A business owner's policy, or BOP, bundles general liability insurance and commercial property insurance at a discount. This package protects accountants and other financial professionals from the most common lawsuits along with fires, storm damage, and theft.
Every time a client walks through the door, there’s a risk of a slip-and-fall injury. Additionally, a fire could destroy thousands of dollars of computers and electronics and leave your office in ruins.
A business owner’s policy covers these risks and more. This policy bundles general liability insurance and commercial property insurance, typically at a lower rate than purchasing both policies separately.
General liability insurance provides coverage for third-party injuries or property damage for which you might be found liable. Commercial property insurance protects your building, equipment, and inventory from damage or loss.
A BOP protects against:
Businesses that are eligible for a BOP typically:
Insurance agents often recommend a BOP for its affordability and broad coverage. Most policies cover the following:
The commercial property insurance included in a business owner’s policy safeguards business property that is damaged, vandalized, or stolen. This includes:
If your financial business suffers damage from a fire – even one that started in another building – a BOP can cover renovation costs.
The general liability portion of a BOP can pay for legal expenses related to third-party injuries or property damage. For example, it would cover the following incidents:
The general liability portion of this policy also offers protection against advertising injuries, which include:
For example, if you accidentally copy another accounting firm's slogan in an advertising campaign, a BOP would cover your legal costs if the other company sues.
If your business is forced to close after a fire, storm, or other covered property claim, a BOP can help compensate for lost income and day-to-day expenses until you're back in business.
For example, a financial planning firm might have to temporarily close its office after a storm breaks the windows and floods part of the building. Business interruption insurance, included in most BOPs, covers operating expenses while the office is being renovated. It could also cover the cost of rent if you're forced to temporary relocate your business.
A business owner's policy protects against the most common lawsuits and damaging incidents, but it doesn't cover every risk. Finance professionals should also consider:
Professional liability insurance: This policy covers legal defense costs if a client suffers a financial loss due to your advice or services. It's sometimes referred to as errors and omissions insurance (E&O).
Cyber liability insurance: If a financial expert suffers a data breach and client information is compromised, this policy helps pay for recovery expenses, credit monitoring services, and customer notification costs.
Fidelity bonds: Also called employee dishonesty bonds, fidelity bonds compensate clients in the event of employee theft. They're often required by client contracts.
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