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Patrick Hindert is Managing Director of S2KM Limited.
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Single-claimant qualified settlement funds (SCQSFs) represent one of the two most politically divisive issues within the structured settlement industry - with the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) opposing and the Society of Settlement Planners (SSP) promoting SCQSF use. Tax... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at Beyond Structured Settlements
Despite continuing evidence and predictions of expanded enrollment for private health insurance pursuant to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), Medicaid planning, especially for long-term care costs, continues to represent a settlement priority for many past and present... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at Beyond Structured Settlements
Is the Affordable Care Act (ACA) good or bad for structured settlements? What impact will it have on settlement planning in personal injury cases? Four years following the ACA's enactment, and two years after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld its... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) refers to two controversial laws enacted in March 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Health Care Education and Reconciliation Act, which restructure the fundamental relationship among government, health care providers and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
What impact will the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) have on future medical expenses in personal injury cases? This question, perhaps the most important ACA-related issue for personal injury stakeholders, including settlement planners and structured settlement professionals, is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
"Avanti sempre avanti" - forward always forward! Michael Amoruso, provided this impromtu theme for the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) 2014 Annual Conference while accepting NAELA's Theresa Award in recognition of his advocacy and support of individuals with... Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP), the only national professional association whose singular focus is Medicare Set-Aside arrangements (MSAs), celebrated its 10th anniversary last week in Las Vegas with a congratulatory acknowledgement of past accomplishments, a comprehensive educational... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Two years after Judge John Galasso signed an Order of Liquidation and approved the Restructuring Agreement for Executive Life of New York (ELNY), separate (but nearly identical) class action lawsuits have been filed in Florida and Oregon on behalf of... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
"Unification not polarization!" Society of Settlement Planners (SSP) President Neil Johnson espoused this principle in his keynote address as the theme for SSP's 2014 Annual Meeting and Educational Conference. Current industry polarization as identified by Johnson, and discussed by other... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
In a market desperate for innovation, Pacific Life Insurance Company appears to have answered the call with a new, optional "Indexed-Linked Annuity Adjustment Payment Rider" (ILAAPR) for its structured settlement products. Although life insurance companies first offered equity-indexed annuities during... Continue reading
Posted Apr 21, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Continuing a series of workers compensation (WC) Medicare set-aside (MSA) regulatory compliance initiatives, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published a WCMSA Self-Administration (SA) Toolkit. CMS' stated purposes for this Toolkit are to help WCMSA self-administrators: Manage... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Although personal injury settlement planning (settlement planning) might be suggestive of "person-centered planning", (PCP) the latter term has a special meaning for disabled persons. Surprisingly, PCP is rarely, if ever, specifically discussed during educational conferences sponsored by structured settlement, settlement... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Personal injury settlement planning and special needs planning represent two overlapping professions undergoing transformation and expansion as complex new legislation, regulations and case law interact to redefine their legal environment. In addition to studying these new laws, settlement planners and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
In addition to its other accomplishments (most notably publication of "Standards of Professional Conduct for Settlement Planners"), the Society of Settlement Planners (SSP) has distinguished itself by sponsoring educational programs addressing issues, featuring speakers and permitting perspectives the more defense-oriented... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The introduction of two non-traditional "structured settlement" products underscores the expanding role of annuities in personal injury settlement planning (settlement planning) but also raises fundamental questions about suitability, due diligence and industry education. Pacific Life recently announced a new structured... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
What impact will the 2010 Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, and related international regulatory developments, have on structured settlement annuity providers? Proposed Amendment to Dodd-Frank That issue was indirectly spotlighted this week when Senator Susan Collins (R.,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Two publications have recently highlighted the important role of Cornell University in expanding disability studies, research and statistics. Wall Street Journal Article A March 5, 2014 Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article (subscription required), titled "Disability Studies: Hot Topic on Campus"... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Publisher Law Journal Press anticipates a Spring 2014 distribution date for hard copy supplements for Release 55 of "Structured Settlements and Periodic Payment Judgments" (S2P2J) with online S2P2J subscribers receiving their update automatically and simultaneously. Online S2P2J includes a search... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Structured settlement primary market annuity sales increased approximately seven (7%) percent to $5.134,380,855 in 2013 (compared with $4,819,124,617 in 2012) according to industry estimates compiled and recently published by Melissa Evola. Total 2013 structured settlement cases also increased to 26,533... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
A new Class Action lawsuit has escalated the legal battle in Illinois concerning the impact of "anti-assignment" restrictions on transfers of structured settlement payment rights. In the lawsuit, Plaintiff Valerio Sanders seeks to represent the following class: "Those individuals who... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
More than 2000 personal injury plaintiff attorneys (plaintiff attorneys) converged on New Orleans this past week for the American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2014 Winter Meeting. Most plaintiff attorneys view themselves primarily as litigators and therefore prioritize their roles and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
This structured settlement secondary market report updates S2KM's most recent secondary market reporting: Structured Settlements 2013 - Secondary Market Asta Funding Acquires CBC Settlement Funding Falsified New York Transfer Orders S2KM previously reported that a New York law firm had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
WCMSA Market Metrics The recent National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) Regional Conference highlighted the strategic importance of workers' compensation Medicare set-aside arrangements (WCMSAs), and their growth potential for structured settlements - as well as the need for more... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) Regional Conference, held earlier this month in Miami, Florida, highlighted the strategic importance of workers' compensation Medicare set-aside arrangements (WCMSAs), and the growth potential of structured settlements, resulting from recent legislative and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
"[T]here are three kinds of falsehoods, lies, damned lies and statistics" according to the late Arthur James Balfour, a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, as quoted in the Manchester Guardian, June 29, 1892. Consequently, when the Centers for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements