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    Revisiting the Grillo Case

    The Christina Grillo medical malpractice case reached a $2,500,000 settlement in Texas in 1990 – thirty years ago. Why is the case still important today? And why, like two other historical industry events which occurred in 1990 (the Uniform Periodic ...

    Patrick Hindert

    Patrick Hindert

    Patrick J. Hindert is Vice President of Business Development for Independent Assignment Company. Hindert has been a leader in the structured settlement industry since 1977. He previously served as President of Benefit Designs, a national structured settlement intermediary, which he owned and managed for 22 years. He has also served as President of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) and as Executive Director of the Society of Settlement Planners (SSP). Hindert is co-author of Structured Settlements and Periodic Payment Judgments, a legal treatise updated semi-annually since 1986, which is utilized by NSSTA and SSP in their certification programs. Hindert previously authored the industry blog Beyond Structured Settlements and has been a frequent speaker at national conferences sponsored by NSSTA, SSP, NAMSAP, ASNP, NASP and NAELA. Hindert served as keynote speaker at the first national structured settlement conference in Australia in 1994. He provided expert testimony to the United States House Ways and Means Committee in 1981 prior to enactment of the Periodic Payment Settlement Act of 1982.

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    SSP Webinar Review: Qualified Settlement Funds

    Since it was founded in 2000, the Society of Settlement Planners (SSP) has consistently offered its expanding membership high ...

    Attorney Resources

    Revisiting the Grillo Case

    The Christina Grillo medical malpractice case reached a $2,500,000 settlement in Texas in 1990 – thirty years ago. Why is the ...

    Knowledge Network

    Uniform Periodic Payments of Judgments Act: Conclusion

    In retrospect, the failure of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) to support the Uniform Periodic ...

    Public Benefits

    Celebrating 30 Years of the ADA

    July 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the enactment of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA).

    Knowledge Network

    Considering the Uniform Periodic Payment of Judgments Act: Part II

    For the vast majority of the 300 plus members of the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) who attended the ...

    Knowledge Network

    Considering the Uniform Periodic Payment of Judgments Act: Part I

    How different might the structured settlement market be today if the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) had ...

    Knowledge Network

    Revisiting Periodic Payment Judgments

    State periodic payment of judgment statutes originated in the United States as part of the tort reform movements of the 1970s and ...

    Knowledge Network

    Structured Settlements for Minors

    When a personal injury case involves a minor, structured settlements are frequently considered the best choice for a settlement ...

    Industry News

    The Gargan Case: Is the U.S. Government a Victim or a Perpetrator?

    The United States Department of Justice announced last week that Joseph E. Gargan, a scion of the Kennedy family and former Chief ...

    Plaintiff Resources

    Certainty vs. Volatility: Reconfirming the Case for Structured Settlements

    The Wall Street Journal published an article on June 12, 2020 highlighting a fundamental reason why structured settlements are ...

    Structured Settlements

    The Impact of COVID-19 on the Structured Settlement Market

    How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the structured settlement market to date and what impact will it have in the future?

    Structured Settlements

    A Settlement Planning "Commencement"

    During the past month, despite the cancellation of almost all in-person graduation ceremonies, the internet has been filled with ...

    Attorney Resources

    The Keys to Success for Multi-Million Dollar Verdicts

    What are the keys to success for nation's leading personal injury trial attorneys – those elite plaintiff attorneys who ...

    Plaintiff Resources

    How to Protect Your Settlement for Life

    Structured settlements offer many benefits compared to a lump sum settlement. One of the most important advantages is the option ...

    Knowledge Network

    What is the Difference Between Qualified vs. Non-Qualified Structured Settlements?

    What is the difference between a “qualified” structured settlement and a “non-qualified” structured settlement?

    Knowledge Network

    Structured Settlements and Periodic Payment Judgments Book Release 67

    Since it was first published in 1986, "Structured Settlements and Periodic Payment Judgments" (S2P2J), has provided structured ...

    Plaintiff Resources

    How Can Public Benefits Supplement Your Structured Settlement?

    One of the first steps every personal injury plaintiff should take following an accident, with the assistance of your attorney or ...

    Attorney Resources

    5 Things Every Attorney Should Know About Structuring Attorney Fees

    Most plaintiff attorneys have a fundamental understanding about structured settlements and the benefits structured ...

    Attorney Resources

    3 Tips for Preparing a Successful Mediation involving Structured Settlements

    From a structured settlement perspective, whenever a plaintiff attorney is preparing for a mediation involving various tort and ...

    Industry News

    An Analysis of the Revised NAIC Annuity Suitability Regulation

    The National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) has recently voted to update its Suitability in Annuity Transactions ...

    Knowledge Network

    An Analysis of the Updated ABLE POMS Guidance

    The Social Security Administration (SSA) has published updated Program Operation Manual System (POMS) guidance for Achieving a ...

    Plaintiff Resources

    What is a Structured Settlement Consultant and Why Do You Need One?

    According to the National Structured Settlement Trade Association, “Structured settlement consultants are available to discuss ...

    Structured Settlements

    Book Review: What You Can Expect When Expecting a Settlement

    Assuming you are a professional structured settlement consultant and/or settlement planner, what is the first advice you ...

    Structured Settlements

    What Do Smart Phones Have in Common with Structured Settlements?

    If a future business historian were to make an analogy between the personal injury settlement planning market in 2030 and the ...

    Attorney Resources

    Role and Responsibilities of Plaintiff Counsel in Structured Settlements

    As the Mraz case demonstrates, even the most successful and sophisticated trial attorneys aren’t always familiar enough with ...

    Knowledge Network

    What is a Qualified Settlement Fund?

    IRC 468B Qualified Settlement Funds (QSFs) provide plaintiff attorneys and their clients with important advantages as a ...

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    AAJ Winter Convention 2020

    The 2020 conference schedule has now begun!

    Knowledge Network

    Industry Education and Technology

    None of the 2019 educational conferences sponsored by the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) included any ...

    Knowledge Network

    Industry Education and Ethics

    The National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) Code of Ethics, more formally referred to as NSSTA’s “Statement of ...

    Industry News

    Industry Education, Financial Products and Concepts

    Should the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA), and its members, be interested in education programs about ...

    Industry News

    Industry Education, Federal Laws and Regulations

    Since its formation more than 25 years ago, one of the defining characteristics of the National Structured Settlement Trade ...