Improving Your Insurance IQ

Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2012 11:40 Written by Chris Griswold Monday, 13 February 2012 11:39

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All of us could stand a little brushing up on our insurance concepts and terminology.  Whether you own a home, a car, a rental house or a large commercial building, insurance is a big part of our everyday lives (especially here in Oklahoma).  Accordingly, if you have any sort of insurance policy and are yearning for learning, read more below (and don’t forget to click on my Facebook or YouTube links below to also see my short video on this material).

Improving Your Insurance IQ

First
, there is really no such animal as “Additional Named Insured,” just “Named Insured” and “Additional Insured.”

Second
, the term “Named Insured” is actually broken down into two categories: a) First Named Insured, and b) Second Named Insured (Note:  this category of insured includes the 2nd named insured thru the 100th named insured, and beyond – depending on how many there are).

Third
, the “First Named Insured” can create, cancel and modify the policy (and is the only one by default entitled to receive notices of any cancellation of such policy from the insurer) while the “Second Named Insured” category of folks cannot, except by special endorsement in certain instances.

Fourth
, depending on the type of policy, there are certain parties who become a part of the “Second Named Insured” category automatically.  For example, if you own a large, income generating office building and employ a property management company to manage this asset, the property management company automatically becomes a member of the Second Named Insured category.

Fifth
, you may ask yourself the following question: “…what are the legal differences between being a First Named Insured (or a part of the Second Named Insured category) and an Additional Insured…?”  Well, it depends on whatever endorsement you’re talking about (and this whole deal is endorsement driven folks).  Some endorsements basically treat both Named Insureds and Additional Insureds the same while some offer wildly different rights/duties.  Thanks to Chris Moxley at Professional Insurors, (405) 507-2750 – cmoxley@pi-ins.com, for consulting with me on this article.

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