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Tuesday, February 21, 2006 

Where Does a Structured Settlement Company Fit Into The Picture?

If you're seriously interested in knowing about the role of a structured settlement company, you need to think beyond the basics. This informative article takes a closer look at things you need to know about a structured settlement company.

Structured settlements are payments made by an offending party to the aggrieved party. They are often put in place in lieu of fighting things out in court, which can run the losing party more than the cost of settling.

Most often, these cases involve personal injury situations, and determining who is at fault. When a case is won by the plaintiff (the injured party), they often seek the services of a structured settlement company to manage the payouts, which can last several years.

Upon learning that you're going to receive a structured settlement, you should immediately find and hire a good attorney who specializes in this kind of case. In fact, it's a requirement for those living in some states. Together, you and your lawyer can find the best structured settlement company to serve your ongoing needs.

Choosing a structured settlement company involves a lot of paperwork, as you might suspect. The important forms include: Annuity Applications, Qualified Assessment, the Structured Settlement Agreement, and in some cases, what's known as the Court Order Approving Minor's Claim (for cases involving minors). Your attorney's job includes helping you wade through this deep pile of documents, so find one asap.

If your structured settlement is large, beware of offers to buy out the settlement in exchange for one lump sum payment to you. While this may be appealing, depending on your financial situation, it usually results in a poor bargain. It's usually much preferable to find a quality structured settlement company to administer regular payments through an annuity or other financial instrument that will reduce your tax burden.

See how much you can learn about a structured settlement company when you take a little time to read a well-researched article? Don't miss out on the rest of this great information.

Better structured settlement companies will take the time to thoroughly explain your options. If you feel that you're being ignored or rushed through the process, find a better company. This, again, is where you lawyer can be of help, as he or she will likely have dealt with these situations in the past.

There are legal terms involved with which you should familiarize yourself. They include Plaintiff, which is you (the injured party), Defendant (the person or company responsible for the injury), and Insurance Carrier (the company providing the Defendant with insurance). Many other important terms will come up, so be sure to ask your attorney at every step in the process to explain words that are not familiar.

When it comes time to pick a structured settlement company, bounce your thoughts off of your attorney - even the ones you think are insignificant. If you are unsure at all about important things, like the terms of the annuity that will pay you on a regular basis, be sure to ask and get an answer you understand. It's too big a decision to entrust completely to another's judgment.

Ultimately, the key is to educate yourself about what each structured settlement company is offering. Spend some time on your own researching the process on the Internet. This can only help you to make a truly informed decision that will benefit you for years to come.

Now you can understand why there's a growing interest in structured settlement companies. When people start looking for more information about the roles of a structured settlement company, you'll be in a position to meet their needs.

Ken Austin is the webmaster at Structured Settlement Tips and Structured Settlements and Annuities.

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