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Providing for a Disabled Claimant’s Future May 21, 2018

The cost of a client losing government benefits can be very high, often in the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. From a risk management standpoint, it is wise to ensure that all possible options for settlement distribution as well as ...

Stay Informed: Medicare Set-Asides for Liability and Workers’ Comp Cases Mar 16, 2018

Medicare Set-Asides serve as a glaring reminder that the legal sector must remain vigilant in its awareness and understanding of evolving government benefit guidelines. The following article discusses the current status of the Liability Medicare ...

Are You Failing to Retain your Own Settlement Planning Expert? Jan 19, 2018

When it comes to settlement, each side should engage their own experts. The claimant is entitled to representation by a plaintiff-loyal settlement professional, rather than relying solely on a defense broker engaged by the liability insurer or ...

Protecting Government Benefits with a Pooled Trust Dec 28, 2017

Disabled individuals who are awarded injury settlements under $500,000 may experience financial consequences with lifelong implications. Those who receive needs-based government benefits (e.g., Medicaid, SSI) will likely lose benefit eligibility if ...

What are ‘Entitlement Benefits’—and Will a Settlement Recovery Impact Eligibility? Dec 1, 2017

There is considerable misinformation about what the word “entitlement” means in the context of government benefits and how a settlement will impact those benefits. The following is a quick breakdown of which programs qualify as “entitlement benefits” ...

The New Liability MSA Policy: What You Need to Know Sep 20, 2017

For years, plaintiff attorneys and settlement planning professionals have operated under a set of unclear assumptions when it came to liability settlements and future medicals for Medicare beneficiaries. While the rules are still unclear, the Centers ...

Is a Settlement Planner Necessary When Your Client Doesn’t Want to Structure? Aug 4, 2017

A commonly held belief in the legal community is that settlement planners only provide structured settlement services. Unfortunately, subscribing to that misconception may result in missed opportunities to resolve your client’s settlement in a manner ...

Why is it Advantageous to Fund an MSA with a Structured Settlement? Aug 3, 2017

When a Medicare beneficiary anticipates receiving a settlement including funds for future medical costs, their first question is typically: how will the settlement affect my Medicare eligibility ? Because Medicare is an entitlement benefit (i.e. it ...

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