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John Bair

Parents: Tips for Stress-Free Settlement Planning

At Milestone, I have heard the concerns of many parents who have had to plan for a substantial settlement for their son or daughter. One of the primary issues they face, of course, is the unlimited access their child would […]

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U.S. Creates Fund to Compensate Victims of Terrorism

Originally posted on LinkedIn In our current state of world affairs, not a day passes that we are not aware of terrorism. This awareness can come from the latest act of terror in our own country or in another region, […]

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The Miracle League: Bringing Accessible Baseball to People with Special Needs

A big part of my career involves helping families protect the financial futures of their children with special needs. My team and I work closely with parents to establish trusts, create Medicare set-asides, and take other approaches to plan out […]

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Special Needs Trusts: 4 Choices Parents will Need to Make

If your child receives government benefits like Medicaid and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and is about to receive a settlement in his or her injury lawsuit, the incoming money could impact his or her eligibility for those benefits. Depending on […]

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Pooled Special Needs Trusts: A Guide for Parents

Many of our clients are parents who have never received a settlement before and have suddenly found themselves in the middle of a lawsuit involving their injured child. Every experience is a new one: each step as the case progresses, […]

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Forget Smartphones; “Dumbphones” Could Give Us Our Lives Back

As an active member and volunteer speaker for End Distracted Driving (EndDD.org), I’m constantly beating the drum about the dangers of smartphone use and other distractions behind the wheel. Now that there’s an app for everything we need to do, […]

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4 Critical Choices when Establishing a Special Needs Trust

Parents of children with special needs often rely on needs-based government programs to pay for daily necessities. Strictly complying with these programs – which include Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and others – is critical to maintain eligibility. Part of […]

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Bringing More Women into the Workforce Would Boost Economic Growth

Women En Mass (WEM) explains the sentiment perfectly: “The world may have changed a great deal for women in America over the last 100 years, but there’s still work to be done.” Since the beginning of the 20th century, the […]

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Preparing for the Financial Costs of Caring for a Special Needs Child

I don’t know who said it first, but it’s certainly true: no one hands new parents a manual when they leave the hospital with their newborn. As parents, we simply face each new issue, surprise, and question as it comes, […]

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The Difference Between Simple and Compounding Interest

When requesting pre-settlement funding, one of the most important factors to consider is how a funding company will charge interest. This extra cost will be tacked on to the amount the borrower pays back to the funding company for the […]