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  1. Could Your Car be Hacked?

    by grobbins

    Your phone, and laptop are one thing, but did you ever consider that your car might be hacked?  With all the technology that has become standard issue in most autos, your car could essentially be considered a drivable computer….leaving it very vulnerable to hackers. Forest Agency is grateful to our partners at Mercury Insurance for putting […]

  2. Do You Need Protection for Libel or Slander on Social Media?

    by grobbins

    We live in a world where you–and your children–have the ability to post your fleeting thoughts on social media websites for everyone to read. You may not realize it, but this exposes you to the risk of being sued. Your family’s life would change in an instant if someone were to accuse you, one of your children or other […]

  3. What to do if You Have Water Damage Due to a Winter Storm

    by grobbins

    When we think of winter storms, our minds go to snow globe images, and snuggling up in front of a fire, with board games and warm cocoa.  But the truth is, winter weather can cause real damage to your home and other properties. According to the Insurance Information Institute, “Winter storms caused an estimated $3.5 […]

  4. Protecting Your Home from the Winter Elements

    by grobbins

    As the days grow longer and the thermostat drops, it is important to protect your home–and more importantly, your vacation home– from the winter elements, including ice, snow and wind. Here are the most important steps to take to keep your home secure and avoid water damage from frozen pipes: Eliminate drafts by closing off […]

  5. Does Your Homeowners Insurance Include a “Cash Out” Option?

    by grobbins

    You have great homeowners insurance. But how flexible is your policy? Imagine your home catches fire while you are on vacation. No one was home, so your family and pets are safe, but your home was completely destroyed.  What’s the next step? Wouldn’t you and your family like options when you help outline what to […]

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  6. Kidnap and Ransom…Who is at Risk?

    by grobbins

    You may be surprised to learn that across the globe there are more than 20,000 people who are kidnapped every year. Even more shocking is that the victims of these crimes are no longer exclusively the ultra-rich. Kidnappers have shifted their tactics. While top executives traveling internationally for business continue to be at risk, there seems […]

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  7. Preparing Your Summer Car for Winter Storage

    by grobbins

    Category: Auto InsuranceEventsSafe Driving

    If you live in the Midwest, you probably noticed a flurry of activity in your neighborhood. Neighbors are busy raking leaves, preparing their patio furniture for winter, and bringing in hose reels. If you have a fun summer car and you don’t want it to see winter road salt, now is the time to prepare […]

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  8. My Teen is Taking Drivers Ed…How Will This Affect my Insurance?

    by grobbins

    School is back in session, and that means that many families may have a teen taking Drivers Ed this fall. If this process has snuck up on you, as it did for me, you may have some questions on how this affects your insurance.  Here are answers to some of the questions we hear most […]

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  9. Do You Have a Workers Comp Policy for Your Business?

    by grobbins

    Category: Business Insurance

    Most Illinois business owners know that they are required to have Workers Compensation Insurance if they have employees.  But many times business owners do not have a policy in place when they need it. We recently heard a story of a small business owner who was faced with a claim, only to realize he had […]

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  10. Does Your Business Need Cyber Liability Insurance?

    by grobbins
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    In an age where a stolen laptop or hacked account can instantly compromise the personal data of thousands of customers, or an ill-advised post on a social media site can be read by hundreds in a matter of minutes, you don’t need to be a large corporation like Target to protect yourself against this exposure.  […]

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