Structured settlements are offered for a variety of reasons. It is possible for recipients of a structured settlement to trade them for cash flow so as to meet any immediate liquidity requirements such as debts or medical expenses.
An analysis of one’s needs with the help of financial experts usually provides insight into the amount of cash flow necessary. The cash flow for a structured settlement depends upon various factors such as the total settlement amount and the financial rating of the insurance company. Also, buyers may have terms and conditions that restrict certain categories of structured settlement beneficiaries, such as minors, from selling the settlements for a lump sum.
Future structured settlements can be sold for lump sum payments without tax liabilities to either the buyer or the seller. Financial institutions that buy structured settlements in return for cash flow can be found on the internet. These companies offer free quotes that are useful in comparing the net lump sum. Information required to obtain free quotes includes the name of the insurance company, state of residence, and the amount of structured settlement. One should also go through the FAQ section of these sites and get an idea of the issues commonly faced by those who wish for a cash flow in exchange of a structured settlement. Settlement companies offer various plans. One should look for a plan that offers the best value for the sale of structured settlement.
Documents required for negotiating the contract include copies of the settlement and the policy. Before the contract is signed, the buyer sends a disclosure statement to the seller which mentions the lump sum and the deductibles. The seller can avail the cash flow only after a court approves the sale of the structured settlement and considers the sale to be in the best interests of the seller and his dependents. The entire process including the court hearing can take up to sixty days.
One should check the credentials of the buyer with respect to his payment records, fair-dealing, and relationship with the insurance companies. The last mentioned is very important as buyers with smooth working relationship with the insurance companies can help one to get cash quickly. Of course, the bottom line is the cash flow offered in exchange of the structured settlements. This depends on the rate of interests charged by the various buyers.