Local presence. National reach.
Whether following an insured property loss or a wide-scale declared disaster event, we will put together a team of specialists handpicked for the specific needs of each individual loss. With over 40 offices nationwide, the Adjusters International team includes the top talent from the public insurance adjusting and disaster recovery industries. Local commitment, personalized service and proven expertise are the hallmarks of our reputation.
About Adjusters International
Adjusters International was founded when the leading public adjusting firms in the nation came together with one goal: to provide our clients with an unsurpassed level of expertise in preparing and settling property damage insurance claims. From start to finish, our public adjusters are by your side, working closely with you and your insurance company to achieve a full and fair settlement.
Over the years, our service offerings have grown to encompass working with local communities and government entities to secure FEMA Public Assistance grants following major disasters. Our disaster recovery consulting services also incorporates hazard mitigation programs, commercial insurance, and other funding sources. Our goal is to make sure our clients get—and retain—all eligible funding for disaster related damages and hazard mitigation projects.
AI’s Steve Surace Stresses the Importance of Giving Back to Your Community
Adjusters International’s Vice President and CFO Steve Surace, CPA, CFF, MBA recently spoke on the importance of volunteering within your community. The New York State Society of Certified ...
Adjusters International’s Vice President and CFO Steve Surace, CPA, CFF, MBA recently spoke on the importance of volunteering within your community. The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Conference for Young CPAs: NextGen was held on June 6th, and focused on career development specifically for young financial professionals. As skilled volunteer work is a topic near to Surace’s heart (he sits on the board of several community groups, including the United Way, and is a member of his church’s finance committee), Surace presented his session on “How to Use Your Skills to Give Back to the Community.” Throughout this session, Surace gave many examples of ways that CPAs can assist their local non-profit organizations, who are in dire need of financial volunteers. With recent changes to New York State’s non-profit laws that call for more active financial oversight, it is even more important to the success of these non-profits to have CPA volunteers that they can call on.
Surace stressed that volunteering is a major component of professional development for all CPAs, and especially so for those who are just starting out in their careers. “By volunteering, you can be involved in a lot of high-level conversations that can add so much value,” said Surace. “This is a great way to develop skill sets at an early age.”
For more information on Surace’s session, please visit the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants website.
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Interested in Hiring a Public Adjuster? Tips on How to Find the Right Fit for your Claim.
Losing a home to a fire or a storm can be a traumatic experience for any homeowner. If you have suffered property damage, then you may want to ...
Losing a home to a fire or a storm can be a traumatic experience for any homeowner. If you have suffered property damage, then you may want to consider hiring a public insurance adjuster to help guide you through the insurance claims process. Why? Because insurance policies are complicated legal documents that can be difficult to understand and filing a claim requires a great deal of time-consuming documentation that most homeowners with jobs, families and busy lives just do not have time to take on. Add to that the emotional toll of experiencing a fire, hurricane, flood, tornado, etc., and you will see why professional guidance can be infinitely helpful.
Licensed public adjusters are trained in helping policyholders file property damage insurance claims. Having one on your side can make the difference between receiving a payment large enough to restore your property to normal and not getting enough to make all of the necessary repairs.
How can you find the right public adjusting company to help settle your insurance claim? Here are some tips from AI’s Chief Operating Officer and Vice President, John Marini:
- Check with Your State Department of Insurance — Most states require public adjusters to be licensed. This means that they have met the state’s education and experience requirements for practicing the profession in that particular state. Many states have directories online that allow you to confirm an adjuster’s licensing. You can also call your State Department of Insurance to check on licensure. To find your state’s Department of Insurance, visit naic.org.
- Find a NAPIA Member — Find a firm that is a member of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters. Public adjusters from these companies have agreed to abide by the organization’s code of ethics and are licensed in the states that require it.
- Check State and Regional Associations — Many states also have local public adjusting associations that provide online directories that you can use to confirm membership.
- Check References — Always request references from any public adjuster before working with them. By speaking with past clients, you can get a better understanding of how easy the public adjuster will be to work with and how successful they have been in handling past claims.
- Visit the Company’s Website — Most legitimate public adjusters have a website. If the firm does not offer this or any other marketing materials, then that may be a red flag indicating that the firm is not legitimate.
- Call the Better Business Bureau — Consumers may also want to call their local Better Business Bureau to see if the company is a BBB Accredited Business and if any complaints have been filed against them.
- Don’t Allow Yourself to be Pressured — Although it is usually best to get a public adjuster involved early in the claims process, you should avoid anyone who tries to rush you into making a decision.
Once you have narrowed down a short list of public adjusters, what additional questions should you ask? For example, you could ask them:
- How long have you been in business?
- Do you have errors and omissions insurance?
- Do you have experience adjusting my type of claim?
“Filing an insurance claim can be complicated and stressful. Most homeowners just want to get their lives back to normal whether that means moving back into their damaged homes or cooking in their newly renovated kitchens,” said Marini. “A little research can go a long way toward making sure that they’re not only picking the best Public Adjuster for the job but also making the whole process easier on themselves and their families.”
Adjusters International’s public adjusters are licensed, educated and experienced. Contact Us today to find out how we could be of assistance with your property damage insurance claim.
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