June 18, 2010
San Francisco, California - Insurance companies are in the business of making money. So consumers need to know these tips to avoid getting the runaround. Charles Thomas still isn't sure which was worse: The fire that broke out on the deck of his San Francisco home two years ago or trying to get his insurance company to pay up. "I explained to them and they could see that I was flooded," said...
As posted at: WTSP

June 18, 2010
Dealing with an insurance company is never on anyone's list of favorite things to do, but you'll be more successful if you know how to make your case when filing a claim. That includes what not to say to your insurance company. Charles Thomas still isn't sure which was worse - the fire that broke out on the deck of his home two years ago, or trying to get his insurance company to pay up. "I...

June 14, 2010
I am not much of a fan of "could it happen here" stories, but the earthquake in Haiti does remind us that much of the United States, in fact much of the world, lives along fault zones. In the last 110 years, quakes have shaken the ground in 39 states. Ninety percent of Americans live in potential quake zones. Geologists now believe that major quakes anywhere could weaken faults worldwide. So,...

June 14, 2010
When Jen Freeland and her husband bought their house in Chattanooga, Tenn., they purchased a homeowners policy with an annual premium of $680. Two years later, the bill jumped to nearly double that. "We've never had a claim on our homeowners insurance and we'd like to keep it that way," Freeland says. "But our premium kept climbing." In 2008, their policy hit nearly $1,000 and this year it topped...
As posted at: ABC 15

June 10, 2010
Scratching your head about what to get those on your gift list this year? You may want to consider something practical like a gift certificate for groceries or a prepaid calling card. This holiday season, 34 percent of adults said they are more likely to buy practical gifts, according to a Consumer Reports National Research Center telephone survey of 1,014 adults conducted earlier this month and...

June 10, 2010
By Ethan Stewart December 10, 2009 In the past 13 months, the foothills above Santa Barbara and Montecito have seen two ferocious fires tear through their countryside. Ravaging storied neighborhoods such as Mountain Drive, Coyote Road, and San Roque Canyon, the Tea and Jesusita fires carved out a path of destruction that left nearly 300 houses completely destroyed, and many more badly damaged....

June 10, 2010
When Jen Freeland and her husband bought their house in Chattanooga, Tenn., they purchased a homeowners policy with an annual premium of $680. Two years later, the bill jumped to nearly double that. "We've never had a claim on our homeowners insurance and we'd like to keep it that way," Freeland says. "But our premium kept climbing." In 2008, their policy hit nearly $1,000 and this year it topped...

June 10, 2010
“TWICE BURNED”Press Conference Speakers:Karen Reimus, ’03 Cedar Fire Survivor and Outreach Coordinator for UnitedPolicyholders, a nonprofit organizationPatrick Craft, ’08 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor – Anaheim HillsKarla Rinskopf, ’08 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor – Yorba LindaEdward Pajarito, ’08 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor – Anaheim HillsDon Waugh, ’08 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor – Anaheim...

June 10, 2010
“TWICE BURNED” WHAT: 2008 Freeway Complex Fire Survivors from Yorba Linda and Anaheim Hills hold pressconference as they face one-year fire anniversary to discuss insurance obstacles to rebuildingand call for action WHEN: Friday, November 13, 2009 at 10:00 am WHERE: 475 S. Laureltree Drive, Anaheim Hills2008 Freeway Complex Fire Survivor Patrick Craft’s Lot Directions from I-91: Exit Weir Canyon/...

June 10, 2010
First came the fire, jumping the freeway and moving with such ferocity that Brian Stanley and his then-4-year-old son didn’t have time to put on shoes as they ran out of their burning house.  The looters came next, combing the ashes for jewelry and valuables, ripping copper piping from the rubble of burned-out homes. These days it’s snakes and burglars that worry Stanley as he...