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John Bair

On the Fence about Filing a Lawsuit? Think About It This Way

“In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United […]

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Headed Toward Settlement? Not So Fast.

There Are a Few Things You Need to Know About Settlement Planning First. If you received the good news that you’re going to receive a settlement in your personal injury lawsuit, you probably know things are about to change. Of […]

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Should a Settlement Expert Have a Seat at the Table During Mediation?

As a trial lawyer, you’re giving it your all to obtain the settlement your client deserves. The plaintiff’s injury has been life changing, and you know she is going to need a lifetime of care and financial support. Mediation is […]

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What is your Structured Settlement Worth?

Based on our recent post about the secondary market for structured settlement annuities, you know that transferring your rights due under your structured settlement is legal.  However, knowing you can sell your payments doesn’t mean you should. There is a […]

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Can Plaintiffs Rely on Social Good When They Hit Exhaustion?

At the 2018 Mass Torts Made Perfect conference, I offered a look into one of the newest philanthropic efforts on the block, which advocates for plaintiffs in financial crisis. In case you missed my presentation, “Philanthropy and Civil Justice: Can […]

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Milestone in Action: A Future Secured for a TBI Victim

Alex* fell from a balcony and suffered a traumatic brain injury. As a result of his injury, he began to deal with severe anxiety and depression. He received a settlement, and the Milestone team stepped in to identify the best […]

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Understanding Critical Costs and Coverage of Special Needs Trusts

Someone with special needs may have unique expenses to think about, such as treatments, therapies, equipment, at-home care, and more — all of which are on top of their basic daily necessities. Last week, we talked about needs-based government programs […]

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Getting Financial Help for Special Needs

Every person hopes to receive the best medical care possible. But when you, your child,or someone else in your family has special needs, top-notch care is critical. It also tends to be far more expensive and far more complex, as […]

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What is a Non-Qualified Assignment?

You have likely heard the term “structured settlement,” which refers to a system in which a plaintiff receives payments from his or her settlement over time rather than in a lump sum. This can be an appropriate settlement planning choice […]

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The Evolution of the Structured Settlement Industry

Are factored payments streams legal? Buying an existing structured settlement annuity, and having the rights to the payments due under the structured settlement annuity policy is legal in all 50 states. The Structured Settlement Protection Act of 2002 paved the […]