November 5, 2017

MENDOCINO CO., 11/07/17 — Confused about how to handle questions about insurance and the recent fire? Mendocino County is holding a meeting to provide information on insurance issues for people who are rebuilding their homes in the wake of the recent fires. The meeting will include presentations from local, state, and federal agencies involved in the rebuilding process, and is intended to...

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November 2, 2017

Prevent payout delays with these smart and simple moves

The October wildfires in California wine country destroyed more than 7,200 homes and other buildings, according to the latest estimate by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

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November 1, 2017
Nonprofit policyholder advocacy group United Policyholders urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday to reverse an Oregon federal court's decision that a pollution exclusion in a pool contractor's policy negates coverage for underlying suits over carbon monoxide poisoning, arguing the lower court's reading of the exclusion was overbroad.
 
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October 30, 2017

Two years after the 2003 Cedar fire, nearly 4 in 10 households burned out at the upscale Scripps Ranch subdivision in San Diego had yet to complete their rebuilding projects.

Two years after the 2007 wildfires destroyed more than 1,600 homes around San Diego County, 1 in 5 fire victims said they planned to sell their burned properties rather than rebuild.

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October 26, 2017

A “low-key” reunion of more than 130 Witch Creek fire survivors and recovery coalition members was held Sunday to mark the wildfire’s 10th anniversary.

“This is a celebration of homecoming and friendship,” Jan Rasmussen told attendees. She was co-chair of...

October 25, 2017

Suggestions for getting help in recovering from disaster

Getting help from a mess of bureaucracies, insurance companies and nonprofits can be difficult. Here are some of the best tips from Chronicle writers:

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October 25, 2017

High-risk fire insurance pool grapples with new normal of urban wildfires

Homeowners insurance is not mandated by the state of California, but is a requirement for anyone who wants to get a home mortgage from a bank.

As the historic North Bay fires are brought under control, data coming out of the state insurance industry tells a tale of massive destruction: Nearly 5,500...

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October 22, 2017

People who lost homes in the Wine Country fires might be approached by public adjusters offering to represent them in their insurance claims.

While some disaster victims have had good experiences with public adjusters, consumer advocates and the California Department of Insurance warn against rushing into anything. They say policyholders should try working with the insurance company...

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October 20, 2017

The last thing on the minds of most people whose homes were devastated by wildfires like those in Northern California may be keeping a journal. But, consumer advocates say, a journal can help in successfully filing an insurance claim.

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