaged, such as furniture, appliances, and even clothes.
• Other structure coverage, covers the costs of adjacent buildings that are located near the house, and can get affected by any cause, such as garages, fences, and even cottages.
• Liability insurance, helps you by paying for any lawsuit that may occur because you or other family member is responsible for injuring other people, or cause damage to their property.
If you think that this is not enough for you, you can always buy extra coverage from your insurance company to help you fulfill all your needs. There are insurance companies that offer homeowners insurance packages even on the internet, or in areas such as Fond Du Lac, Ripon, Waupn, Oshkosh, and Plymouth.

Auto Insurance: Ripon, Plymouth, Waupun, WI

Does your auto insurance package cover these…?

Everyone knows that nowadays having a auto insurance can be very helpful, in case of any unfortunate event such as a car accident. Even though these insurance packages seem to be very expensive, because of the increase in the number of companies that offer such service, they are now affordable for almost everyone. Another consequence of the increase in their number is that now you can get ensured in almost any country of the world, including areas such as Fond Du Lac, Ripon, Waupn, Oshkosh, and Plymouth.
Car insurance is so important that in many countries over the world, it has become mandatory by law. There are lots of insurance policies that cover almost everything, and when you want to sign one you should be very careful.

Some of the insurance policies that all of us should include in their insurance package are:
• Liability and property damage coverage, since it protects us from the unexpected costs that can occur after a car accident if we are to blame such as hospital bills and car repair costs, for the person that we accidentally hit.
• Collision coverage, because it covers the costs of repairing your car after an accident, even if you are to blame for causing it.
Some of us may consider that comprehensive coverage is also important when signing a car insurance policy. This type of policy, not only covers the costs of repairing your car in case of a collision, but also in case it gets damaged by any other factors such as wild animals, theft, vandalism, or storm damage.
If you do not know what to include in your insurance package you can always hire an insurance adviser to help you decide, and also find the best deal for your money.

Concealed Carry Criminal Defense Reimbursement Bond

Behnke Insurance StaffBehnke Insurance Agency partners with West Bend Mutual Insurance Company. West Bend offers an pertinent new product:

Concealed Carry Criminal Defense Reimbursement Bond

As a permit holder of a legally possessed weapon, the bond provides for the reasonable legal fees, expenses, and costs of defense up to the maximum bond limit chosen, after declaration from the prosecuting attorney that no criminal charges will be filed, a dismissal of all filed criminal charges, or acquittal of the “permit holder” following a trial and verdict is upheld on appeal.

“But doesn’t my homeowners insurance protect me in this case?” Your homeowners liability coverage protects you against civil lawsuits, not criminal lawsuits. This product fills the gap for a very low cost.

“Why do I need this? I have a right to carry and self defense.” You are correct, but defending that right in court can be costly, if the situation arises.

This bond helps share that cost. Below is a link to West Bend’s video explanation. Call Behnke Insurance for details, your Fond du Lac insurance professionals.

http://www.thesilverlining.com/cccdr-bond/

Fond du Lac Child Life Insurance Questions 6/10/2014

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This week in Fond du Lac Child Life Insurance Questions, we received several inquiries on life insurance for a child. The info below should be very helpful.

Question 1: My son just had a baby boy. I’m a grandparent! Is it a good idea to buy a policy for my grandchild?

Answer: This is a great gift. One company we partner with has a simple child policy, also known as a jumping juvenile, which increases it’s coverage when the child turns 18 and 25 years old. It’s a whole life product, which means it’s permanent insurance which will keep it’s premium cost until death. An example, a newborn policy which starts at $10,000 coverage, jumps to $15,000 at age 18, and jumps to $20,000 at age 25 costs $73/year or $6.27/month!

This is a great value. When this young man is 80 years old, his policy still costs $73/year. In comparison, an 80 year old buying a new policy would be charged over $2,600/year. The policy can be surrendered for it’s cash value any time and, should the worst case happen, it’ll help pay for funeral expenses and a legacy.

Question 2: What options are there for my newborn baby?

