Instead of receiving one big lump sum, which can be more of a burden than a solution, (especially for someone who has not had a lot of money before) the claimant will receive regular monthly or annual payments.
So why would you want to sell your structured settlement? Let's read more to get a better idea of what we mean.
Even though they are an excellent way of settling personal injury cases, structured settlements have few disadvantages.
Before they are signed, they can have many different payment options.
These can be annual payments, monthly, bi-monthly, or any combination of the above.
You can even arrange for every tenth payment to be larger than regular ones, if you need to. In that sense, structured settlements are very flexible.
However, once signed, they are difficult to change.
This could be a problem in the future. Life does not always go as you plan it. You may find yourself in a situation where you need substantial amount of cash, whether is that down payment for a new home or college tuition.
Sometimes the only solution is to sell your settlement to get a quick injection of income.
There are plenty of companies on the market that specialize in buying structured settlements. They all offer different terms so it is a good idea to ask around before selling.
The basic principle is the same with all of them. You sell your future income for the lump sum paid to you today.
If you have decided to sell, one thing must be clear to you, you will not get as much money as you would from your original settlement.
The difference between what you get and the amount of settlement is a profit margin for the company. Be careful when looking at your options.
Is the difference worth getting your money today instead of in 5 or 10 years?
Money drops its value over time and the longer you wait, the more value you will lose. All these factors are important when deciding to sell your structured settlement and should be considered carefully.