Lawsuit Funding – Pros and Cons

May 4th, 2014

The Pros and Cons of Lawsuit Funding

One misconception we always hear from attorneys is that they get nothing from a client or plaintiff receiving an advance. True and untrue. True to the point that it is illegal for an attorney to benefit financially from a client receiving an advance. Lawsuit funding companies are not allowed to pay an attorney anything to get their client to receive an advance.

But, it is 100% untrue that an attorney ultimately will not benefit from their client receiving an advance. One of the main reasons a plaintiff should think about getting a lawsuit advance is in order to get the full proceeds from what a case is worth. Let me give you a quick example of what I mean. An attorney is working on a personal injury case and receives an offer of $20,000 from the insurance company. The attorney feels that the offer is about 20% of what the true value of the case is actually worth – i.e. $100,000 – but has an obligation to report the offer to his/her client. The client wants to take the $20,000 offer and does not care if the case is worth $100,000. The client needs the money now and cannot wait another 6-12 months for the case to settle. They are now 3 months behind on their rent and a $20,000 settlement is looking great for their current needs.

This is a perfect case when lawsuit funding can help not only a client’s current needs but the attorney’s as well. Lawsuit Funding can enter the picture and help the client catch up on the 3 months of rent and other bills that are becoming major problems. By getting an advance of a few thousand dollars now, the client can hang in there and wait for his/her attorney to try and get the true value of the case = $100,000.

So how does that help the attorney? Most attorneys get a fee on the case between 30-40%. Let’s take the low end at 30% to keep it simple. If the client’s case settles for $20,000, then an attorney is going to get a fee of $6,000. But, if lawsuit funding is able to allow the client to pursue and obtain the settlement they deserve at $100,000, then an attorney’s fee jumps from $6,000 to now $30,000. That is an extra $24,000.

Now to the negative aspect of lawsuit funding. Lawsuit funding is not cheap. If a plaintiff borrows $5,000 and the case settles in 6 months, a plaintiff would owe around $6,000 on their advance. That’s an expensive loan. Whereas most banks charge around 6% per year and credit cards charge around 18% per year, lawsuit advances charge in the 30% range.

Why so much? The simple reason is a lawsuit advance is a non-recourse loan meaning the plaintiff owes nothing if they lose their case. The lawsuit funding company’s collateral is the case and the case alone. If the case goes South, the funding company is out their advance amount. In turn, these companies will charge a higher interest amount. A good rate for a lawsuit advance is 2-3% per month or 24-36% per annum. There are national companies that will charge outrageous rates of anywhere between 4-5% per month or even higher. These are the companies a plaintiff needs to be careful of. These companies prey on the desperation of a plaintiff who does not care what they are getting charged but only care about getting their rent paid, their heating bill paid, or putting food on the table.

This is why plaintiffs need to be very careful and to do their homework on what company they are choosing funding from. The plaintiff needs to truly have to have an immediate need for a lawsuit advance. If a plaintiff is planning on using this funding for a new TV or to go on a vacation, a lawsuit advance is not right for them.

Why Litigation Cash Advances Only Cost Money if you WIN

May 1st, 2014

When you get a loan from a bank, you have to put up some form of collateral to get the loan. Whether it’s your house, car, etc., the bank requires some form of collateral to secure the loan. If you default on the loan, the bank will go after you for payment from whatever your collateral on the loan is.

But not with a litigation cash advance. When you get a cash advance on your personal injury case, the collateral is your case and your case alone. If you end up losing your case, you owe absolutely nothing back. Litigation funding companies are basically taking a bet on your case being successful. It’s a great way for a plaintiff to get money now with no risk while they wait for their case to settle.

Just remember, due to the fact that the only collateral these companies have is your case and if the case goes South then they are out money, these litigation funding companies charge more than a regular loan. Just be careful who you choose and make sure you choose the right company for you and your family’s needs. Call us today if you have any questions @ 888.697.7352.

Good Luck.

Questions that Lawsuit Funding Companies Typically Ask

April 22nd, 2014

When you call a lawsuit or litigation funding company, be prepared to answer some basic questions. The lawsuit funding company is quickly trying to get a read on the strength of your case and whether or not it is worth their time and effort to underwrite the case and potentially fund your case. Here are some common questions:
1. Your Name, Address, Phone #
2. Your attorney
3. Type of Case (MVA, Med Mal, Slip N Fall, etc.)
4. Date of Accident (DOA)
5. Advance Request Amount
6. Insurance Carrier
7. Type of Injuries

Once a lawsuit funding company receives adequate answers to the questions above, they will usually contact your attorney or paralegal to try and get the advance approved. If you are thinking about getting a cash advance on your case, try and be prepared to answer the above questions. If you cannot, it will be a lot more difficult to receive an advance and be taken seriously.

Good luck and call Lawsuit Funding Solutions today if you have any questions.
888.697.7358

Timing of Lawsuits

April 14th, 2014

Many people think that once they get into a lawsuit that the insurance company for the defendant will offer them a fair settlement and they will get their payment from the proceeds of the case and move on. Unfortunately it doesn’t always work like that.

Personal injury claims can take a long time to get done. For instance, most of the work we do is on the East Coast. On average, personal injury cases around here can take anywhere between 24-36 months to get done. But some cases can take a lot longer than that. Medical Malpractice cases can take a lot longer with some cases taking 5-10 years to get done. Motor Vehicle Accidents take a lot less time because there usually aren’t any liability issues and the insurance company can quickly figure out what the value of the case is.

If you have a personal injury claim, expect the case to take a couple of years to get done. The longer the case takes, the more a plaintiff will be in need of some financial assistance. That is where can help. Call us today and see if your case qualifies for a cash advance.

