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Patrick Hindert is Managing Director of S2KM Limited.
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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 3 days ago 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
Asta Funding, Inc., ("Asta") a publicly traded company (Nasdaq: ASFI), has announced the December 31, 2013 acquisition of an 80% ownership interest in CBC Settlement Funding, LLC ("CBC"), a structured settlement factoring company. The announcement indicates Asta, "through a subsidiary... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Section 202(b) of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013, enacted by Congress on December 18, 2013, modifies the federal Medicaid Secondary Payer statute and permits recovery for “any payments by such third party.” Under the Medicaid Secondary Payer statute, Medicaid... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Personal injury settlement planning conferences will start early in 2014 when the National Alliance of Medicare Set-Aside Professionals (NAMSAP) hosts a Regional Meeting in Miami, Florida on January 10. Here is a preliminary listing of 2014 educational conferences and events... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Structured settlements are supposed to provide economic security for people with serious injuries and disabilities - to help them rebuild their lives and, in many cases, to achieve special lifetime accomplishments. Instead of an all-cash personal injury settlement, structured settlement... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2013 at Beyond Structured Settlements
While Berkshire Hathaway quietly assumed leadership among primary market structured settlement annuity providers during 2013, J.G. Wentworth (JGW) continued to consolidate its control of the secondary market with the same "subtlety" and ubiquitousness that have characterized its late-night television advertisements.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2013 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Despite an abundance of related professional associations, participants and conferences, as well as legislative and regulatory developments, personal injury settlement planning (settlement planning) remains an evolving concept with competing definitions, standards and business models and many unanswered questions. Professional associations... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2013 at Beyond Structured Settlements
The U.S. structured settlement industry in 2013 continued to define itself into three related markets (primary, secondary and settlement planning) with the liquidations of Executive Life Insurance Company of New York (ELNY) and Reliance Insurance Company representing important industry storylines.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Former J.G. Wentworth (JGW) executives and Directors, Michael Goodman and Gary Veloric, (Plaintiffs) have filed a Complaint in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware against current CEO David Miller, three current JGW Directors and multiple JGW affiliate... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2013 at Beyond Structured Settlements
Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Judge Bonnie Brigance Leadbetter has signed an Order approving a Transfer and Assumption Agreement whereby Reliance Insurance Company will transfer all Reliance-owned structured settlement annuity contracts and corresponding payment obligations issued by Genworth Life Insurance Companies to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2013 at Beyond Structured Settlements