So you've been given a structured settlement, but is there a way to sell a structured settlement? The quick answer is yes you can. There are many companies out there you can 'sell' your settlement to in exchange for a lump sum of cash up front. In this way, you can get the money when you need it instead of waiting for it to all come to you piece by piece.
Before you decide to sell your structured settlement, however, you need to fully recognize what you are doing. While you will definitely get a large amount of money up front, you should know that it will most likely be less than what you would get in the long-term if you stick with the payment plan. Companies that buy out structured settlements do so in order to make money, otherwise there would be no point.
Also, before you 'cash out' make sure that you actually need to. There is a huge difference between wanting something and needing it, and you need to recognize the difference. Some sort of emergency due to disaster or unforeseen illness certainly qualifies, but if you just want a new plasma tv or something similar you shouldn't touch the money yet. Depending on the amount of your settlement, you should be patient and wait for your payments. If your settlement is pretty small however, it may be safe to cash out. Alternatively, if your settlement makes up a large amount of your income, it's not a good idea to touch your settlement money.
The best thing you can do when you get a structured settlement is be patient and look at your payments as an investment in yourself. This is pretty much what companies that buy out settlements are going to be doing. They are willing to take the financial hit up front because they know that the investment will pay off in spades eventually. If you are financially able to just sit back and let the money roll in., it could pay off big time for you.
Another good thing you can do with your settlement money is to invest it, whether you cash out or not. If you stick to the structured payment plan, you can easily have it automatically put into an investment plan on a monthly basis. If you are more of a risk taker, you can sell your settlement and invest it. Of course, this can pay off in a huge way or be a dismal failure, so you should always consult with your financial advisor before taking such a risk. They can advise you on the best options for your money.
The simple answer to the question is yes, you can sell your structured settlement. There are many companies out there are willing to buy your settlement from you, but you have to be certain that you need (not want-there is a big difference) the money right away, rather than waiting for payments. It might be a good idea to sell your structured settlement in an emergency or disaster situation however, when the money is really needed.