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Scott R. Marshall

Tort Reform – Why You Should Care That The 7th Amendment Is Under Attack

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”  Franklin Delano Roosevelt Fear: the greatest tool of manipulators. When you listen to politicians, pundits, or anyone for that matter, and they are telling you to be afraid, the first […]

John Bair

Simplifying Your Financial Life Before and After Settlement

As a settlement planner, I have witnessed the roller coaster of emotions many people experience as their lawsuit comes to a close. Of course, settlement proceeds often bring a sense of relief for injured plaintiffs, but the sudden influx of […]

Michael Leizerman

Making Roads Safer for Cyclists

What will it take to make roads safe for cyclists: is it dedicated bike lanes? Better driver education? A “complete streets” approach to communities? According to Ohio state legislators, it will take at least three feet. Starting with House Bill […]

John Bair

Terms Every Injured Plaintiff Should Know When Considering a Special Needs Trust

When you are about to receive a settlement after you or a loved one has become permanently disabled, navigating through financial decisions correctly is critical. Medicaid and other government benefits can help pay for a great deal of necessities, but […]

John Bair

Is Legally-Appointed Guardianship the Answer?

Guardianship is a legal process intended to help people who cannot or can no longer make or communicate sound decisions about themselves and/or their property. A legally appointed guardian, often a trusted family member, is responsible for making those informed […]

John Bair

Diversity Contributes to the Successful Practice of a Settlement Planning Firm

In 2012, I introduced the idea of comparing the function of a comprehensive settlement planning firm to that of a family office. Much like a dedicated wealth management office, which provides families with a range of specialists to manage and preserve […]

John Bair

Connecting the Families of Loved Ones with Special Needs

Through my comprehensive settlement planning firm as well as through the Bairs Foundation and various community activities over the years, I have met thousands of families caring for people with special needs. Despite their loved ones’ range of injuries, needs, […]

Mark Bello

It’s never too early to plan for the unexpected around the Swimming Pool

Swimming season is not far off. Sadly, with it comes swimming pool tragedies, especially with young children. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), about 300 children under the age of five, drown in a swimming pool each year, […]

Mark Bello

Who has the Right-of-Way?

In part two of safety during a power outage, Lawsuit Financial asks the questions – “Do you know what to do when you approach an intersection and the traffic light is out? Who has the right of way?” In most […]

Mark Bello

Think Safety First When A Power Outage Affects You

Last week, high winds in southeastern Michigan left 800,000 homes and businesses without power. Some homeowners and businesses went five days without power; some areas are still not restored. Today, nearly 100,000 are without power in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, […]