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Patrick Hindert is Managing Director of S2KM Limited.
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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 6 days ago 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
Increasing use of structured settlements by plaintiff attorneys and their clients requires a more "unified marketing strategy" by stakeholders according to multiple brokers who exhibited at the recent American Association for Justice (AAJ) 2014 Annual Conference in Baltimore. Seven primary... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
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 Jul 23, 2014 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 Jul 18, 2014 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