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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...

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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...

Equity-Indexed Structured Settlements

Posted on April 21, 2014
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...

WCMSA Self-Administration Toolkit

Posted on April 15, 2014
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...

Person-Centered Planning

Posted on April 13, 2014
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...

ASNP 2014 Annual Conference

Posted on April 06, 2014
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...

SSP 2014 Secondary Market Panel

Posted on March 31, 2014
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...

Settlement Annuities

Posted on March 26, 2014
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...

Dodd-Frank and Structured Settlements

Posted on March 13, 2014
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...

Cornell Disability Studies, Research, Statistics

Posted on March 07, 2014
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"...

S2P2J Release 55

Posted on March 03, 2014
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...

Primary Market Update

Posted on February 25, 2014
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...

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