What is Needed to get Approved for Lawsuit Funding

March 12th, 2014

Litigation Funding is defined as a cash advance for a plaintiff who is waiting for their case to settle or receive a judgment.

In you want to see if you qualify, our process is as follows:
1. Call our office at 1-267-546-3933.
2. We will call your attorney a few questions to evaluate the case.
3. If approved, we fax or email the agreement and once signed, funds are either wired or a check is sent via regular mail or Fed Ex.

What we don’t require:
1. Any payments – everything is paid if and when the case settles
2. Credit checks
3. Employment
4. Repaying the advance if the case is lost

Contact us today if you want to learn more.

Credit Reports for Lawsuit Funding

February 22nd, 2014

A question we get at Lawsuit Funding Solutions is “if a poor credit score will hurt a plaintiff’s chances of getting an advance?” And the simple answer is not at all. Credit has nothing to do with whether or not LFS will approve a plaintiff for an advance. We look at the case details to see if we can get a plaintiff will get a cash advance. Nothing pertaining to credit will hurt or hinder a plaintiff’s chance to get an advance. The main things we look at our the case details, attorney, date of accident, insurance limits, and extent of injuries.

So if your credit is weak please do not hesitate to call LFS at 215.599.6545 to see if you qualify for a lawsuit advance. As always, do not get a cash advance unless you have immediate financial needs.

DC-TLA

February 4th, 2014

Lawsuit Funding Solutions is proud to announce they are now a Sponsor for the DC-Trial Lawyers Association. LFS is looking forward to working with various attorneys from the DC-TLA and providing pre and post settlement funding to their clients.

Cash Advances During Lawsuit Appeals

February 2nd, 2014

Winning a lawsuit can be a very exciting time for a plaintiff and his/her attorney. Plaintiffs can now look forward to getting on with their lives and use the proceeds from the case to plan for their future. But, what happens when the defense and insurance companies decide to appeal the verdict. Plaintiffs are now put all the way back to the beginning where a resolution can now take another year or even longer. This delay in getting a final judgment or settlement can put a major strain on a family’s financial situation.

What can a family do in a situation where their case now has months if not years to get resolved? A lawsuit funding company may be the perfect solution. A lawsuit funding company can help a family get financial assistance now while they wait for the appeal to be completed. This financial assistance can help pay for monthly expenses such as mortgages, rent, bills, etc. This financial assistance will help a family relax while they wait for their attorney settle or receive a judgment on their case, for the 2nd time.

Call Lawsuit Funding Solutions today while you wait for a case to settle and see if we can help you.

Lawsuit Funding vs. Bank Funding

January 15th, 2014

If you have been involved in a personal injury lawsuit and need some financial assistance, getting a lawsuit advance is a great option.

A lawsuit advance works a little bit different than a bank loan. With a bank loan you apply for the loan and the bank will look at your credit score and collateral and decide if they can lend you money and how much. In today’s markets, it’s pretty tough to get a loan from a bank unless you want to sign personally. Everything has to line up perfectly for the bank to step up and lend money which is why a lawsuit advance makes a lot of sense in some situations. With a lawsuit advance, the only thing (collateral) required to get funding is a good case. And the great thing about a lawsuit loan is if you end up losing your case, you owe nothing back. With a bank loan, if you end losing, the bank will go after your home, car, etc. With a lawsuit advance, LFS is taking a bet on your case and your case winning. If you lose the case, you keep the money you borrowed from Lawsuit Funding Solutions.

The amount Lawsuit Funding Solutions can lend you is based on the strength of your case. If you have a good case and have a strong attorney/firm, you are likely to qualify for a lawsuit loan from LFS. The way LFS determines how much we can lend is based on how much our underwriters believe your case is worth. For instance, if we believe your case is worth $100,000, then the loan amount would range from $5,000 to $15,000, or 5% to 15% of the case’s value. In most cases, the cash advance process is fast and easy and is usually completed within 48 hours.

Then why would anyone ever get a bank loan over a lawsuit advance if everything points to a lawsuit advance being 100% easier. Simple, bank loans are a much cheaper option. Read my other blogs and you can see that lawsuit advances aren’t cheap. The national lawsuit lenders don’t want me to tell you that but it’s true. Lawsuit Funding Solutions charges between 2-3% per month and we are the cheapest option out there. Some of the national companies will charge rates from 4-9% per month!!!! Make sure you check what you are getting charged before you sign anything.

But, not everyone will qualify for a bank loan especially in the current banking world we live in. Therefore, if you need money to pay the rent, mortgage, expenses, kid’s tuition, then call us or fill out our simple 1 page application. Lawsuit Funding Solutions is here to help. Ask us any questions you may have. We would love to make your life easier in your time of financial need.

Settlement Funding

January 2nd, 2014

One new type of funding that we offer here at LawSuit Funding Solutions is Settlement Funding.

Most plaintiffs assume that when their case settles or receives a judgment they will receive their proceeds immediately. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Receiving your proceeds can take anywhere between 30 to even 180 days, especially when a trust is being set up. It can be a very frustrating process to receive these funds after waiting years to win a case.

LFS can help. We offer the lowest rates out there for settlement cash advances. After a plaintiff wins their case, LFS will advance them up to 15% of what the settlement award is. For instance, if your case settles for $100,000, LFS will advance you $15,000 now. When your attorney receives the settlement, LFS will be paid back our principal plus interest owed.

A settlement advance is a great way to help a plaintiff out with their short term cash needs. But, as always, with cash advances, the amount a plaintiff will owe can be expensive. Yes, we offer the lowest rates out there but 2% on $15,000 is $300 per month. Make sure you need a cash advance before you decide to take one.

Call LawSuit Funding Solutions today if you need a settlement cash advance. Best way to reach us is 215.599.6545.