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Non-Qualified Assignment

Settlements that are made to last

Provide your claimants with a tax-advantaged solution that turns their settlement into a guaranteed stream of income, protected from market volatility and overspending.

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What is our tax-advantaged settlement solution?

Our solution, the Non-Qualified Assignment (NQA), is designed to help claimants keep more of their settlement by receiving the income in multiple payments and deferring their taxes over time. Our NQA is for cases that fall outside of personal physical injury claims and litigation as defined under IRC Section 104(a)(2) and is not eligible for an IRC Section 130 qualified assignment.

Potential Advantages of the Non-Qualified Assignment For the Claimant/Payee Include:

  • Guaranteed payments for life1
  • Manage taxable income with periodic payments2
  • Leverage lower tax brackets by spreading tax liability2
  • A financial planning opportunity as source of reliable income

Potential Case Uses Include, But Are Not Limited To:

  • Employment Litigation
    • Wrongful Termination
    • Sexual Harassment
    • Discrimination
    • Mental Anguish
  • Construction Defect
  • Punitive Damages
  • Contract Disputes
  • Environmental claims
  • D&O and E&O claims
  • Attorney Fees associated with these types of cases

Our NQA is the first product of its kind to use a U.S. based assignment company, and is provided by Metropolitan Tower Life Insurance Company (MTL), a wholly-owned operating subsidiary of MetLife, Inc.4 When you partner with us, you are choosing a leader who will be with you every step of the way and can provide claimants with a steady and reliable income stream — both now and in the future.

Let us put our experience and the experience of our settlement consultants to work for you.

Advantages of working with us:

Simple and Easy

  • Our superior service makes it easier for you to do business
  • The settlement solution is tailored to meet the claimant’s specific needs for payments

Expertise

  • Work with a dedicated team of industry specialists
  • We have a 150-year history of navigating changing market conditions

Trustworthy

  • We are committed to the structured settlement market 
  • Our company’s financial strength is consistently rated highly by major rating agencies3

1 All guarantees are subject to the financial strength and claims-paying ability of Metropolitan Tower Life Insurance Company.

2 Any discussion of taxes is for general informational purposes only and does not purport to be complete or cover every situation. Met Tower Life, its agents and representatives may not give legal, tax or accounting advice and this document should not be construed as such. You should confer with your qualified legal, tax and accounting advisors as appropriate.

3 For current ratings information and a more complete analysis of the financial strength of MetLife, Inc. and its subsidiaries, please go to www.metlife.com and click on “About MetLife,” “Ratings.”

4 The Non-Qualified Assignment Annuity is offered through Metropolitan Tower Life Insurance Company (Met Tower Life). Met Tower Life is a wholly-owned operating subsidiary of MetLife, Inc. with an A.M. Best A+ rating, Financial Size Category XV3. Met Tower Life will be the annuity issuer and the assignment company will be MetLife Assignment Company Inc., (MACI). The obligations of MACI will be guaranteed by Met Tower Life under an Evidence of Guarantee.

Attorneys will generally need to have a fee arrangement in place at the time of settlement which provides for the structuring of payments solely from the claimant s settlement proceeds. Structuring of attorney fees could have important legal and tax consequences. Attorneys should consult with their own tax and legal advisors prior to agreeing to structure legal fees to determine the tax and other legal consequences. The method of tax reporting with respect to such fees is subject to change, where we deem such change to be required under the Federal tax law or IRS guidance.