Why Choose George
George has had a career genuinely balanced for the role of an umpire. He has employed as a claim’s representative, an insurance adjuster for insurers and insureds, a building and contents estimator, general contractor, project manager, and Realtor. He was a police officer in his early career and a certified fraud examiner, later, still holding the designation, CFE – Retired.
Having worked both sides of the fence so to speak, adjusters, appraisers, and umpires who have had dealings with him in the past will attest to George’s ethical nature, knowledge of physical damage claims as they relate to scope and policy coverages. As an umpire he will be unbiased, fair and just!
While a unanimous appraisal award is always desired, George will review the evidence before the tribunal in briefs, ask questions of witnesses and appraisers to see if any categories or line item in dispute can be resolved, but at the end of that process George may agree with one of the appraisers or present his own opinion as to amount of loss and see if one or both appraisers agree.
An award will be made in writing when the appraisal is completed.
Keep in mind the appraisal tribunal is limited in its mandate to address only the amount of loss, not an entitlement to coverage.
In order to maintain the efficiency of the process as intended by the policy and to avoid the necessity of litigation or judicial review, the parties may wish to consider clarifying the powers of the appraisal team by way of a written agreement signed by the parties authorizing the tribunal to make determinations that include scope of loss, replacement cost and actual cash value.
As part of George’s retainer agreement to act as umpire, the Parties and their Appraisers will be asked to authorize and
direct the umpire to destroy all notes, documents, information or research tendered to, received or obtained by the
Umpire in conjunction with the Appraisal, and that they will not compel the Umpire to divulge or submit same to any person or court in any subsequent arbitral or judicial proceedings, save and except this Appraisal Agreement and the Appraisal Award.
While appointment to the role of an Umpire is personal, not corporate, George flows income and expenses through STAT11 Inc., a Provincially incorporated company to which he is President and CEO.
The fee charged by STAT11 Inc. is based on an hourly rate plus office expense, disbursements, mileage and HST, shared equally by both parties. Long distance travel is charged on a flat rate basis.
There are many ways an Appraisal under the Act may be accomplished. Refer to “Appraisal Process” sub-tab outlining what to expect when George is selected by both parties.
Call George at 1-800-214-1348 x 701 to discuss!
4-1550 Kingston Road
Box 1412, Pickering
Ontario L1V 6W9