Dennis Beaver | You & the Law

DennisBeaverAttorney Dennis Beaver has practiced law for many years in Bakersfield, California. Read more about Dennis and his background here. Dennis is a syndicated newspaper columnist and writes a weekly column entitled “You and the Law”. There have been numerous requests over the years to make these articles available and we are happy to offer them here. They are also indexed for your convenience.

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October 23, 2020 • By Dennis Beaver

It was a beautiful day at Malibu, and Sara was having the time of her life, surfing.

Only she has no memory of being there after the auto accident, having sustained a TBI – a traumatic brain injury which put her into a coma.

Given the extent of her injuries, Sara made an amazing recovery. The structured settlement annuity her lawyer negotiated guaranteed a monthly income of $10,000 plus large periodic lump sum payments, all tax free, for life.

But the TBI played havoc with her reasoning and logical thinking. A conservator was appointed who saw to it that her money was spent correctly, not squandered or lent to family and friends.

But, just like many TBI victims, Sara wanted control of the money and retained an attorney to end the conservatorship. He cared more about his fee than what was best for Sara. It was a horrible mistake…click here to read more