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Qualified Settlement Funds – Begley Report

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA WHAT IS A QUALIFIED SETTLEMENT FUND? Section 468B of the Internal Revenue Code[1] authorizes the establishment of Designated Settlement Funds or Qualified Settlement Funds.  These funds are usually collectively referred to as Qualified Settlement Funds (QSFs).  These funds are also sometimes called 468B Trusts.  The purpose of these funds…

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Protecting The Home: Using Trusts To Protect Your Home From The Costs Of Long-Term Care – Begley Report

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA INTRODUCTION Studies show that 43% of Americans will spend some time in a nursing home.  Seventy percent will require some form of long-term care be it nursing home, assisted living or home care.  The cost of this care can range from $20 – $25 per hour or more for home…

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My Client Received A Personal Injury Settlement, He Is On Medicaid, Does He Need A Special Needs Trust? – Begley Report

by Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA GENERAL An extremely important source of funding for medical needs for persons with disabilities is Medicaid.  When a person is receiving Medicaid, the first question is whether a Special Needs Trust (SNT) is required.  There are a number of pathways to Medicaid.  If the individual’s Medicaid is means-tested, then an SNT…

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Veterans Administration Aid And Attendance Benefits – Begley Report

INTRODUCTION “America’s veterans deserve the best health care and compensation system we can provide.”  (Anthony Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, News Release, February 3, 2003).  While there are several different commonly known types of VA benefits available to veterans or widow(er)s of veterans, most people are unaware of the benefits available to senior citizens who…

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