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What You Need to Know About Personal Umbrella Insurance

Personal umbrella insurance is essentially an extended policy that allows additional coverage to your homeowners insurance or car insurance policy's liability coverage - and often times includes greater circumstances and higher limits.

Personal umbrella insurance policies provide coverage that starts at $1 million. They also cover liability forms such as libel or slander. Personal umbrella insurance can also be used to supplement insurance policies for boats, motorcycles, and other recreational vehicles.

What are the Key Factors of Personal Umbrella Insurance?

  • The cost of personal umbrella insurance is typically between $150 and $300 per year.

  • If your liability limits exceed the total value your assets, you should consider personal umbrella insurance.

  • Personal umbrella insurance covers situations that are beyond the scope of standard liability insurance. This includes personal psychological harm and mental anguish.

  • Personal umbrella insurance policies don't cover property or your injuries.

  • Limits on personal umbrella insurance policies start at $1,000,000 and can reach as high as $10 million.

How Personal Umbrella Insurance Works

As previously stated, personal umbrella insurance extends your homeowners or auto insurance coverage, and depending on the type of coverage and your insurer, auto and homeowner coverage limits can typically be purchased for $300,000 - $500,000. Your savings, equity, and future earnings could be at risk if you are convicted in an accident.

Personal umbrella insurance (also referred to as PUP), can help you in these instances. Personal umbrella insurance policies are $1 million in coverage. They can be purchased with limits from $5,000,000 to $10,000,000, depending on which insurer you have.

For example, if your car causes serious injuries and you are at fault, you may be held responsible for significant medical expenses as well as pain and suffering. You will first get coverage from your auto insurance policy and then your personal umbrella insurance will cover you for the rest after your deductibles have been met.

What Personal Umbrella Insurance Covers

  • Excessive liability beyond the limits of your car and home insurance policy

  • Libel and slander

  • False arrest

  • Malicious prosecution

  • Mental anguish and personal psychological harm

  • Covered losses and legal defense costs

  • Travel abroad and you may be liable

Personal umbrella insurance has the advantage of covering a wider range of situations than standard auto insurance or home insurance policies. It's particularly useful when you could be facing serious financial losses as a result.

Common examples:

  • A neighbor's child gets bit by your dog

  • Other people suffering severe injuries from a serious car accident

  • Someone may consider your message on social media as libelous

  • Repairman falls on your stairs and sustains a disfiguring injury

What is a Personal Umbrella Insurance Policy?

  • You are responsible for your own injuries and property damage

  • Intentionally causing property damage or injury to others

  • You may cause property damage or injury while conducting business or professional activities

  • Any liability you may have taken on through a contract

Most personal umbrella insurance doesn't cover damage to physical property, medical bills, and business liability. Among other things, some personal umbrella insurance policies exclude injuries or damage caused by certain breeds of dog or recreational vehicles.

Do You Need Personal Umbrella Insurance?

Personal umbrella insurance is for those with a high net worth who wish to protect their future earnings. You should evaluate your assets before purchasing personal umbrella insurance.

Add up all your assets, including personal savings, home equity, brokerage accounts and retirement accounts. Personal umbrella insurance coverage is a good option if the sum exceeds your homeowners insurance or car insurance limits.

You will be financially responsible for any claims exceeding your liability limits. Your assets may even be taken to pay the damages without the benefit of having personal umbrella insurance.

When You Might Consider Personal Umbrella Insurance

  • Your home property includes a swimming pool

  • You have a trampoline, swings or treehouse at your home

  • You have a dog as your pet

  • Teenage drivers live in your household

A personal umbrella insurance policy is a way to get the protection you need from your current insurance policies so that you don't find yourself in financial ruin.

If you're in need of additional insurance coverage that extends beyond your car insurance or homeowners insurance, give us a call to chat about personal umbrella insurance: (941) 999-3131



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