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Insurance News / 04.06.2013

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Rolling some of your 401K to an Annuity may be your best hedge for retirement income. Sheryl Moore of Annuity News writes, “Since the United States stock market collapse of 2008, millions of Americans have seen their retirement savings dwindle. Many of these savers had their nest eggs exposed to the equities markets, and have subsequently suffered two periods of extreme losses in one decade. As a result, ‘safe money places’ are getting a lot of attention.” Also according to...

Insurance News / 14.05.2013

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]There’s an old saying, “I wouldn’t be paranoid if they weren’t out to get me.” For business owners, partners and investors, the threat of employee theft requires vigilance and prudence. No matter how trusting you may be, there are people in the world who are out to steal from their employers or clients. It may be the theft of inventory, intellectual property or someone dipping into the till. No matter what goes missing, it harms your business and...

Insurance News / 30.04.2013

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Recovery from the Boston Marathon bombings continues as people, families and businesses try to return to some degree of normal life – or the new normal, as some have said. Medical bills, funeral expenses, long-term rehabilitation, property damage and business interruption are just some of the ways in which the bombers caused loss and untold grief for so many. From a financial recovery perspective, it has not yet been determined if and how insurance will come into play. Why?...

Insurance News / 22.04.2013

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Insurance News / 09.04.2013

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]“Don’t aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference.” – Denzel Washington With that sense of purpose, all of us at Clark Insurance are pleased to offer the following annual report for 2012. The business of insurance is the work of identifying risk and determining if a customer wishes to live with the consequences of that risk or to transfer the risk to a willing third party for a reasonable price. As an employee-owned independent insurance agency, we are...

Insurance News / 09.04.2013

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]You want safe? The 2013 Honda Accord and Honda Civic take the honors for safety among mid-size and small cars according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Each earned the Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+) in the annual crash test rating. To earn the top designation, cars had to score “good” in four of the five crash tests performed. The Honda vehicles were the only cars of the respective sizes that earned “good” ratings in all five....

Insurance News / 02.04.2013

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Turner Barker Insurance, a wholly owned subsidiary of Gorham Savings Bank, soon will be merged with Clark Insurance according to Gorham Savings Bank President Christopher Emmons and Clark Insurance President Kenneth Ross. The intention is to complete the transaction within thirty to forty-five days. Turner Barker will retain its name but will operate as “A Clark Insurance Agency” with Douglas Allen continuing to serve as Turner Barker’s president, Bradford Kirkpatrick as executive vice president and Kalevi Kotkas as vice...

Insurance News / 26.03.2013

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text] It doesn’t matter what kind of business you run, but let’s say your company is a blasting contractor and a blast gets away from you. BOOM! Boulders start flying. Vehicles are damaged. Rocks rain through the windows of adjacent properties. Neighbors are running for cover. The job site is shut down and the news crews are on their way. OK – now what? Call your lawyer and the insurance agent. Your lawyer is likely to say “Don’t say ANYTHING!” Why?...

Insurance News / 19.02.2013

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]Question: What happens when an employer is sued for an employment practice that is “wrongful” under state law, but not federal law? Is the employer going to be on the hook for defense and settlement costs? What about fines, penalties, non-monetary damages, or accommodations required by law? Let’s take a look at Maine’s first medical marijuana employment case. In Thomas v. Adecco Group North America, a 24 year-old Maine employee, Brittany Thomas, recently sued her former employer. She had...

Insurance News / 12.02.2013

[vc_row css_animation="" row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" angled_section="no" text_align="left" background_image_as_pattern="without_pattern"][vc_column][vc_column_text]This year marks the 20th anniversary of the reform of Maine’s once-notorious workers’ compensation system. This landmark legislation was a hard-fought and hard-won victory for both workers and employers. The reform has been characterized as “under-promising and over-delivering.” That’s an understatement in itself. How bad was it? The old system had become an engine of litigation, endless conflict and high costs making Maine the most expensive state in the nation for this mandatory insurance coverage. Workers’ compensation insurance was originally...

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