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Keeping the Lawsuit End in Mind
2 key points to stay focused on, as you are settling your lawsuit; a quick and fair settlement and consideration for current and future needs. The process of settling a lawsuit can be a tedious and mysterious event. Relying on your busy attorney to keep you informed can be an exercise in frustration. The entire process can seem as slow as molasses. Compounding the pain could be the financial and emotional difficulties caused by the source of the lawsuit itself.
On the other hand, legal representatives on both sides are contriving the fairest possible terms that both sides can find acceptable. Looking at the same problem from two different sides can generate two very difficult ideas of what is fair. Thus the negotiations can take more time than what would seem appropriate. But in most cases everyone is looking to complete the matter quickly and fairly. You will best serve your case by having reasonable expectations and demands, and being prepared to negotiate. I would recommend that you start high of course.
Planning for future needs is an important part of the settlement process. In some cases a set lump sum amount is the simplest and most efficient means of awarding and closing the lawsuit. Often a consequence of the case is some injury or need that a structured payout can best address. Children losing a parent, a worker losing the means to produce are just two of many examples of situations where future periodic lumps could be most advantageous. Monthly payments to help with regular financial needs, and periodic lumps to meet major life needs like college, home buying, retirement, etc.
There is also a belief that a lump sum up front gives the recipients the opportunity to invest on their own. This may or may not be the best option depending on the current and future needs of the plaintiff and the access to the best possible investment guidance to safeguard their financial investment. Either way, focusing on a quick and fair settlement, that has current and future monetary goals in mind, is in the best interests of all parties.
A Structured Lawsuit Settlement Seemed Like a Good Idea at One Time
You are receiving payments spread out over months, years, even a lifetime. It's great when the money arrives but the payments are often too small or too spread out to really satisfy your needs.
Offshore Asset Protection Trusts for US Citizens
When it comes to discussing offshore anything and US citizens - from offshore trusts to investments, from offshore banking to company incorporation - it's important to note the following facts: -- US citizens are taxed on their worldwide income. This includes income from interest, dividends and gains whether onshore or offshore.
Class Action Lawsuits
First of all, let me say that anyone who has been in any way hurt or injured by any other party and settled through a class action lawsuit, disregard this article. I am more interested in the little frivolous lawsuits that award pitiful amounts to offended parties who most likely had no idea they were offended.
Should You Sell Your Structured Settlement?
The courts have just awarded you a settlement in the amount of $1.3 million dollars for injuries you sustained while using the Widget Corporation's product.
Structured Settlement as an Investment Vehicle
You always hear people talking about the latest investment vehicle they're using. It's water cooler talk, dinner table talk, phone talk, it's everywhere talk.
Have you ever looked around and wondered how everyone is buying houses? Are they really doing that much better than you are? Maybe. Maybe not.
Me'Lisa Delaney, 43, is brain-injured as a result of a 1984 medical error that caused a stroke during surgery. The hospital agreed to settle via a structured settlement, as overseen by a county conservatorship.
How To Form a UK Limited Company
When starting a business, a large number of people go down the route of forming a limited company or, to give it its full title, a limited liability company.The alternative for someone starting up in business on their own is to trade as a sole-trader.
What is a Trust and what are the Benefits?
Trusts are becoming a popular way to structure business and personal affairs. If you are considering using a trust in any way, you should be clear on the legal obligations and the relationships involved.
Consider a Structured Settlement?
Structured settlements have been around for a long time however their popularity has steadily increased over the past 6 years. In 1999 only 7% of insurance settlements that were under $7,000 were completed as structured settlements.
Surviving High Debt States
Are you more likely to have more debt according to what state you live in? In a recent report done by Experian on the debt averages per state, the answer is yes! The report, compiled from approximately 3 million consumers nationwide, shows that the North East states of New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island have the highest average overall debt in the nation of $16,845, $15,314 and $14,643. The report measures overall debt of a consumer; everything present on a credit report, including credit cards and installment debts but excluding mortgage debt.
If This Describes You, Dont Cash out Your Annuity
There are companies that purchase future payments. Personal injury settlements are often structured to pay out over time.
Annuity Transfer - What Are the Risks
Many people who know in the back of their minds that they got the possibility to transform a monthly payment or annuity long term payments into a big lump sum and by that to relieve some temporarily financial problems, or need to buy a new car or a house or help their children and so forth are tempted to exercise this process into action. Although it is a very natural feeling and sometimes even a real life need or deep inner quest for power and control, it is not in their best financial interest to say the least.
Keeping the Lawsuit End in Mind
2 key points to stay focused on, as you are settling your lawsuit; a quick and fair settlement and consideration for current and future needs. The process of settling a lawsuit can be a tedious and mysterious event.
Options for Lawsuit Settlement Winners Receiving Periodic Payments
On January 22,2002, President George W. Bush signed into law a bill that protects individuals who must sell their structured settlement payments to meet unplanned financial needs.
What is a Structured Settlement
A Structured Settlement is an agreement between a personal injury victim ( a Plaintiff ) and an Insurance company ( the Defendant )to compensate the Plaintiff by the defendant with long term periodicpayments instead of a single cash lump sum.Payments can be tailored to each individual plaintiffs needs, to help meet expenses such as on-going medical and living expenses, education, children needs & support etc' The fixed annuity payments are tax-free to the claimant, a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) feature is available, that can help offset the effects of inflation over time, payments can continue as long as the claimant lives thus providing him the maximum benefits.
The Cash Now Question
If you have ever been in a bind for cash you know the stress, the weight of not being able to pay your bills. In these desperate times, desperate measures are often taken.
Cash For Structured Settlements - The Smart Way
For most people when they buy a house it is considered their life's largest deal. In some cases of structured settlements the compensation and financial considerations for a persons life duration and the total present value of the settlement can reach few millions of dollars.
Investing in Structured Settlements
Often some derelict will be awarded some huge amount of money from a noble company due to a run away jury in a Kangaroo Court. Since many times the company paying the money out agrees on a structured over time settlement, the plaintiff of course is a lowly human and has lots of desires for riches and he has little if any cranial capacity to understand the enormous gift the courts have grated him as our nation turns in to a socialist quagmire of re-distributing wealth to those who do not deserve it.
The Cost of Not Having Money
The self-esteem factor of not having enough money is underestimated. You know what I mean don't you? The agony of financially struggling and the ecstasy of financial abundance are dramatically different moments in a person's life.
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