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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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Lien Resolution In Personal Injury Cases

By Thomas D. Begley, Jr. Esquire, CELA When a personal injury settlement is being finalized, consideration should be given to resolving a number of liens. It is good practice to obtain information on the existence and amount of these liens early in the process, because this information may be helpful in settlement negotiations. The types…

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SETTLEMENT PROTECTION TRUST – WHAT IS IT AND WHEN SHOULD I USE IT?

By: Thomas D. Begley, Jr., Esquire, CELA CASE STUDY 1 Billy, age 6, was injured at birth. He recovers $1,000,000. Billy is not receiving any means-tested public benefits, such as SSI or Medicaid. One option is to place the $1,000,000 in the Probate Court, i.e., the Surrogate’s Office in New Jersey, or the Orphans’ Court…

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DeCambre Reversed

By Thomas D. Begley, Jr., CELA Section 8 of the Federal Housing Act of 1937 provides a rental assistance program for low-income families and individuals. HUD pays rental subsidies so eligible families can afford decent, safe and sanitary housing. The programs are generally administered by Public Housing Agencies (PHAs). Generally, the family pays 30% of…

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