By Ursula Wirtz on September 19 2018 11:23:37
Consider the legalities before selling a structured settlement, as some might not have the option of being sold earlier for a lump sum. Also, when the negotiations take place, some contracts might put up the restriction on sale of the structured settlement. Since structured settlements help in tax savings, it might make the person liable to pay tax after the settlement is sold. Also, if the settlement is being sold to raise cash for an emergency, it is possible that the insurance company might make an offer considerably lower than market value.
Another reason is because professionals were hired to advise and administer the money appropriately. Without some knowledge of financial endeavors, the victim may have hired someone incompetent or unreliable. The money would not be invested wisely and gone before they knew it. Another common reason is the victim relies on assistance from family members thinking they would have his best interests at heart. Unfortunately, this is often not the case and greed gets the better of the family member. A structured settlement reduces the risk of these issues substantially.
There are many long term benefits to having a structured settlement. First, the person who was injured and awarded the settlement is likely suffering from a debilitating injury that will forever affect their life and livelihood. This could be anything from a condition that makes life uncomfortable to a serious crippling injury that forever changes the person. Regardless of the severity of the injury the victim has to become used to living their life in a different manner. Adding to this the stress of dealing with a large sum of money they are not used to can make the transition even more difficult.
Structured settlement funding is the funding over a structured settlement, a settlement in which the reward is paid to the plaintiff over a course of time. The period of time will vary according to the merit of the settlement, often from two years to the remaining life time. Unlike pre settlement funding, structured settlement funding does not depend upon the assumed strength of the settlement, as the settlement value is already determined. More over, an annuity or government bond generally guarantees structured settlements.