201101.14
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NY Ethics Opinion

The New York County Lawyers’ Association Ethics Committee issued Ethics Opinion 739 addressing the issue of charging fees for outsourcing Medicare/Medicaid/Erisa lien resolution services as a disbursement against a settlement. The opinion discusses the increasingly complicated nature of lien resolution, traditional handling of liens in personal injury cases, attorney liabilities and best practices when outsourcing….

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New Medicare Release

Thanks to John Campbell, Esq for the following article on the use of 468B Qualified Settlement Funds in single-plaintiff PI settlements. “It is now common practice to structure all or part of a PI settlement with a qualified annuity and a qualified assignment under I.R.C. ยง 130. Increasingly, settling plaintiffs and their attorneys have expressed…

200801.17
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Retainer Agreement Additions Regarding Governmental Benefits & Liens

SPELLING-OUT THE OBVIOUS Retainer Agreement Additions Regarding Governmental Benefits & Liens The intensifying focus on the collection of governmental liens and the tightening-of-the-belt in relation to public assistance, has created a more complex arena for the practice of personal injury. This has been magnified by the confusion and extra post-settlement labor created by the Ahlborn…

200711.20
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Wal-Mart Paid for Medical Bills, Then Sued for Money Back

JACKSON, Mo. — A collision with a semi-trailer truck seven years ago left 52-year-old Deborah Shank permanently brain-damaged and in a wheelchair. Her husband, Jim, and three sons found a small source of solace: a $700,000 accident settlement from the trucking company involved. After legal fees and other expenses, the remaining $417,000 was put in…