On this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen welcomes colleague, Tom Murray, an associate in the New York City and Fairfield County, Connecticut offices and Attorney Henri A. Demers, partner with the firm Ahmuty, Demers & McManus, to look at the importance of having a broker present at the settlement table from a defense attorney’s perspective. They discuss the broker’s role in mediation or at the settlement conference, when to bring a broker into the settlement process and what kinds of cases are best suited for a structured settlement from a defense attorney’s standpoint.

The Plaintiff Bar and the National Structured Settlement Trade Association (NSSTA) have a longstanding relationship critical to helping clients make the best financial choices after an award in a lawsuit. In fact 70% of plaintiff attorneys indicate they retain a structured settlement consultant to assist in the negotiations of claims settlements. Join Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen and co-host Tom Murray from Ringler, with special guests, J.P. Steele, President of NSSTA and Randy Dyer, NSSTA Executive Vice President. Listen and hear about a new survey NSSTA commissioned on plaintiff lawyers and structured settlements.

Ongoing developments with SSI (Supplementary Security Income) and CMS (the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services) are important for any attorney to know about in cases that may be settled. Join Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen and his co-host Tom Murray both from Ringler as they get the latest from the experts, Attorney Jay Sangerman from the firm of Jay Sangerman, PLLC in New York and Attorney Patti Sitchler from the firm of Schoenbaum, Curphy and Scanlon, in San Antonio. When is a Medicare set-aside needed? What’s the criteria CMS uses for review? What impact is the Deficit Reduction Act having? Listen to this show for answers that are critical for your clients and much more!

“Structured settlements are one of the great financial benefits that the federal government allows for injury victims and dependents in wrongful death cases,” says incoming NSSTA President J.P. Steele at the annual NSSTA meeting. Join Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen and co-host, Tom Murray from Ringler for an important discussion with Steele as a special guest interview on this show at the NSSTA meeting in Puerto Rico. Hear about the goals and challenges ahead for NSSTA such as legislative initiatives, educational outreach, broker relations and other industry priorities.

Establishing a medicare setaside trust can be a daunting task. Join Ringler Radio host, Larry Cohen, head of NE Operations, and Ringler Associate Tom Murray from the New York office as we turn to the experts to discuss what you need to know and how the process works. Attorney Jay Sangerman, who practices in the areas of trusts, supplemental needs trusts and estates and elder law in New York, lends his expertise along with Ray Blanchfield, Assistant Vice President with American Re-Insurance in Princeton, NJ. Our go-to experts explain the necessary coordination with the government and a typical real-life case for medicare setasides. This show is the best place to hear the facts on MSA’s!