Public adjustment companies are often small family businesses. Many are multigenerational. Art Jansen's death last month made me reflect on these ideas, the pioneering role he played in establishing public relations in Texas, Art Jansen, Jr. and Art Jr.'s good friend, Jim Beneke.
The Beneke and Jansen families started the public adjustment business in Texas. Art Jansen moved his family from New Jersey to Texas in late 1978 and started Jansen & Company. This was a little more than a decade after Bob Beneke started his public adjustment company as R.G. Beneke & Company 1965. 1 While many public prosecutors in Texas today can take their ability to exercise public prosecution for granted, Bob Beneke and Art Jansen were both forced to contend that public adaptation was an unlicensed criminal act. and unauthorized practice.
Art Jansen is forever cited in Texas legal precedent, Unauthorized Exercise of the Law Commission against Jansen 2 on Accusations of Unauthorized Practice of the Law. The Court agreed that public adaptation practices were legal and public adjusters could exercise their trade as long as they did not override the practice of law, making this finding:
We cannot agree with UPLC's assertion that property damage and fill in the appropriate forms to file a claim constitute the law. In fact, it is the same procedure that all insureds must follow to collect on an insurance policy. The fact that the appellee is paid for his services and expertise does not turn his actions into law. Our holding should not be construed as authorizing discussions or "negotiations" with insurance companies on coverage issues. Nor do we mean to imply that "presenting" a claim to the insurance company by a public insurance adjuster is tantamount to negotiating a solution. The former is essentially just delivering the necessary paperwork and data while the latter involves the practice of law. Interpretation of insurance contracts would also probably cross the line into law. Appellee agrees that if the matter to be submitted to an insurance company involves a coverage dispute, the services of a lawyer are required. We find that the trial arrived at a suitable accommodation that will not completely eliminate the profession of public insurance adjustment in the state.
Art Jansen and Bob Beneke were founding members of the Texas Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (TAPIA). Art served as president of TAPIA and was active on the board of the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA) serving on its board.
The fruit does not fall far from the tree for many public adjusters. Art Jansen, Jr. and Jim Beneke met Mary Fortson and me in 2008 to re-establish TAPIA ̵
Jim Beneke had this to say about the older Art Jansen:
I have a lot of respect for how Art lived his life. A good family man, a worthy competitor and a master of the traditional public adaptation industry. I was honored to work with him and Art Jr. to combat the illicit practice of the law committee's efforts to get us out of business. In the end, these efforts led to the licensing legislation we now have. I also admire the relationship Art and Art Jr shared, and the company they built.
Longtime Texas general president Bill Hoffman told me that Art Jansen was a "good guy" and a "persistent" competitor. Public Adjuster David Moore told me how the two arts were best friends, great at running their business together before Art retired, and guys who enjoyed being in their family.
Art Jansen, Jr. Told me that he started working with his father in the family's public adjustment business as most children of public adjusters do – count the content after a loss. He also expressed hope that his own son will return to the company full time after graduating from college. Something tells that older Art Jansen passed with the same hope.
Thought for the Day
I can & # 39; t say I grew up saying, "One day I want to be Vice President of the Lakers, & # 39; is not how it happened.I work for our family business, and it happens to be the Lakers.
1 Bob Beneke Tribute https://www.propertyinsurancecoveragelaw.com/2015/ 09 / articles / insurance / a-tribute-to-bob-beneke / # more-10296
2 Unauthorized practice by Law Comm. V. Jansen 816 SW 2d 813 (Tex. App. 1991) .