If you have won a lottery, a personal injury lawsuit, a wrongful death suit, or workers’ compensation case you’ll be awarded a large sum of money and your payment will surely be set up as a structured payout. But instead of having your payments stretching over twenty years you’d like to have a lump sum of money right away especially when you have problems like an unplanned emergency or job loss, need to pay college tuition or purchase a business or a new house or just have to pay off some debts. But what if you don’t want to sell your structured settlement? Settlement loans (both post-settlement and pre-settlement) can be a lifesaver.
These loans are provided by structured settlement companies and you make future loan repayments with the interest applied to the loan principal according to terms. You don’t have to risk your assets for the loan, you don’t have to concern yourself with background checks, employment and credit history or even how you’ll have to repay the loan because your settlement structure acts as the collateral. However, it must be taken into account that court approval must be obtained and when you apply for a pre-settlement lawsuit loan the lender company must review documents regarding your case and speak with your attorney so it may take about 90 days for the loan to be processed and funds distributed. Also lenders will provide the loan based on a percentage of the actual settlement and typically this will be somewhere between 70% and 90%.
This type of loan can even be obtained during a pending lawsuit and is known as Pre Settlement Funding, pre-settlement loan or lawsuit loan. The plaintiff can obtain the loan before the case is finally resolved and if he doesn’t win the lawsuit, he doesn’t have to repay the monies advanced. If he does win the lawsuit, he repays the original settlement loan amount together with fees assessed due to the lawsuit’s inherent risk.
Like any other type of loans structured settlement loans have their cons and pros too.
The main benefit of this loan is that you get your money right away to solve some urgent issues. Moreover, you are protected against future inflation, or you may even have enough money to invest into a business or stocks with possible solid returns. You will also have to pay comparatively low interest payments. But on the other hand you’ll get your money at a discount (minus a percentage, as lender companies give out loans to make a profit). Also, if you don’t manage your money reasonably and start “enjoying” the lump sum of money you have got in your hands, you may end up being broke.
So, if you need your money right away and are OK with these disadvantages, a structured settlement loan is possibly your best option.