Georgia Law: Selling Structured Settlement Payments
If you are considering selling your future structured settlement payments for an immediate lump sum in Georgia, it's important to understand the laws surrounding this type of transfer. In addition to federal law, 49 states have their own laws that govern the process of transferring the rights of a structured settlement annuity.
Georgia Structured Settlement Law
In Georgia, the law surrounding the transfer of rights to future structured settlement payments is Section 51-12-71. Prerequisites for transfer of structured settlement payment rights.
(a) No direct or indirect transfer of structured settlement payment rights shall be effective and no structured settlement obligor or annuity issuer shall be required to make any payment directly or indirectly to any transferee of structured settlement payment rights unless the transfer has been approved in advance in a final court order by a court of competent jurisdiction or order of any government authority vested by law with exclusive jurisdiction over the settled claim resolved by the structured settlement based on express findings by the court or government authority that:
(1) The transfer complies with the requirements of this article and does not contravene any federal or state statute or the order of any court or any responsible administrative authority;
(2) The transfer is in the best interest of the payee taking into account the welfare and support of the payee's dependents;
(3) Not less than ten days prior to the date on which the transfer agreement is executed in writing, the transferee has provided to the payee an informational pamphlet relating to transfers of structured settlements as provided for in subsection (b) of Code Section 51-12-73, when available, and a separate disclosure statement in bold type, no smaller than 14 points, setting forth:
(A) The amounts and due dates of the structured settlement payments to be transferred;
(B) The aggregate amount of such payments;
(C) The discounted present value of such payments, together with the discount rate used in determining such discounted present value;
(D) The gross amount payable to the payee in exchange for such payments;
(E) An itemized listing of all brokers' commissions, service charges, application fees, processing fees, closing costs, filing fees, administrative fees, legal fees, notary fees and other commissions, fees, costs, expenses, and charges payable by the payee or deductible from the gross amount otherwise payable to the payee;
(F) The net amount payable to the payee after deduction of all commissions, fees, costs, expenses, and charges described in subparagraph (E) of this paragraph;
(G) The quotient (expressed as a percentage) obtained by dividing the net payment amount by the discounted present value of the payments; and
(H) The amount of any penalty and the aggregate amount of any liquidated damages (inclusive of penalties) payable by the payee in the event of any breach of the transfer agreement by the payee; and
(4) The transferee has given written notice of the transferee's name, address, and taxpayer identification number to the annuity issuer and the structured settlement obligor and has filed a copy of the notice with the court.
Click here to read the full Georgia law.
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To sell your future structured settlement payments, you'll need to comply with both state and federal law. These laws are in place to protect you.
In 2001, Congress enacted the Victims of Terrorism Relief Act, which includes a provision relating to structured settlement factoring transactions (26 U.S. Code § 5891). This provision imposes a high excise tax on structured settlement factoring transactions unless the transactions are “approved in advance in a qualified order.” The Act defines a qualified order, and it requires that the order be issued “under the authority of an applicable State statute by an applicable State Court.” Since then, 49 states and the District of Columbia have enacted state statutes setting for the procedures for court approval of structured settlement factoring transactions.
Qualified order. --For purposes of this section, the term “qualified order” means a final order, judgment, or decree which--
(A) finds that the transfer described in paragraph (1)--
(i) does not contravene any Federal or State statute or the order of any court or responsible administrative authority, and
(ii) is in the best interest of the payee, taking into account the welfare and support of the payee's dependents, and
(B) is issued--
(i) under the authority of an applicable State statute by an applicable State court, or
(ii) by the responsible administrative authority (if any) which has exclusive jurisdiction over the underlying action or proceeding which was resolved by means of the structured settlement.
26 U.S. Code § 5891 also offers some helpful definitions and other rules for selling structured settlement rights. Read the full law here.
We have a few articles that might be helpful if you are considering selling your structured settlement payments:
- How to sell your structured settlement
- Do you have a good enough reason to sell your structured settlement annuity payments?
- CrowFly average discount rate (or how we get sellers more money)
Transferring the rights to your future payments is permanent, and it's not the best choice for everyone. We encourage you to speak with a financial expert about your asset and to weigh all your options if you are in need of immediate cash.
If you are interested in becoming an investor in a structured settlement payment, you need a team who knows how to help you get the best deal. That team is CrowFly. When you need to sell your structured settlement payments, you need a team who knows how to help you get the best result. That team is CrowFly.