Vote for TSAW as California’s #1 Structured Settlement Provider!

The Settlement Alliance-WEST is proud to announce that we have been nominated as the Best Structured Settlement Provider in California. With offices throughout the state, we are committed to providing plaintiff attorneys and injured claimants with the legal industry’s most comprehensive settlement planning services. If you are an attorney, paralegal, or judge in California, please…

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Stay Informed: MSAs for Liability and Workers’ Comp Cases

Medicare Set-Asides serve as a glaring reminder that the legal sector must remain vigilant in its awareness and understanding of evolving government benefit guidelines. The following article discusses the current status of the Liability Medicare Set-Aside process and offers insight into existing Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-Aside procedures. Current Status of Liability Medicare Set-Asides In 2017,…

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Is a First Party Special Needs Trust Right for Your Client?

Disabled individuals who expect to receive settlement proceeds may need to consider placing the proceeds into a trust account to preserve assets, protect government benefit eligibility, and help ensure that their needs are being met. A First-Party Special Needs Trust (sometimes referred to as a “d4A trust,” as a nod to the section of federal…

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Why Structuring SMALL Settlements Can Mean BIG Benefits: Case Examples

  It is understood that structured settlements are a safe financial vehicle widely used for injury victims receiving large settlements.  As settlement planners, we are frequently asked if it is also appropriate to structure smaller settlements.  The truth is, our team works with injury victims regardless of their settlement size, and in fact, the average…

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The Latest Financial Options for Non-Physical Injury Settlements

Most attorneys know that when it comes to physical injury settlements, there are a number of financial vehicles available to help preserve their clients’ long-term financial security. But what about non-physical injury settlements, the proceeds from which are taxable? There are several products on the market offering a variety of benefits for non-physical injury settlements…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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