The Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting
What California’s new public adjusting law means for post-disaster advocacy
As disasters over the past few years have precipitated predatory behavior by contractors, roofers, and others, many State Insurance Departments and legislatures have grappled and continue to grapple with what is now being called UPPA, or the Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting. As a result of wildfires in Southern California, its Senate redefined and narrowed laws and regulations that affect who can and cannot represent a claimant following an insured disaster. My passion for this topic inspired me to write this white paper on California’s new law, some of the history leading up to it, and its implications for the future.
Steve Severaid is a Principal with The Greenspan Co./Adjusters International. Steve has been with the company since 1992, and works for disaster victims so that they can optimize their recoveries and get their lives in order without the added burden of assembling and documenting their insurance claims. Steve’s responsibilities within the organization include management duties, as well as working as a team leader to zealously advocate for individuals, communities and businesses that have suffered major losses. Steve has represented victims of major losses throughout the United States and worldwide and is available as a speaker on the topics of public adjusting and/or the Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting to small and large groups. Contact him today.
- Property Insurance Roundtable podcast – “The Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting (UPPA): Affecting Insurance Companies and Policyholders Alike”
- Video – “Business Income/Business Interruption & Public Adjusting”