Are You Failing to Retain your Own Settlement Planning Expert?

When it comes to settlement, each side should engage their own experts. The claimant is entitled to representation by a plaintiff-loyal settlement professional, rather than relying solely on a defense broker engaged by the liability insurer or self-insured defendant. Most defense brokers have alliances with the liability insurer, meaning they have a conflict of interest…

Lump Sum vs. Structured Settlement: What’s the Better Choice?

  Claimants involved in personal injury, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation cases have multiple options for handling their proceeds. While some may believe that a lump sum cash payment is the ideal method of accepting the proceeds, it may be more beneficial to place all or a portion of the proceeds in a structured settlement…

Qualified vs. Non-Qualified Assignments: What Do They Mean for Settlement Proceeds?

When it comes to placing settlement proceeds or attorney fees in an annuity, claimants and attorneys may find themselves confused about the tax implications associated with the annuity payments. They may hear the words “qualified” and “non-qualified” discussed—but how do those terms relate to settlement proceeds? Structured Annuities: How They Work If a claimant decides…