Tag Archives: National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters

Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting Trends

Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting (UPPA) has become the predominant discussion among public adjusters at virtually every public adjuster association meeting I attend. Brian Goodman, general counsel for the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA), said that UPPA is now the most important issue facing public adjusters because licensing of the profession is accepted … Continue Reading

NAPIA Annual Convention in San Diego

The National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters is the oldest public adjusting organization in the United States. Its membership has most of the finest, knowledgeable and experienced insurance claims adjusters representing policyholders in this country. I gave my first speech to this organization in 1985 and ever since then, I have always learned something significant … Continue Reading

Randy Goodman NAPIA Person of the Year

Randy Goodman, of Goodman-Gable-Gould/Adjusters International, was honored with the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters‘ Person of the Year Award at NAPIA’s Mid-Year Meeting. Randy served as President of NAPIA in 1998-99. He has remained an active member and is very deserving of the award. Just before receiving the award, he was bragging to me about … Continue Reading

Florida Public Adjusters Should Attend the NAPIA Mid-Year Meeting in Miami Beach December 9-11

Florida public adjusters have an excellent educational and networking opportunity at the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Mid-Year Meeting, which will be held at the Ritz Carlton in Miami Beach from December 9-11, 2010. This is a great conference because the insurance claims business is becoming more national in scope. Insurance claim issues in one … Continue Reading

Adjusters Have Codes of Ethics: Florida’s Are Significant and Need to Be Enforced

All adjusters, whether company, independent, or public, have significant ethical obligations in Florida. Indeed, these adjusters even have an obligation to turn each other into the Department of Financial Services. The failure to do so is, by itself, a breach of the adjuster’s ethical obligations: (g) An adjuster shall promptly report to the Department any … Continue Reading

Large Complex Losses Invariably Suggest that the Policyholder Hire Licensed Professionals

Risk & Insurance® recently ran an article, Paving the Potholes of Big Property Claims (updated), about large losses indicating that the claims process is anything other than perfect. Harvey Goodman, a public adjuster I mentioned in this morning’s post, was quoted in that article. I first met Harvey Goodman at the Annual Convention of the National … Continue Reading

A Katrina Love Story Involving a Very Talented Young Public Adjuster

Tragedy is sometimes followed by emotional and heartwarming stories overcoming the consequences of the initial disaster. In my line of work, I have seen survivors embrace each other, genuinely surprised each made it through a life threatening disaster. I have witnessed the compassion and caring that otherwise strangers show to their fellow brother and sister … Continue Reading

Public Adjusters Sued in Class Action for Wrongful Conduct–Are Unauthorized Practice of Law Class Action Suits Next?

At our recent seminar on insurance adjustment techniques and practices, Texas Hold ‘Em" #2: Merlin Law Group’s Seminar for Texas Public Insurance Adjusters, I warned public adjusters that wrongful practices, especially the unauthorized practice of law by giving legal advice, would probably result in lawsuits against them. Yesterday, I found an article, Class Action Lawsuit … Continue Reading

NAPIA Has Many Special Members

The National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) has some of the finest minds in the world regarding claims adjustment under property insurance policies.  Our law firm had the opportunity to lead a day long insurance seminar for the Massachusetts Association of Public Insurance Adjusters and NAPIA members last Friday in Boston.  The level of discussion … Continue Reading