Option 1: Jumping juvenile policy mentioned above. Starts at $10,000 coverage and jumps to $20,000 coverage. It’s a whole life product for under $100/year.

Option 2: Single Pay Whole Life. Pay about $1,700 today and never pay again for this $20,000 coverage whole life policy.

Option 3: Everything else. There are many ways to insure newborns. Call a Behnke Insurance professional for ideas at 920-922-3850.

Question 3: How does ownership work with baby insurance policies?

Answer: You can be the policyholder. You designate the baby as the insured. You select a beneficiary. Down the line, you can transfer ownership from yourself to the baby, perhaps when he’s an adult.

Fond du Lac Home Insurance Questions 6/9/2014 – Falling Trees!

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This week in Fond du Lac Home Insurance Questions, the topic came up, “What happens when a tree falls over and damages my house?” This is an excellent question and a real concern for homeowners everywhere.

MATT’S TREE HITS MATT’S HOUSE

Matt pays his home deductible and insurance pays the rest of repairs. Debris removal is paid up to the limit.

MATT’S TREE HITS JOHN’S HOUSE

John pays his home deductible and insurance pays the rest of repairs. Debris removal is paid up to the limit. If John thinks Matt was negligent in his tree maintenance, John’s insurance company may sue Matt to have Matt’s insurance cover John’s deductible. To have negligence stick, you generally need to have documentation about the tree issue.

MATT’S TREE HITS MATT’S CAR

Matt pays his car comprehensive deductible and insurance pays the rest of repairs. If Matt doesn’t carry comprehensive insurance, insurance will not cover it.

MATT’S TREE HITS JOHN’S CAR

John pays his car comprehensive deductible and insurance pays the rest of repairs. If John thinks Matt was negligent in his tree maintenance, John’s insurance may sue Matt to have Matt’s insurance cover John’s deductible. To have negligence stick, you generally need to have documentation about the tree issue. Also, debris removal isn’t covered by either party’s insurance (it gets activated once the home deductible is activated, which doesn’t happen in this case).

MATT’S TREE FALLS BUT DAMAGES NOTHING

Insurance will not pay for debris removal when damage hasn’t happened to the home.

WHAT ABOUT TREES THAT LOOK LIKE THEY’RE READY TO FALL?

Insurance covers accidents that happen, not accidents that may happen. Ultimately the homeowner will save most by proactively preventing accidents. While getting stuff repaired is nice, paying your deductible and seeing your home insurance premiums rise from claim activity are not in policyholders long-term interest.

 

Policies vary by company. Call a Behnke Insurance professional agent for details!

Fond du Lac Insurance Agency also serving Ripon, Oshkosh, Waupun, Sheboygan and more

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The Behnke Insurance Agency was started and still is in Fond du lac, WI. Although primarily selling the city of Fond du Lac insurance products since 1973, we also serve plenty of personal and commercial customers in other cities. Today, just about 190 cities between Wisconsin and Minnesota have some insurance from our agency.

We’re able to do this effectively because of our skilled insurance agents and employees, our continued commitment to technology, and most importantly because our customers tell their friends about the service they receive here at Behnke Insurance.

Although we are based in a nice-sized town like Fond du Lac, our reach is really a reflection of our ability to help serve customers.

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Business Insurance in Waupun, Plymouth, Ripon and Oshkosh WI

Lower your business insurance costs with these tips

Lots of people nowadays look for different ways to reduce the cost of their business insurance policies. If you find yourself in this situation, here are some useful tips that can help you do that.

First of all, you can adopt a consistent safety plan which should include the elimination of hazards that can become claims. It is also recommended that you develop a tracking system to make it easier for you to follow the safety plan and maintain it. This way, you will be able to show your insurer that your employees are properly instructed, and it also reduces the risk of injury.

Another way to reduce the price of business insurance is by constantly checking to see whether an employee that appears on your policy is still working for your company. This can result in significant saving if the loss of an employee lowers the risk.

