The choice to accept a structured settlement might seem irreversible, but it’s not. Many people find that while a structured settlement makes sense on paper, it doesn’t work well for their personal situation. From back bills to paying for their children’s education, that money could be put to use right away in their lives. There are companies out there that buy structured settlements, though, so you’re not really locked into those periodic payments. What should you know when choosing between companies that buy structured settlements?
Compare, Compare, Compare
The most important thing to remember when selling structured settlements is that not all buyers are the same. Just as with any other industry, there are worthwhile companies and those that should be avoided. How do you tell the difference? The best way to make a wise choice is to compare your options. By comparing offers from various companies, you can determine which ones offer the best benefits.
Key Factors in Your Comparison
During your comparison of different companies that buy structured settlements, it’s vital that you compare several key factors. For instance, you need to ensure that all offers you consider are in compliance with state and federal law. You also need to ensure that you’re working with a company that offers the most cash possible for your structured settlement. No company will offer you 100% of the money that you would eventually receive over the life of your payment program, but you can choose one that offers the chance to receive most of it.
Over the coming weeks we will be exposing the practices we consider inappropriate from certain funding companies in their attempt to get business from structured settlement annuitants.
None of these companies are Structured Settlement Quotes Certified Funders and therefore none of these companies are permitted to bid on our client’s structured settlement payments.
Structured Settlement Quotes Inc. expands its network of structured settlement purchasers as it welcomes its newest Certified Funding Partner, who is expected to enter its bidding marketplace on April 5th 2012.
The introduction of their latest funding partner, a US-based mid-sized institution with an outstanding reputation in the financial services and investment industry, is the result of a year-long search and assessment of no less than half a dozen financial institutions.
A definition from the North Carolina Superior Court Judges 2008 Summer Conference states that a structured settlement is an arrangement for receiving periodic payments of damages reached in resolution of a tort claim. The damages may be due to physical sickness or injuries as well as workers’ compensation claims.
Structured settlement payments have received increased popularity in the United States since the 1970s and more than $100 billion has been paid to fund them. The payments are usually received on a periodic basis. However, the installment-like payments do not suit every person. Fortunately, it is possible to get a lump sum payment in exchange for structured settlement payments.
A structured settlement factoring loan is an option when you receive a structured settlement that results from a personal injury lawsuit. A structured settlement is an award in which the victor of the lawsuit will receive periodic payments over a specified time. If this arrangement does not meet your current needs you may consider a structured settlement loan. To obtain a structured settlement factoring loan you will need to sell all or part of your future payments for a one-time lump sum of money.
2010 was a great year for most structured settlement factoring companies. Record low rates created attractive propositions for annuitants, a struggling economy was a catalyst for more annuitants to sell their annuities, and ample investor funds supported the influx of cases. It was the perfect storm for many of the companies within the industry.
Towards the end of 2011, some structured settlement factoring companies could see their demise.
What is the servicing of structured settlement payments?
The servicing of structured settlement payments occurs when an annuitant enters into a structured settlement factoring agreement in which the annuitant chooses to split one or more payments and the factoring company becomes the payee of the entire payment. Once the factoring company receives the entire payment from the insurance company, they keep their agreed upon amount and pay the annuitant their portion.
In a recent article published by a representative of Stone Street Capital, a list of characteristics were provided to look for in a structured settlement factoring company that you may want to do business with.
Here is a summarized list:
- Is the company you are working with a broker or direct funder?
- How long has the company been in business?
- Is the company you are working with a member of the Better Business Bureau? If so, what is their rating?