As you travel to work each day, your thoughts may not be on the risks of life lurking in the shadows. You may have tried to mitigate the risks through your auto and homeowner’s insurance policies, but what could happen to your nest egg you have worked hard for if you are sued? Will your current liability insurance coverage from your auto or homeowner’s policy be enough to pay any damages awarded? More than likely not, hence the need for an umbrella liability policy.

What is an umbrella liability policy? It’s a type of insurance designed to add extra liability coverage over and above your home and auto policies. The extra liability is usually purchased in increments of a million dollars.  The policy is designed to protect not only yourself but also the other members of your household.  It covers a wide variety of things such as: 

Items Typically Covered  Items Typically Not Covered 
Bodily injury Personal belongings
Personal injury Business losses
Property damage Intentional or criminal acts or omissions
Landlord liability Written or oral contracts

How does it work? Let’s use a common example of an auto accident. The accident was found to be the fault of yourself or someone in your household.  Your auto policy has liability coverage of $100,000. However, you are sued as a result of the accident and the court has awarded a $1 million dollar settlement for the pain and suffering of the injured party.  Thankfully, you have a $1 million dollar umbrella policy in place.  Here’s how the pieces would fit together: 

  1. You would pay your auto policy deductible. Let’s say it’s $1,000. 
  2. Your auto policy would pay the next $99,000. 
  3. Your umbrella policy would the remaining $900,000. (There is not usually a separate deductible for these.)

If you didn’t have the $1 million dollar umbrella policy, then the $900,000 over an above your auto policy’s limit of $100,000 would have to be paid from your personal accounts, whether bank or investment accounts, which could potentially wipe out your entire life savings.  

Umbrella policies are usually quite inexpensive.  They typically run anywhere from $150-$300 per year for $1 million of coverage. You should talk to your current auto and home insurance providers to see what they offer and compare that to other companies.  For  more information and examples, click HERE

If you have additional questions or would like to discuss how this would affect your situation, please let us know. Part of our comprehensive financial planning is to ensure our clients have their risks covered. We have Lockheed Martin specialists standing by and ready to assist.  Give us a call today at 817-210-3444 or click HERE to book a complimentary consultation.

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