Admitted Insurance Company

Law firms should work with an admitted insurance company.
Admitted Insurance Company vs. Non-Admitted Insurance Company for law firms is very specialized.  As such, we often work with both admitted insurance companies and non-admitted insurance companies.
In this post, we want to discuss the difference between the two types and why this is so important to your law firms.
Admitted Insurance Carriers  
An insurance company that is “admitted” has been approved by a state’s insurance department. Being “admitted” by the state’s insurance department means:
  • The insurance company must comply with all state regulations regarding insurance (established and overseen by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners ).
  • If the insurance company fails financially, the state’s guaranty fund will step in to make payments on claims as necessary.
  • You have to ability to appeal claims decisions through the state insurance department.
Non-Admitted Insurance Carriers  
An insurance company that is “non-admitted” has not been approved by the state’s insurance department. This means:
  • The insurance company does not necessarily have to comply with state insurance regulations.
  • If the insurance company becomes insolvent, there is no guarantee that your claims will be paid, even if your case is active at the time of the bankruptcy or financial failure.
  • You cannot appeal claims decisions through the state insurance department.
  • You must pay additional surplus lines fees and taxes when you purchase your policy.
In looking at both options, it’s plain to see that law firms should purchase their admitted carriers’ policies whenever possible.  However, there are situations where purchasing a non-admitted policy may be your only option.
To find out what options you have in purchasing an admitted insurance policy as a law firm, please contact our office to find out more. A member of our expert team will gladly answer all you r questions and ensure you have the coverage you need for your practice.
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