In addition, you can hire an insurance adviser to make a proper assessment of your company, and also discuss with your insurance company about all the aspects of your policy. Even though at first this may seem to be an extra cost, in time most of the entrepreneurs who contacted the services of such a person recovered their money through the lower price they had to pay for their insurance policy. They are also available in most of the countries, even in areas such as Fond du Lac, Ripon, Wwaupn, Oshkosh, and Plymouth.

Furthermore, you should include a training program that all of your employees should take. Lots of insurance companies offer great price discounts for businesses that have their employees trained, because by doing this they will learn how to protect themselves and also how to be more efficient at their workplace.

Cheap car insurance vs. Valuable car insurance | Fond du Lac

A common request we at Behnke Insurance Agencies of Fond du Lac get is “Can you find me the cheapest car insurance?” We’re always happy to check around for our customers and prospects, asking each of our partnered companies what they can offer. However, a distinction needs to be made about “cheap car insurance”.

Here’s a good example of cheap car insurance: I keyed my information into a popular company’s online system and it recommended a policy for me. I’d save 50% on my annual insurance! But, their recommended policy eliminated or reduced all but one of the standard coverage options I had before. This is cheap insurance because it costs very little AND it doesn’t meet my needs.

A difference is valuable insurance. As your life situation changes and your nest egg grows, your protection should grow with it. Each policy is personalized to your unique needs. The most valuable part of the insurance you buy from Behnke Insurance is the agent you get to work with directly. We find the best price among quality companies we represent, ask you about your coverage needs and make recommendations based on these needs. The final option is always yours, but we have a teaching responsibility to each of our prospects and customers. Valuable insurance makes you feel better because it gives you peace of mind at a competitive price.

If you’re looking for cheap car insurance, let us know and we’ll tell you about something better: valuable car insurance.

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Fond du Lac Life Insurance Questions 6/4/2014

Today’s post will describe some different Fond du Lac life insurance questions we’ve received in the past week. These turned out to be some pretty common life insurance questions, so I hope this Q&A section benefits you.

Question 1: I qualified for the standard life program. Can I attempt to requalify for their preferred program, which features lower premiums?

Answer: Yes. You may submit to a reexamine upon renewal. A great reason to do this is if you recently gave up smoking and all tobacco usage. With most companies, if you are smoke free for 2 years, you can move to a much less expensive program.

Question 2: What’s a contingent beneficiary?

Answer: Your primary beneficiary is the person who receives your life insurance policy’s death benefit. Your contingent beneficiary is who receives the death benefit if both you and your primary beneficiary die from the same accident. Check with your agent and your policy for details of the timing.

Question 3: Who should have life insurance?

Answer: Anyone who wants to provide financial assistance after death. The big three reasons are: 1. to pay off loans or a mortgage if I die, 2. to support my children’s education if I die and cannot provide an income stream, 3. to pay for funeral expenses, which average $8,700 in Wisconsin. The earlier you purchase life insurance, the lower your price will be. It can save to be proactive!

Contact a professional at Behnke Insurance for inquiries in Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, Waupun, Ripon and Sheboygan area.

Fond du Lac Motorcycle Insurance 6/3/2014

This post is going to be all about the types of Fond du Lac motorcycle insurance questions we get here at the office. It’s definitely riding season now and the Harley Davidson bikes and sporty bikes are ready to roll.

Question 1: I want to remove coverage for the winter season when my bike is in the garage. Can I do that?

Answer: We strongly recommend against this. While you can cancel a policy at any time, the trouble comes when reapplying for the motorcycle insurance. Most companies don’t like to play the “motorcycle game” and will charge more or refuse coverage. Additionally, motorcycles are not eligible for Comp Only coverage where liability protection is removed.

Wisconsin companies do lower the price of motorcycle insurance to compensate for the needed “Winter Discount”. A quick comparison showed me that the same coverage is: Wisconsin $557/year vs. Alabama $962/year vs. Florida $1,356/year. While it does seem unfair that you cannot remove winter coverage, you are being compensated for it.

Question 2: My bike has accessories. Are those protected?

Answer: Yes we can protect those. Let us know the amount of protection you need and retain receipts and photos of the items. This includes chrome packages and non-stock bags.

**Call a Behnke Insurance professional agent for details**