Value of AAJ membership after 10 years

December 30, 2019

As a trial attorney fresh from the Bar, being part of a nationwide organization like the American Association for Justice can seem overwhelming. How can a new lawyer stand out among tens of thousands of others who practice in the same field? In truth, AAJ is an unbeatable tool for any trial lawyer’s marketing toolbox.…  Read more

How to set up a qualified settlement fund

December 26, 2019

A qualified settlement fund (QSF) is a trust or other account that holds proceeds from a lawsuit settlement in escrow. The types of litigation one can use this for include mass tort, personal injury, or breach of contract, for example. Qualified settlement funds help the settlement administrator stay organized and give the attorney more time…  Read more

Decisions you’ll make when establishing a special needs trust

December 26, 2019

People with special needs often rely on needs-based government programs to pay for daily necessities. Complying with the rules of Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and other programs is critical to maintain eligibility. Part of that compliance means consistently showing that a beneficiary’s income and assets are below a specified limit. If you or your…  Read more

Sample agreement language for attorney fee deferral

December 24, 2019

Does your current attorney/client fee agreement contain language that will enable you to receive your attorney fee in the form of a periodic payment obligation? If not, request our sample fee agreement language and make the quick and easy change today! Request our Sample Language * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name  Read more

Why my work matters.

December 17, 2019

There is a certain depiction in society separating the good guys from the bad guys. When you’re a kid, it’s as black and white as superheroes you watch on cartoons. But as you grow up, you begin to learn the depth of the phrases. We are all living in a world where we have the…  Read more

Crafting retainer agreements for personal injury attorney fee deferrals

December 12, 2019

Plaintiffs’ personal injury attorneys: when was the last time you looked at your firm’s retainer agreement? Have you ever edited with an eye towards attorney fee deferrals? If so, you may already know the language your retainer agreement should contain. However, if you have not yet taken this into consideration, make sure you do so…  Read more

From tragedy to tomorrow

December 10, 2019

By Jessica McDowell I am daily inspired by the work we do at Milestone Consulting and proud to be a part of this unique company. Located in the heart of Buffalo, New York, we are striving every day to better our team and remain a beacon in our community. The work that we do at…  Read more

What do you need to know about attorney fee deferral?

December 10, 2019

Attorney fee deferral is an investment option for attorneys looking to have more control over their financial future, whether it be by supplementing their retirement funds, managing their cash flow, or avoiding a move into a higher tax bracket in a specific year. An attorney can choose to defer his or her fees, but that decision must…  Read more

‘So, what do you do?’

December 6, 2019

I tend to greet the question, “So, what do you do Rachel?” with a bit of hesitation — not because I am reluctant to talk about the work we do at Milestone, but quite the opposite: I want to speak novels about it. I am passionate about what we do, and I think our work…  Read more

Advantages of a structured settlement

December 4, 2019

Structured settlements are great options for many different cases, such as personal injury lawsuits, mass torts, and more. They often help speed up the conclusion of a lawsuit. A structured settlement provides stable life-long income with built-in budgeting and minimal taxations. Here are some of the advantages of a structured settlement. Cost of living adjustments A structured…  Read more