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John Bair

Understanding Critical Costs and Coverage of Special Needs Trusts

Someone with special needs may have unique expenses to think about, such as treatments, therapies, equipment, at-home care, and more — all of which are on top of their basic daily necessities. Last week, we talked about needs-based government programs […]

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Getting Financial Help for Special Needs

Every person hopes to receive the best medical care possible. But when you, your child,or someone else in your family has special needs, top-notch care is critical. It also tends to be far more expensive and far more complex, as […]

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What is a Non-Qualified Assignment?

You have likely heard the term “structured settlement,” which refers to a system in which a plaintiff receives payments from his or her settlement over time rather than in a lump sum. This can be an appropriate settlement planning choice […]

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The Evolution of the Structured Settlement Industry

Are factored payments streams legal? Buying an existing structured settlement annuity, and having the rights to the payments due under the structured settlement annuity policy is legal in all 50 states. The Structured Settlement Protection Act of 2002 paved the […]

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What Happens to My Settlement Money During Divorce?

You made it through litigation, and now you’re facing another unexpected obstacle in your life: divorce. Our experience at Milestone has shown that unfortunately, this situation is all too common. After their case concludes and their settlement money is about […]

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Using a Spend Down to Preserve Benefits, Prepare for Long-Term Security

Millions of adults and children with special needs rely on benefits from Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid to live their best lives. In fact, 86 percent of SSI beneficiaries in 2016 qualified due to a disability (rather than age). […]

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Helping People During the Difficult Times in their Lives

Our nonprofit, the Bairs Foundation, provides capital to families in need as they await settlement from a lawsuit. Unlike the “Get Cash Quick!” lenders out there – which often charge exorbitant interest rates — the foundation provides advances at seven percent simple interest. Simply […]

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NFL Settlement: Can Judges Regulate Plaintiffs’ Funding Deals?

For years, we have been watching the progress of the NFL concussion lawsuit, a landmark case that rocked the sports world. Now, the $1 billion settlement with retired NFL players is also raising questions about judicial power in regulating contracts […]

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Don’t Forget These Tips if You’re About to Receive a Settlement

If you’re going to receive a settlement as the result of a catastrophic injury, it’s normal to feel overwhelmed. You may have questions about what to do with the money. Should you invest it? Should you put it in the […]

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Legal Funding FAQ Series: Restrictions on Lawsuit Funding

Until you became a plaintiff in a lawsuit, you probably did not pay much attention to terms like “plaintiff funding,” “lawsuit loan” and/or “legal funding.” Now, if you’re struggling to make ends meet before your settlement arrives, your settlement will […]