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This second and concluding part of the discussion on self-insured retentions first itemizes the points that should be
considered when either drafting or accepting SIRs. The discussion then addresses some additional problem areas not only with self-insured retentions having to do with primary liability policies, but also with the SIR feature of umbrella policies. It is not unusual, furthermore, for litigants, among others, to confuse deductibles with self-insured retentions, and there are differences, as one case discussed points out. In light of the fact that self-insured retentions also are growing, it also is important that parties to a contract are informed of their existence. To not do so, could end up with the accusation of failure to procure the proper insurance and, of course, such a breach is not covered by liability policies. It is for this reason that perhaps insurance certificates should be amended to insert room to notify (and warn) certificate holders of an SIR existence.