Surplus Lines Policies – Are You Doing Your Due Diligence?

I received an e-mail recently from a client complaining about the forms he was being asked to complete by brokers through whom he had placed surplus lines policies.  Those forms asked him to name the admitted insurance companies from whom he had tried to obtain the insurance coverage sought before obtaining the surplus lines policy […]

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Can An Agency Limit The Types Of Insurance Policies It Will Issue?

The answer to the above question seems obvious. The right of a business to choose what types of products and/or services it will provide is fundamental to the successful operation of a free enterprise economy. If every insurance agency had to offer the same types of insurance policies and/or services, competition among them would be […]

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Insurance Certificates – Use of Additional Remarks Schedule

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a blog post on the legality of agents issuing opinion letters about the coverages provided by their insured’s insurance policies.  The next week, I received an email from a participant in the Free Legal Service Program that I run for the Independent Insurance Agents of Georgia asking me to […]

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Brokerage Fees – Revisited

A recent Bulletin from the Insurance Commissioner’s Office has caused me to reconsider a blog post from almost five years ago.  In the Bulletin, the Insurance Commissioner reminded brokers who handle excess and surplus lines policies that they cannot collect sums for those policies in excess of the “premiums and charges for insurance specified by the […]

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