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Michigan Structured Settlements

What is a Structured Settlement?

Structured settlements are (tax-free) payments made on a regular basis after a lawsuit is won or settled. Typical types of lawsuits that result in structured settlements include personal injury cases, medical malpractice, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation matters. 

When someone is engaged in a lawsuit, they may be entitled to a potentially large judgment if they win. However, the parties will typically negotiate a settlement agreement, which will terminate the lawsuit and usually obligate the defendant to pay the plaintiff a sum of money. If this sum is small, it will usually be paid in one lump sum. However, if the settlement is large, then the parties may agree on a structured settlement, which would guarantee the plaintiff a set of fixed future payments over a certain amount of time. These future payments are essentially an annuity that is paid out over time by the annuity issuer, which is typically an insurance company or life insurance company. 

Settlement Payments in the Future

As previously mentioned, one positive feature of a structured settlement is that it provides a reliable source of income over a set period of time. For example, if someone is injured in a car accident and will require long-term medical care, this payment stream will help to cover those ongoing costs. In that sense, the recipient of a structured settlement can have comfort in knowing that money has been set aside for their medical expenses and they won’t be as much of a burden moving forward.

Qualified Settlement Funds

Sometimes in the case of class lawsuits or lawsuits with multiple plaintiffs, a qualified settlement fund (or QSF) will be created, which is a type trust that allows for a more straightforward and organized administration of a lawsuit settlement. 

Michigan Structured Settlement Planning

Michigan settlement planners and brokers can help claimants/plaintiffs, attorneys, and insurance professionals map out and negotiate structured settlements for a wide variety of situations:

  • personal injury
  • injury involving minors
  • injuries involving multiple family members
  • workers compensation
  • class action cases
  • when government benefits need to be maintained

Sell Structured Settlements

There are times when the owner of a structured settlement annuity would like to sell some or all of their remaining periodic payments in exchange for a lump sum of cash. This is usually for a variety of reasons: perhaps funds are needed for an unforeseen emergency, down payment on a home, or college tuition payments. So-called “factoring companies” are in the business of purchasing structured settlement payment rights and there are many of them out there. 

The sale of a structured settlement can take various forms. For example, the seller can sell all future payments to the buyer in exchange for a lump sum. Or, the seller can only sell a portion of their payments either for the remainder of all remaining payments or just for a portion of those remaining payments. Essentially, it depends on how the seller is seeking to structure the deal.

In order for a factoring company to purchase a structured settlement, they will work with the potential seller to analyze the annuity contract and gather information before providing a quote. Next, if the quote is accepted, court approval will be required before the annuity is sold — this process can take several weeks. Court approval is required so that a judge can weigh the interests of the interested parties and claimants to ensure the deal is fair and in the best interest of the seller. It may not be necessary to retain an attorney or law firm for the sale of a structured settlement, but that choice is at the seller’s discretion.

Structured Settlements Companies in Michigan
Phone Number: (877) 547-3672
While is not Michigan-based, we are able to help people in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Warren, and surrounding areas who are interested in free quotes and in selling their settlement payment rights for lump sums of cash.