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Joint Ventures


     A joint venture is an entity formed by two or more businesses in order to pursue a specific purpose for a specified period of time. While some states require joint ventures to be legally filed, other states recognize any entity that meets the definition. A partnership differs from a joint venture as the former lasts indefinitely and its purpose may change.

 

     A joint venture (or JV) can consist of sole proprietors, corporations, partnerships or any combination of these entities. Such ventures often bring together two areas of expertise to be applied to a single objective. Therefore, JVs allow the participating entities to capitalize on that combined expertise for a specified time period. JVs may also consist of entities that are, typically, rivals in the same market that may join forces for a commercial activity that they are unable to pursue alone (typically due to size, resources or expertise).

 

     Insurance policies generally do not cover a JV unless its name is shown on the policy. There is no automatic coverage for a business that begins a joint venture during a policy term. For instance, two contractors are interested in bidding on a major project. They decide that it may be beneficial to bid on the project as a single entity. In this case, the joint venture is recognized as a distinct legal entity formed for pursuing the project. Unfortunately, it’s equally common for businesses to fail to recognize that they have formed a JV. The oversight could result in the joint venture suffering a loss that isn’t covered by insurance.

 

     Consider contacting an insurance agent to discuss your possible coverage needs which may include general liability, automobile liability and, if the joint venture has employees, workers compensation insurance. It is also important to determine if the joint venture will need insurance to continue after the JV ceases to exist. While JVs can be extremely beneficial to all participants, they also have the potential for legal and operating problems that are unforeseen. JVs often involve complex contracts and non-disclosure agreements. The coverage issues are unique to each joint venture and should be carefully addressed by legal counsel and the insurance agent in cooperation with the joint venture principals.


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Earthquake Safety

 

Earthquakes appear to be making frequent headlines around the world. Earthquakes are not like severe weather that can be tracked and anticipated. You can switch on the TV or go to a website or devoted cable network for information on where the next earthquake will strike; much less have information on the level of damage it will cause.

So what CAN you do? Well, if you happen to live in a part of the U.S. which is prone earthquakes, making your home or business as safe as possible is extremely important. You may want to investigate whether your home or business have been built in a manner that takes earth movement into consideration. Does your home have reinforced foundations; do they contain features such as properly strapped pipes and properly braced walls? Is there any existing damage to walls, supports and flooring that could make your home even more vulnerable to damage? If so, repairs should be made. It may be necessary to get expert help from an engineer to assess your situation and to suggest needed changes.

Some simpler preparations can be made. Look around your home or business. What dangers exist? Consider addressing heavy items that may easily tip over or fall during an earthquake. If they can fall; they can fall on you or a loved one. Consider properly anchoring and reinforcing how such items are attached. Avoid merely placing heavy TVs on fragile furniture; consider attaching to walls with proper mounting. If a quake does occur, get to the floor or ground, avoid areas with furniture or appliances that may tip over, try to get under sturdy, heavy furniture or objects that can shield you….and hold on!

Consider creating a disaster plan that includes having emergency supplies, evacuation plans, contacting loved ones and coordinating a way to gather together to deal with recovering from a quake. One key, immediate issue is to check your surroundings for dangers such as downed electrical wires, damaged gas lines, weakened floors and walls that may collapse. Besides getting away from such dangers, you can help yourself and others by alerting emergency personnel so these hazards can be handled.

 

Earthquakes are unpredictable and incredibly dangerous. But any safety steps and procedures that you’re able to perform is important, even life-saving! Part of your plans should also include earthquake insurance; so any catastrophe does not include lack of the ability to repair, rebuild or replace what you’ve lost.

 



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