But I Read That I Can Have My Money in a Week!
You have probably seen advertisements online that you can complete your structured settlement buyout and have your structured settlement payout in a week. This can be true, sort of. Many companies advertise that you can have your money in 5-10 days, but what they are really offering is an advance on your lump sum. Basically, they will give you some of the cash up front while they wait for the court hearing and approval. Usually, they will only give you a couple hundred dollars. Though, in some cases, and if you have a real need, you might be offered more. Strategic Capital often provides substantial advances when there is a true, immediate need.
Be careful, sometimes the advertising is misleading. For example, one company wrote on their home page that “once the insurance company complies and we have the required documents, funding can occur within 5 to 10 days” – well, that’s great, but those things can take weeks, so really, this is an empty promise.
At Strategic Capital we complete many of our sales in less than 30 days. In fact, we have completed sales in as few as 18 days. But this is usually only possible in states with very fast court systems, such as Illinois and Virginia. In most other states you are looking at 30-60 days. When you sell structured settlements in New York or California it will be more like 90, even 120 days, simply because their court systems are so busy.