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Dealing with a Structured Settlement Company

Aug 17, 2007
For persons who have a structured settlement, but do not want to deal with incremental payments, a structured settlement company may be the answer. Here are some guidelines to help you work with a company that purchases structured settlements and obtain a financial package that will be to your satisfaction.

First, you must investigate the company thoroughly before you ever sign any type of agreement with them. This means you will want to check with consumer agencies and business bureaus to see what type of complaints have been logged against the company and how the issues were resolved. At the same time, check online for any comments, positive or negative, about the way the Settlement Company conducts business. This research will tell you early on if you need to continue speaking with the company, or start to look elsewhere.

As part of your research, don't forget to check for any reports to the Better Business Bureau or any formal consumer reports that may have been published about the company in question. News articles about the company and its officers are also helpful if you can locate any of them online or at your local library. The thing you want to make sure of is that any company you speak with is legitimate and ethical in the way they present themselves and the way they take care of their customers.

Should you find the structured settlement company to enjoy a good reputation and possess an ethical approach to business, you will then want to get an idea of how they go about paying for the purchased settlement. Many companies have a ceiling amount that they will pay out at one time. If your settlement is a large one, they may offer you a payment package that involves a lump sum up front and the remainder in annual payments. Since the idea is to get as much of the money at one time as possible, this may or may not be preferable to your current circumstances.

Also, keep in mind that you will only realize a percentage of the total face value of your settlement. What you want in a settlement company is the quickest pay out with the highest percentage you can get. Don't settle for the first quote you are given, even if the deal looks like a good one. Get proposals from at least two more companies before you make a final decision. With a little research and by taking your time, you can come to terms with a structured settlement company and get the best payment schedule as well as an excellent percentage when you sell your settlement.
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