Structured settlements can be sold when there is a monetary emergency. There is an option of selling the settlement in parts, instead of opting to sell the whole settlement for a lump sum. The whole settlement needs to be sold only in case of dire emergency when the cash has to be raised immediately. Structured settlements can be sold as portions when money is required in smaller quantities and does not require the lump sum that would be available if the whole of the structured settlement is sold.
Structured settlements ensure periodic payments of a lump sum, and the lump sum can be released by selling a part or whole of the structured settlement. However, when a structured settlement is sold for a lump sum, the amount received is usually considerable less than the market value or lower than what would be received in monthly installments, but they do provide the option for sale in case of financial necessity.
In some cases where the structured settlement on periodic basis is no longer required, such as in cases of worker’s compensation where the medical bills no longer need to be paid after the individual is discharged from the hospital, selling off the remaining portion of the structured settlement can produce a tidy lump sum that could be used for other necessities.
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.
Licensed brokers and attorneys would be able to assist in selling a structured settlement in an appropriate manner since they are specialized in this field. It is important to take their advice before selling either a part or whole of a structured settlement as this might result in a bad judgment on part of the individual.