Of Hurricanes and Fires, or The Gripes of Wrath

Of Hurricanes and Fires
Or
The Gripes of Wrath

By Michael C. Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel

John Steinbeck, if he were still among us, would need little more than keeping his attention plastered on the news and weather reports to find some grist for another novel. The hurricane, earthquake and fire outbreaks which have been tormenting much of the western hemisphere might not be the focal point of the plot, but they certainly could provide backdrop for the significant angst he chronicled.

Five major outbreaks, including three hurricanes (Harvey, Irma and Maria), an earthquake and a wildfire during the past several months…

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Wildfires and Tornadoes and Floods, Oh My!

Understanding Which Natural Disasters Are Covered By Insurance

By Michael C. Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel

The 13 “Oz” novels written by L. Frank Baum regale readers with acts and images of fantastical fantasy.  The tornado lifting a farm house from its Kansas foundation and sent swirling into the atmosphere before dropping mercilessly on the Wicked Witch of the East is but one of the many creative interpretations presented in the 1939 movie adaptation of Baum’s series “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.” The Munchkin coroner was among the first on the disaster scene, proclaiming the victim not “merely dead,” but…

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Individual Tax Options Available for Casualty Losses on Underinsured or Uninsured Personal Use Property

By Michael C. Perlmuter, JD, President & General Counsel

and Donald J. Dragony, CPA, CFF, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer & Director of Forensic Accounting

Catastrophic losses to one’s home or personal use property are tragic in nearly every sense. Fires, hurricanes, tornadoes and the like can wipe out your place of living, injure your loved ones and cause financial disaster. It is especially tragic from a financial viewpoint, when a homeowner is…

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