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NSSTA 2015 "Structures 202" Conference

Posted on February 23, 2015
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...


Structured Settlement Update - 2014 Annuity Sales

Posted on February 13, 2015
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...


S2P2J Release 57 Highlights

Posted on February 08, 2015
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...


NAMSAP 2015 Winter Regional Conference

Posted on February 04, 2015
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...


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Achieving a Better Life Experience Act (ABLE Act)

Posted on January 19, 2015
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...


Structured Settlements 2014 - ELNY and Reliance

Posted on December 30, 2014
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....


Structured Settlements 2014 - Settlement Planning

Posted on December 22, 2014
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...


Structured Settlements 2014 - Secondary Market

Posted on December 14, 2014
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...


Structured Settlements 2014 - Primary Market

Posted on December 09, 2014
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...


Evolve 2014 QSF Symposium

Posted on December 02, 2014
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...


NASP 2014 Annual Conference

Posted on November 20, 2014
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...


NSSTA 2014 Fall Educational Conference

Posted on November 12, 2014
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...


S2P2J Release 56

Posted on October 16, 2014
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...


ASNP Settlement Planning Webinar Series - 1

Posted on October 01, 2014
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...


Fall 2014 Educational Resources

Posted on September 29, 2014
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...


Potential "Game Changing" S2 PLR

Posted on September 02, 2014
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...


Wendie Howland Interview - 3

Posted on August 29, 2014
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...


Wendie Howland Interview - 2

Posted on August 27, 2014
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)...


Wendie Howland Interview - 1

Posted on August 26, 2014
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...


Life Care Planners

Posted on August 18, 2014
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...


AAJ 2014 Annual Meeting

Posted on August 06, 2014
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...


Single-Claimant QSFs Revisited

Posted on July 23, 2014
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...


Government Medicaid Reports

Posted on July 18, 2014
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...


ACA and Future Medical Expenses - 3

Posted on July 01, 2014
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 its enactment, and two years after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld its primary...


ACA and Future Medical Expenses - 2

Posted on June 30, 2014
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...


ACA and Future Medical Expenses ? 1

Posted on June 09, 2014
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...


NAELA 2014 Annual Conference

Posted on May 30, 2014
"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...


NAMSAP 2014 Annual Meeting

Posted on May 13, 2014
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...


ELNY Class Actions vs. Brokers

Posted on May 06, 2014
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...


SSP 2014 Annual Meeting

Posted on May 02, 2014
"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...


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