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MY CLIENT RECEIVED A PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENT, HE IS ON MEDICAID, DOES HE NEED A SPECIAL NEEDS TRUST?

Pathways to Medicaid   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…

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Making Special Needs Trusts Last

By Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA When a personal injury victim receives a settlement, one of the biggest post-settlement problems is making the money last. If the plaintiff is receiving means-tested public benefits, the monies must be put in a Special Needs Trust. How long do the beneficiary and other family members need that money…

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Reducing a Medicaid Lien

There are three ways to reduce a Medicaid lien.  These strategies can be used separately or in combination. Procurement Costs. Under New Jersey law,[1][SJR1] where a Medicaid recipient settles a case against a third party, the Medicaid lien can be reduced by attorneys’ fees and costs and expenses.  Many lawyers simply ask for and receive…

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