Does a New Year mean you need new insurance policies to protect yourself? As the New Year begins have you thought about reviewing your insurance needs? If you only have the usual insurance policies, for example on your house or car, you probably need to think about a range of new insurance policies. In our Florida estate planning law firm, we know it is important for our clients and community to know about the importance of comprehensive insurance coverage to protect themselves. This coverage may include umbrella coverage, luxury policies for valuables, long-term care insurance, and specific business policies. We do have a few reasons why these additional policies may be necessary and also how they can tie into your overall Florida estate planning strategy that we would like to share with you.

To begin, have you heard of umbrella insurance? Umbrella insurance is a type of insurance that provides additional liability coverage beyond the limits of your homeowners or auto insurance. You need to have this important safeguard against unforeseen events that could otherwise jeopardize your financial security. This type of policy becomes increasingly important as your assets grow and offers protection against large claims or lawsuits that could arise from accidents or incidents on your property.

What about high-value items, for example jewelry, art, or collectibles?  Did you know that a standard homeowners policy may not offer sufficient coverage?  You need to look into luxury policies, also known as valuable personal property insurance, that can provide tailored protection for these items. In the event of loss, theft, or damage these policies can be sure that you are compensated adequately, safeguarding not just the financial but also the sentimental value of your treasures.

Because we are all able to live longer, have you looked into long-term care insurance? This type of insurance could be very important for your future and for the peace of mind of your family. What will long-term care insurance provide?  Long-term care insurance is designed to cover costs that are not covered by regular health insurance, for example, the care needed if you develop a chronic medical condition, disability, or disorder like Alzheimer’s disease. Because we are living longer, this coverage becomes critical in protecting your assets from the high costs of long-term care, ensuring that your savings and estate are not eroded by unforeseen health issues.

Are you a business owner? If you are, you should have a separate business insurance policy. Why? Because a business insurance policy protects against risks unique to your business operations, including property damage, legal liability, and employee-related risks. It is a very necessary part of your overall business plan, making sure that both your personal and business assets are shielded from unforeseen events.

Finally, as reported above, insurance provides immediate protection but in addition your Florida estate planning is about securing your legacy and is the keystone in your financial security. With comprehensive Florida estate planning you can be sure that your assets are distributed according to your wishes, estate taxes may be reduced, and there are clear instructions for managing your affairs if you become incapacitated. We highly recommend that you work with an experienced Florida estate planning attorney to create the plan that represents what you want now, and well into the future.  

We know this article may raise more questions than it answers. At Perlin Estate Planning & Probate our credentials enable us to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to our legal services.  By building relationships with our clients, we are also able to understand each client’s needs and desires, and we support such goals through thoughtful, comprehensive planning techniques. We encourage you to contact us and schedule a meeting.