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Four Ver Ploeg & Marino Attorneys Named Florida Super Lawyers For 2018 And Five Honored As Rising Stars

Tue Jun 19th, 2018 on     Uncategorized,    

MIAMI, FL —Ver Ploeg & Marino is pleased to announce that four of its attorneys have been selected to the 2018 Florida Super Lawyers list for the Insurance Coverage practice area. They are Brenton N. Ver Ploeg, R. Hugh Lumpkin and Stephen A. Marino, Jr., all shareholders in the Miami office, and Robert P. Major, of counsel in the firm’s Orlando office.  No more than five percent of the attorneys in the state are selected to Super Lawyers.  Five attorneys from the Miami office were named as 2018 Florida Rising Stars for Insurance Coverage: Shareholders Matthew B. Weaver, Benjamin C. Hassebrock and Rochelle N. Wimbush,  and associates Arya Attari Li and Michal Meiler who were named to the list for the first time.  All of the attorneys at Ver Ploeg & Marino focus their practice entirely on insurance litigation and appeals, representing clients in both state and federal courts. Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters, rates lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers lists are published nationwide in Super Lawyers Magazines and in leading city and regional magazines and newspapers across the country. Super Lawyers Magazines also feature editorial profiles of attorneys who embody excellence […]

VPL’s Steve Marino to Chair FJA’s Emergency Response Tack Force

Tue Oct 3rd, 2017 on     Press Releases,    

By Matt Dixon 10/02/2017 04:30 PM EDT The Florida Justice Association, which represents state trial attorneys, has set up an insurance task force to provide information about policies after Hurricane Irma. “Hurricane Irma has resulted in chaos, confusion, and concern for too many homeowners,” FJA President Dale Swope said. “Consumers need straight answers about how they should proceed with their claims.” In the statement, he said members of the Emergency Response Task Force will be available to provide information at town halls and other events “where constituents can raise questions related to insurance claims.” It is chaired by Stephen Marino, an attorney with the firm Ver Ploeg & Marino. All task force members are serving on a volunteer basis.

Six Things to Know About Making Storm-Related Insurance Claims

Mon Sep 25th, 2017 on     Insurance Claims,    

  As a result of Hurricane Irma, people and businesses will begin to take stock of the damage suffered and evaluate potential recovery assistance promised by property insurance. We urge those affected to seek professional help and guidance; insurance policies are complicated documents. We suggest some simple steps that should be followed in finding the right help and guidance, and to assist in getting paid fairly and promptly. Make your claim: Insurance policies have time limits on when and how a claim should be made. More than 50 years ago, the Florida Supreme Court observed that most folks don’t read their insurance policies until disaster strikes – get the policy and review it now. If you need help interpreting what you need to do and when, check with your agent or broker. A good agent or broker can and will help you with the mechanics of providing notice of a claim. Document your claim: Always keep careful track of the extent and expense of your claim. All insurance policies require you to mitigate your damage to prevent more loss, but don’t try to fix anything unless lots of pictures are taken. If paying in cash, get a receipt. Insurance companies expected to make a large claim payment need an equally large amount of paper to justify the payment. Even if something is not covered by the policy or there is a large deductible, there may be tax reasons to keep all of that paper – consult a professional to tell […]

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