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  1. New Illinois Laws for 2017

    by grobbins

    Category: Uncategorized

    More than 200 new laws took effect in Illinois this month.  Of these, there are a few new and updated driving laws that you should be aware of.  Here are a few highlights: Those who have been convicted of driving without insurance could have their vehicle impounded if they are stopped by police within 12 months […]

  2. Just a Quick Text

    by grobbins

    Category: Uncategorized

    The typical “quick text” takes a driver’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds.  Did you know that this would be the equivalent of driving blind at 55 mph for the length of an entire football field?  A quick text can lead to devastating consequences.  Read on for a real-world story from […]

  3. The Clock is Ticking for Holiday Baking

    by grobbins

    Looking for some new ideas for your holiday cookie tray?  This week was Forest Agency Insurance’s 10th Annual Cookie Exchange, and we had some unique and creative treats this year.  Here’s the rundown, with links to recipes for each: Lemon Ricotta Cookies with Lemon Glaze:  These Italian lumps of sweet tartness were such a hit last […]

  4. How to get insurance for your new drone

    by grobbins

    Millions of drones are expected to land under Christmas trees this year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Piloting a drone might sound like child’s play, but before you take flight, be sure to contact your insurance professional. Recently, the FAA mandated registration for most drones, and issued guidelines on their use. But what happens in the event of […]

  5. 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 […]

  6. 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 […]

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  7. 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 […]

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  8. 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 […]

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  9. 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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  10. 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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