If you have an umbrella policy, you should learn how to maximize an umbrella policy. After all, an umbrella policy costs you premiums every year you own one.
If you have assets that amount to more than what your car insurance and home insurance coverage provides, then you should probably get an umbrella policy for protection. The amount of umbrella policy coverage you should have is an individual choice. If you want to be safe, get an umbrella policy equal to your estimated net worth.
I’ve personally taken a “riskier” approach by getting an umbrella policy less than my net worth. I figure, I’m not doing anything particularly offensive or risky in day-to-day life. Nor is my business putting anybody in physical danger. If I was running a roller coaster amusement park on the other hand, you bet your buns of steel I’m getting maximum coverage!
The point of this article is remind people to protect their assets. I also want you to have a talk with your insurance company since you’re paying for coverage. Finally, make sure the insurance coverage is aligned to expectations. Spending a lifetime of work only to see it get wiped away by some random act would be unfortunate.