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January 2013 Archives

Growing number of insurance claims filed from Hurricane Sandy

The number of insurance claims filed in the wake of super-storm Sandy continues to grow. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has reported a whopping 140,000 claims since the storm. However, a property owner's efforts to get a recovery can potentially become a catastrophe all its own. There are a number of hurdles for policyholders already. For example, if Sandy had been classified as a hurricane, a "hurricane deductible" would kick in. A hurricane deductible is popular in many insurance policies and requires the first percentage amount of the damage to be paid by the policyholder (i.e. For a 15% deductible of $100,000 of damage, the policyholder must pay the first $15,000 worth of damage before receiving compensation). Luckily, state officials in several states slyly termed Sandy as a "tropical storm" instead of a hurricane to avoid the deductible.

Is "Virtual Visitation" A Solution To Child Custody Disputes?

Fights over child custody and parenting time in divorce cases continues to be a difficult issue in New Jersey's Family Courts. And "virtual visitation" is a recent addition to the traditional remedies and problems. But overall, modern technology can greatly enlarge the range of solutions in these disputes.