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John Bair

Taxable Settlements 101: BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

This post is the first in a series titled “Taxable Settlements 101,” which looks at some notable cases in which plaintiffs were taxed on their settlement recovery. This post also offers insight into how plaintiffs can prevent reaching a higher […]

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U.S. May Seize Manhattan Tower Funded With Iranian Money

Assisting victims of terrorism and their families is something very close to my heart, and my company and I do our part to support these efforts whenever we can. Since beginning this mission, Milestone Consulting has assisted thousands of families, […]

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Your Personal Economy: Start with the Basics

Originally published in Living Safer We all know that personal finances can be complex, scary, and sometimes, paralyzing. What you should do, when you should do it, who to have help you – all of these are questions we face […]

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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 […]