Umbrella Liability Policy: A policy designed to provide additional protection against catastrophic losses covered under liability policies, such as the business auto policy, commercial general liability policy, watercraft and aircraft liability policies and employers liability coverage. It provides excess limits when the limits of the underlying liability policies are used up by the payment of claims and it drops down and picks up where the underlying policy leaves off when the aggregate limit of the underlying policy in question is exhausted by the payment of claims. It also provides protection against some claims not covered by the underlying policies, subject to a self-insured retention
Underinsured Motorists Coverage: Provides coverage for bodily injury, and in some states property damage, for losses incurred by an insured when an accident is caused by a motorist who does not have sufficient insurance limits
Underlying Coverage: The insurance or coverage in place on the same risk that will respond to loss before the excess policy is called on to pay any portion of the claim
Underwriter: Company receiving premiums and accepting responsibility for fulfilling the policy contract. Also, company employee who decides whether the company should assume a particular risk; or the agent who sells the policy
Uninsurable Risk: A person who is not acceptable for insurance due to excessive risk.
Universal Life: An interest-sensitive life insurance policy that builds cash values. The premium payer has control over how the policy is structured. He has the flexibility to eliminate the premiums (essentially pay up the policy and pay no more premiums) or have the premiums continue for life. It is a matter of juggling three variables: the assumed interest rate, the cash value and the premium payment plan. The policy is interest-sensitive, and if interest rates change from the assumed interest, it will affect the other two variables. In the past, many Universal Life Policies were structured assuming a higher interest rate then was actually received, therefore, most of them have under performed. If you have a Universal Life Policy, you should have it evaluated to see if it needs to have the premiums adjusted to get it back on track. A fourth variable that has not been a factor but could be in the future, and the owner should be aware of, is the Mortality variable. Universal Life
policies are usually structured assuming current mortality rates. The insurance companies reserve the right to change those rates.
Unearned Premium: That portion of the policy premium that represents the unexpired policy term
Uninsured Motorist Coverage: Provides coverage for bodily injury, and in some states property damage, for losses incurred by an insured when an accident is caused by a motorist who is not insured
Utility Service Interruption Coverage: Coverage for the loss to an insured due to lack of incoming electricity which was caused by damage from a covered cause of loss, such as a fire or windstorm, to property away from the insured's premises - usually the utility generating station. Also referred to as 'off-premises power coverage'
Abandonment: As used in property insurance, prohibits the insured from abandoning damaged property to the insurance company for repair or disposal.
Accelerated Benefits Rider: An adjustment (rider) to a life insurance policy that allows for the early payment of some portion of the policy's face amount should the insured suffer from a terminal illness or injury.
Accidental Death Benefit Rider: An adjustment (rider) to a life insurance policy that provides for payment of an additional cash benefit when death occurs by accidental means. This amount depends on the value of the policy.
Accidental Death Insurance: An Insurance poicy that provides payment if the insured's death occurs as a results from an accident.
Accounts Receivable Coverage: Covers loss of sums owed to the insured by its customers that are uncollectible due to damage by an insured peril to accounts receivable records
Actual Cash Value (ACV): Cost to repair or replace damaged property with materials of like kind and quality, less depreciation
Additional Insured: A person or organization for whom insured status is arranged by endorsement
Advertising Injury: General liability coverage that insures against libel, slander, invasion of privacy, copyright infringement and misappropriation of advertising in connection with the insured's advertising of its goods or services
Agent: An authorized representative of an insurance company.
Aggregate: The maximum amount an insurance company will pay during the policy
All Risk Coverage: Property insurance covering loss arising from all causes of loss except those that are specifically excluded
Annually Renewable Term: Term insurance that provides coverage for one year and allows the policy owner to renew his or her coverage each year.
Application: A form with the information needed for an insurance company to underwrite and rate a specific policy
Assignment Assignment: The transfer of ownership of a Life Insurance policy from one person to another.
Attained Age: Your current age. Your attained age is a factors life insurance companies use to determine premiums.
Audit: A verification of the financial records, usually payroll or receipts, of an organization to determine exposures and premiums
Automobile: A land motor vehicle, trailer or semi-trailer designed for travel on public roads, not including 'mobile equipment'