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John Bair

Spending Down to Preserve Government Benefits

Needs-based government programs like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid base a person’s eligibility on how much income and assets he or she has. If a beneficiary receives a personal injury settlement, that large sum of money can disqualify them […]

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Public Benefits and Settlement Proceeds: Can You Keep Both?

If you are about to settle a personal injury case, two things are likely true: the settlement is for a substantial amount of money, and you have financial and medical needs that are (or can be) met through government benefits. […]

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When Is a Discretionary Support Trust the Answer for Your Client?

If your client’s personal injury lawsuit is coming to an end and settlement is on the horizon, establishing a concrete plan for his or her financial recovery is a critical next step. Each plaintiff’s individual needs will differ, and there […]

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On the Fence about Filing a Lawsuit? Think About It This Way

“In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United […]

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Headed Toward Settlement? Not So Fast.

There Are a Few Things You Need to Know About Settlement Planning First. If you received the good news that you’re going to receive a settlement in your personal injury lawsuit, you probably know things are about to change. Of […]

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Should a Settlement Expert Have a Seat at the Table During Mediation?

As a trial lawyer, you’re giving it your all to obtain the settlement your client deserves. The plaintiff’s injury has been life changing, and you know she is going to need a lifetime of care and financial support. Mediation is […]

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What is your Structured Settlement Worth?

Based on our recent post about the secondary market for structured settlement annuities, you know that transferring your rights due under your structured settlement is legal.  However, knowing you can sell your payments doesn’t mean you should. There is a […]

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Can Plaintiffs Rely on Social Good When They Hit Exhaustion?

At the 2018 Mass Torts Made Perfect conference, I offered a look into one of the newest philanthropic efforts on the block, which advocates for plaintiffs in financial crisis. In case you missed my presentation, “Philanthropy and Civil Justice: Can […]

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Milestone in Action: A Future Secured for a TBI Victim

Alex* fell from a balcony and suffered a traumatic brain injury. As a result of his injury, he began to deal with severe anxiety and depression. He received a settlement, and the Milestone team stepped in to identify the best […]