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Helping Those Affected by Disaster to Recover: Insurance Issues After a Disaster and FEMA Appeals, Recoupment and Other Issues for Disaster Survivors

Recorded on: Apr. 9, 2018
Running Time: 01:00:00

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Taken from the Web Program Providing Legal Assistance in the Aftermath of Disaster Recorded April 2018 in San Francisco

Helping Those Affected by Disaster to Recover: Insurance Issues After a Disaster and FEMA Appeals, Recoupment and Other Issues for Disaster Survivors [01:00:00]

  • Insurance Issues
     • Home insurance policy forms, coverages and significant limits and exclusions
     • Typical issues that arise in the aftermath of a disaster
     • Special post-disaster rules
     • Claims adjustment process, depreciation/holdbacks
     • Loss documentation/scoping
     • Duties and obligations of carriers and policyholders
     • Role of claims adjusters, forensic experts, regulators
     • Recorded statements, examinations under oath
     • Reaching partial and final settlements
     • Dispute resolution options (negotiation, mediation, appraisal, arbitration, litigation)
     • Representing clients: financial considerations, causes of action
  • FEMA
     • Types of Individual assistance programs; eligibility; application process
     • Denial of assistance: commons reasons for denial
     • Appeals process: how to file an appeal, appeal requirements and documentation
     • Recoupment issues
     • Practice tips
     • Identify fraud
     • Immigrant eligibility
     • Resources: Interactive FEMA appeals tool on disasterlegalaid.org

Kendall Jarvis, Dan R. Wade

Presentation Material

  • How to Help Pro Bono Clients with Disaster Insurance Issues: An Overview of the California Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act and Related Statutes, Policy Basics, Coverage, and Negotiating a Claim Settlement (PowerPoint slides)
    Dan R. Wade
  • What is FEMA and How Can It Help After a Disaster? (PowerPoint slides)
    Kendall Jarvis
  • Notice Regarding Restrictions on Public Adjusters Solicitation of Business, October 20, 2017, State of California Department of Insurance
    Dan R. Wade
  • Important California Laws that Pertain to Property Insurance Policies After a Declared Disaster, November 17, 2017, State of California Department of Insurance
    Dan R. Wade
  • Sample Letter Requesting Mortgage Company Release Insurance Proceeds
    Dan R. Wade
  • Sample Letter for Requesting Copies of Claim-Related Documents
    Dan R. Wade
  • Insurance Claim Rules in California – 2017, United Policyholders
    Dan R. Wade
  • Depreciation Basics, United Policyholders
    Dan R. Wade
  • Frequently Asked Questions on Replacing a Dwelling After a Total Loss, United Policyholders
    Dan R. Wade
  • Code of Federal Regulations Title 44 – Emergency Management and Assistance
    Kendall Jarvis
  • FEMA Appeal Letter Overview
    Kendall Jarvis
  • Sample FEMA Appeal Letter Format
    Kendall Jarvis
  • Cora Brown Fund Fact Sheet, FEMA
    Kendall Jarvis
  • Individuals and Households Program Fact Sheet, FEMA
    Kendall Jarvis
  • Temporary Housing Unites (THUs) Fact Sheet, FEMA
    Kendall Jarvis
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Kendall Jarvis ~ Disaster Relief Attorney, Legal Aid of Sonoma County
Dan R. Wade ~ Staff Attorney, United Policyholders
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