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Here are at Oak Tree Insurance our motto is "It's all about choices." We had our annual partner meeting with Atlas Insurance Brokers this May. We'll be adding another company soon. Even more choices for our clients. Stay tuned!

Exciting news! Oak Tree is moving to Prior Lake, MN April 1st

Due to the sale of the building, Oak Tree is moving to 15870 Franklin Trail SE Suite 105A, Prior Lake, MN 55372 on April 1st. This is exciting and good news for us. The location is much closer to Corey's home in Prior Lake allowing him more time to focus on clients and their needs due to less travel time.

Through Diversified Wealth Management, we had a business relationship with Provincial Bank. After almost 20 years in business Provincial Bank recently made the decision to sell the bank to another bank, Frandsen Bank & Trust. We thank the staff at Provincial Bank for their support of Oak Tree Insurance and Diversified Wealth Management and wish them well in the future.

We will be reaching out to the clients of Oak Tree Insurance and Diversified Wealth Management with updates and the new address soon. In the meantime, feel free to contact Corey at 952-469-9261 or his cell 952-687-1672 or his email corey.stich@oaktree-insurance.com . Thank you - Corey

Oak Tree Insurance is an independent insurance agency

Oak Tree Insurance is part of the Atlas Insurance Brokers (www.aibme.com) network of agents with over 50 locations in Minnesota. Being Independent Insurance Agents allows us to compare rates from over 50 insurance companies including AAA, Encompass, Progressive, Travelers, The Hartford, Safeco, West Bend, Selective and many more. We provide you with a customized, comprehensive, and cost effective insurance plan for your auto insurance, home insurance, business insurance, life insurance, health insurance, boat insurance, motorcycle insurance, farm insurance, and other insurance needs. This gives you more CHOICES and insurance options than agents that can only offer one insurance company like State Farm, American Family, Allstate, Farmers Insurance (One size does not fit All).

Can a standalone personal umbrella rescue victims of bare-bones coverage?

car-accident-new-york-usa-intersection-47146238A LIFE UNMADE

Jackie suffered serious injuries requiring several surgeries and intensive physical therapy to recover and even though she was not at fault for the accident, she got a $650,000 hospital bill.

HOW IT WENT (EVEN MORE) WRONG

Ian's minimum coverage for Jackie's medical bills was quickly exhausted — he was underinsured — so she had no choice but to sue him for reimbursement, incurring legal fees paid in advance, out of her own pocket.

Since Ian didn't have significant assets, he declared bankruptcy, putting Jackie back to square one. Burdened by debt, unable to work and without compensation for lost wages, she too was forced to declare bankruptcy.

REWRITING THE STORY

If Jackie had a personal umbrella with $1MM excess UM/UIM, it would have kicked in after the underinsured motorist on her auto was exhausted to take care of lost wages and medical bills.

  • Why UIM? If you're in an accident and the other driver is at fault and has limited coverage, it covers the gap between what their policy pays and your medical expenses. Without it, you are responsible for the difference.
  • UIM is insurance for your benefit. It's insurance for you and your passengers. It takes care of bodily injury and ensures your well-being.

Health insurance won't rescue you. It won't cover lost wages, pain and suffering or emotional distress and has limits for essential medical care, like physical therapy. And co-pays add up. If your bills are $650,000 and your health insurance pays 80%, you would be responsible for $130,000.

It’s Boat Season, don’t forget to pack your Insurance Card

Fish and boatMinnesota is the land of 10,000 lakes and many us like to spend time on the water. If you are one of them and have a boat, don't forget to renew or update your boat insurance. While it's not required like it is for a car, it's a good idea to have at least liability coverage. Oak Tree Insurance has access to several companies for boat insurance. Here's an example of coverage to consider when buying a new boat.

1. Physical damage - pays for the boat in the event it's damaged, stolen or even sinks.

2. Personal property - pays for all the fishing equipment, life jackets and other items you bring along.

3. Liability and medical payments - what if an action you did driving the boat injured another person or property? This pays for the injuries to a person and replaces property you damaged.

4. Uninsured boater - This pays for your medical injuries if someone runs into you or your family members and they didn't have insurance.

5. Spill Liability - Spilled gas or oil in the lake could be big expense to you if it happens. Think about the logs and rocks you can't see but could cause damage to the motor, and then the lower unit starts spilling oil and then the gas line ruptures, etc...

6. If you have an older boat with a motor 50hp or less and have a homeowners insurance or renters insurance policy, you may have liability coverage in that policy already. Contact your agent for clarification.

Home in Minnesota, cabin in Wisconsin. Looking for an agent that can insure both?

web photoshopDid you know that your insurance agent needs to be licensed in that state that your property is located in? If you have your primary home in Minnesota, have a cabin in Wisconsin, or a rental property in Arizona, Oak Tree Insurance can help you.

The agent, Corey, is licensed for business in MN, WI, or AZ. Contact Corey if you'd like to consolidate your policies with one competitive agency.

Remember, it's all about choices. Now it can also be convenient.

Thinking about buying a home soon?

Family standing in front of their home.If you're buying a home soon or just thinking about it, call me. Not only can Oak Tree Insurance provide you with a great homeowners insurance policy, we also have relationships with some of the premier mortgage loan officers and realtors in the Twin Cities South Metro area and a few other areas.

It's important that you make sure you follow some sound advice when purchasing a home. Whether it's your first home or your 10th home, here are a few tips when you buy a home.

1. If you're financing, try to avoid any major purchases for 3-6 months prior to buying. Any credit inquiries in the months leading up to a your purchase could reduce your credit rating which in turn could raise your interest rate. When you do start looking, get pre-approved first. This way you won't be wasting your time and you can get serious.

2. Only buy what you can afford. This might be obvious. Think about how much you're spending now on rent or your current mortgage. If you don't seem to have any extra money at the end of the month, don't spend more just because you're pre-approved for it. Just because you're preapproved for a large payment, you need to know how much you can really afford.

3. Once you've found the house, get a home inspection. See if you can go with the home inspector, ask questions, and don't rush it. You plan on living in the home, make sure you know what you're buying. If you see something that looks suspicious, ask about it. A crack in a basement floor could mean something as serious as a water drainage issue. But don't worry about paint colors, you can always paint. Some things are a simple fix, some things are not. Know what you're buying.

4. If you're buying an older home, make sure the systems are in good shape. Make sure the electrical system and plumbing system is up to date. Not only is this safer for the homeowner, it's also better for insurance rates. Check the roof too. New shingles means the insurance rates are better, old shingles could mean you'll be replacing them at some point in the near future.

5. But, if the price is right and you have the skills or the budget, you can overlook some of these repair items. Just make sure you don't wait too long before the repairs are done.

 

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