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Patrick Hindert is Managing Director of S2KM Limited.
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Continuing to advance a theme of "industry unity", which now appears to encompass some collaborative political lobbying as well as education, the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) hosted its 2015 Annual Meeting April 22-24 in Washington, D.C. Incoming NSSTA... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
In a recent article titled "Time for Congress to Reform Structured Settlements", published April 20, 2015 in the Congress Blog, attorney Richard Risk alleges "Congress’ noble goal of supporting accident victims has been upended by the current system in which... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The Academy of Special Needs Planners (ASNP), one of three national associations of special needs attorneys (the others being the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) and the Special Needs Alliance (SNA), hosted its ninth annual educational conference March... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The Society of Settlement Planners (SSP) hosted its 2015 Annual Conference last week in Las Vegas with an unprecedented number of structured settlement association leaders as speakers and attendees including representatives from the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The U.S. structured settlement industry consists of three national professional associations - the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA), the Society of Settlement Planners (SSP) and the National Association of Settlement Purchasers (NASP) - whose political differences frequently obscure their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
It was "Showtime in Las Vegas" last week as the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) introduced its newest educational offering ("Structures 202") to a cross-section of 150 association members including many "Next Generation" structured settlement participants. Preliminary informal reviews... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Structured settlement primary market annuity sales increased by $115,881,836 (approximately 2%) to $5,250,262,691 in 2014 compared with $5,134,380,855 in 2013 according to industry estimates compiled and recently distributed by Melissa Evola Price. Total 2014 structured settlement cases also increased to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The United States structured settlement market has been in existence for more than 35 years and continues to expand its scope, complexity and importance within the context of personal injury settlement planning. Since it was first published in 1986, "Structured... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Medicare compliance continues to create "confusion, misinformation and disagreement" among defendants, their insurers and advisors according to speakers at the 2015 Winter Regional Conference hosted by the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) January 29 in Orlando. NAMSAP is... Continue reading
Posted Feb 4, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Some personal injury victims and their families will have a new tax-preferenced funding option following enactment of the Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act) of 2014 which was signed into law last month by President Barack Obama. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The Executive Life of New York (ELNY) liquidation, which occurred on April 16, 2012 represented the dominant structured settlement story of 2011, 2012 and 2013 and one of the most important developments in the history of the United States structured... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
During the late 1970s, and throughout the 1980s, when defendants retained exclusive control of structured settlements, many brokers and their liability insurance company clients referred to unsuccessful sales as "cash outs". Their professional interests and curiosity were narrowly defined and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Is the bloom finally off the rose for structured settlement secondary market leader JGWPT Holdings, Inc. (JGWPT) whose subsidiaries include J.G. Wentworth (JGW) and Peachtree Settlement Funding (Peachtree)? Despite strong sales since 2010, punctuated by the November 25, 2014 announcement... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The United States structured settlement primary market has continued to slowly recover from its 2012 nadir during 2014 with first nine months annuity sales of approximately $3.9 billion resulting from 19,778 cases (as reported by Melissa Evola) a premium increase... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Despite unresolved issues, utilization of IRC 468B Qualified Settlement Funds (QSFs) in "single event" cases, as well as class action and mass tort cases, is expanding, and increasingly represents the preferred method for resolving complex personal injury claims, according to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The National Association of Settlement Purchasers (NASP) celebrated its 10th annual conference November 5-6, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas with record attendance, recognition of past accomplishments and a clear existential message from its president Patricia LaBorde: "NASP exists to insure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Although David Ringler was unable to attend the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) 2014 Fall Educational Conference October 29-30 in La Jolla, California, he had an apparent impact. Ringler, NSSTA's first president, previously re-stated his original vision for NSSTA... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Publisher Law Journal Press will be distributing hard copy supplements for Release 56 of "Structured Settlements and Periodic Payment Judgments" (S2P2J) later this month with online S2P2J subscribers receiving their update automatically and simultaneously. Online S2P2J includes a search feature... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The Academy of Special Needs Planners' (ASNP) 12-part "Settlement Planning" webinar series , which begins today, offers an important educational opportunity to learn more about this evolving profession. Evaluated in advance, based upon its online descriptive materials: The strengths of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
During this transitional era for both settlement planning and the primary and secondary structured settlement markets, participating professionals are fortunate to have multiple educational opportunities this Fall to update and expand their knowledge. Conferences Stetson SNT Conference - October 15-17... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has issued a Private Letter Ruling (PLR-143928-13) dated August 29, 2014 approving favorable tax treatment for a structured settlement annuity with annual payment adjustments based on the performance of the Standard & Poors 500 Index... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
In two prior S2KM blog posts (Part 1 and Part 2), Wendie A. Howland, MN, RN-BC, CRRN, CCM, CNLCP, LNCC, a nationally recognized life care planning expert, has helped to explain why life care planners increasingly impact multiple overlapping markets... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The increasing number, importance and roles of life care planners represents a significant development impacting several overlapping markets including structured settlements, personal injury settlement planning, special needs planning, and Medicare set-asides (MSAs). This S2KM blog post continues a three part... Continue reading
Posted Aug 27, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The most recent S2KM blog post highlights the growing strategic importance of life care planners for structured settlement and personal injury settlement planning professionals. To gain additional knowledge about life care planners, S2KM interviewed Wendie A. Howland, MN, RN-BC, CRRN,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The increasing number, importance and roles of life care planners represents one of the most significant developments S2KM has observed while attending 2014 structured settlement and settlement planning stakeholder educational conferences . Historically, many structured settlement consultants and personal injury... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements