Can you depend on crowdfunding for funeral costs?

It’s an all-too-common occurrence: A family loses a loved one unexpectedly and is forced to appeal for help to cover expenses. Many of us have seen the memorials on social media, the crowdfunding websites, or the donation bins at a local store for a family dealing with an unexpected loss. In many cases, the family […]

Matthew D. Becker has become an owner-principal of Johannesen-Farrar Insurance.

Andrew E. Groth, President, and Joseph P. Mulder, Vice President of Johannesen-Farrar Insurance have announced that Matthew D. Becker has become an owner-principal of Johannesen-Farrar Insurance. Matt joined the agency in July of 2006. “We are pleased to have Matt as part of our management team. His experience in the insurance business strengthens our firm […]

Prepare your family for severe weather and tornadoes

You can’t avoid tornadoes, but planning can help you recover. While tornadoes can occur throughout the year, spring and early summer are peak months in most of the United States. Prepare to respond to a tornado by stocking your emergency kit, updating your family’s emergency communication plan and checking your insurance coverage. “Tornado Alley” in the southern […]

Slider crime: Protect yourself from thieves

It’s not entertainment on a slide, a sport on ice or even a small hamburger. Slider crime is much more dangerous and is sweeping the country, particularly in urban cities. A slider crime is a new form of stealing. No longer do thieves simply target vehicles to steal, but their contents, too. And they are […]

When hiring a snow removal service, don’t forget about insurance

After a quiet December, Mother Nature has really created a ruckus in Wisconsin the last several weeks. From significant amounts of snow to extremely cold temperatures, winter’s back! If you’re fed up with shoveling, it may be time to hire a snow removal service for the remainder of the season. If you’ve recently hired a […]

Make sure you’re prepared to deal with your icy driveway

Here in Wisconsin, the weather is consistently throwing us for a loop. Anticipating snow and ice is something we all should do. If you’re looking to avoid an icy driveway this winter, or you’re curious about when and how to apply salt, here are a few tips to get you started: Before salting, make sure […]

Five tips to keep your pipes from freezing

Extreme cold temperatures put your home or business at risk for frozen pipes. As water freezes, it expands and puts pressure on pipes. When there’s too much pressure on pipes, they burst. Most times, the areas you need to be most concerned about are unheated areas, like garages and basements. Every year, insurance adjusters handle […]

Smart home technology for pets

From smart food dispensers and surveillance systems to ingenious toys and crafty crates, tech-savvy pet products are a booming market. Dog-walking robots may not be a reality yet, but we have recommendations for keeping your pets fed, safe, and busy while you’re away. With smart home technology devices, you can take some of the stress out […]

Eight winter safety tips to protect seniors from injury

Cold winter weather can take its toll on our homes, cars, and bodies. Frozen pipes, dead car batteries, and bodily injuries are common and often require us to seek help from a professional. As we age, cold weather can be extremely dangerous. Plummeting temperatures can lead to, icy sidewalks, hypothermia and other serious injuries. If […]

Holiday shopping? Tips for the store or online

Whether online or in the store, stay alert while doing your holiday shopping. Shoppers are poised to spread their time and money across both online and physical stores this holiday season, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation. As you grab your mouse or head out to join the crowd, here are some tips […]