Because plaintiff funding is a relatively new industry there is a gap in consumer knowledge. The issue is made worse when lawsuit settlement advances are conflated with traditional personal loans. They are not the same. This has resulted in the public being misinformed, leaving room for companies to take advantage of unsuspecting plaintiffs and their attorneys.
Like anything else, the key to getting a fair deal on a cash advance on a pending lawsuit is knowing the ins and outs of the process before you apply.
This post will show you how to…
- Get the full amount of cash you need against your pending settlement
- Get the lowest lawsuit loan interest rate possible
- Secure a pending lawsuit loan without upsetting your lawyer
- Get your cash as fast as possible
- No Credit Card
- No Pushy Sales Person
- Get Approved Fast
- Repay $0 If you lose
What Is a Settlement Case Advance?
A cash advance on a lawsuit settlement is when you promise a portion of your future settlement in exchange for cash. Many plaintiffs do this when they need money to cover basic expenses while they recover, such as their mortgage/rent, water, electric bill, phone bill, groceries, and more. Basically, the lender buys a portion of the settlement in exchange for immediate funds.
Can I Get an Advance on a Pending Lawsuit?
Yes! As long as you have a pending lawsuit that involves a personal injury and you have legal representation, you can apply for a cash advance through Nova Legal Funding. While we are selective when it comes to lawsuit cash advances, we work directly with your attorney to understand the details of your case and the likely outcome.
8 Tips for How To Get a Loan on a Pending Settlement
Finding the right company to provide a cash advance on a pending lawsuit can be challenging. There are many lenders out there who all tout their process. However, it pays to be cautious when looking for a solution. Here are some tips to help make the process a little easier and some signs of a good lender.
1. Many Companies Are Not Direct in Explaining the Cost of the Lawsuit Loans They Offer.
Always ask what the interest rate is. When a company charges high rates, they are less likely to be straightforward with you when you ask about it. Before answering any of their questions when you call, ask them what they charge. If the representative doesn’t give a direct answer, be very wary.
2. Applying With Brokers Is Expensive, Slow, and More Likely To Aggravate Your Attorney.
Avoid working with brokers and only deal with direct loan companies. Lawsuit loan brokers can add an unnecessary 15-20% in cost to your transaction. Even worse, they will send your case information to dozens of different funding companies, all of which will call your attorney’s office at the same time. Needless to say, your attorney will not be happy.
3. Your Law Firm Will Respond to a Funding Company Sooner if You Mention Their Name in Advance.
Before applying for pending lawsuit loans, notify your attorney first. This will help your law firm be prepared for any document requests by the funding company. Remember: the whole process occurs between the funding company and your attorney’s office. Keeping the two parties in sync does wonders for expediency.
4. Finding the Right Company for Your Case Is Tough.
Ask your lawyer if he or she regularly works with or is aware of a professional pending lawsuit loans company. Why risk trying a new company if your lawyer already has a working relationship with one? Nonetheless, you must stay vigilant—just because your law firm works with a funding company doesn’t mean it’s the right one for you.
5. The More Questions You Can Answer About Your Case, the Fewer Questions the Funding Company Will Have for Your Attorney.
Know your case like the back of your hand before applying. To get the process moving along faster, review all the general facts of your case before calling to apply. Every question you answer is one less question your attorney will have to spend time answering.
6. Funding Companies Move as Fast as Your Attorney Sends Them Your Case Documents. This Often Takes Time as Law Firms Tend To Move Slowly.
For faster service, come prepared with case documents. If you want to get the ball rolling sooner, collect the following information from your attorney prior to applying: the filed complaint, key medical reports, your demand letter and the police report (if you have a personal injury case). These are the general documents a funding company would request from your law firm. Having these documents available ahead of time will help you skip this step.
7. The Loan Amount You Qualify for Is Equal to 10-20% Of Your Case’s Entire Monetary Value.
Ask your attorney for the estimated value of your case before applying. This will help you expect a realistic amount when you apply for loans against settlements or lawsuits. Approximately knowing the amount you can qualify for will help you better manage your expenses down the line.
8. Pending Settlement Loans Can Be Expensive, So Only Request What You Need.
After finding a direct funding company with low rates, only take what you truly need to survive. While the money is yours to spend as you wish, it is recommended you only use the cash for living expenses and other necessities.
4 Questions to Ask Before Applying for a Lawsuit Cash Advance
Never apply for a cash advance on a lawsuit settlement unless you are absolutely sure of the process. Many lenders won’t bring up deal-breakers unless they are asked. Some might even dodge questions about interest rates, extra fees, and payment requirements. Before you sign, make sure you ask the following questions.
1. Will I Be Required to Repay the Cash Advance if I Lose My Case?
If the answer you receive is anything but a clear and resounding ‘no’, it’s suggested that you move on. Under no circumstance should you have to repay the advance if you lose your case. A credible funder will only expect repayment if you win your case. Legal funding is supposed to be non-recourse, which, unlike a loan, carries zero risk to the plaintiff. This is because repayment is contingent upon you winning a recovery — if you lose your case it should be your right to keep the money for free.
2. What Fees and Rates Does Your Company Charge?
Always know what you’re paying before signing up for a lawsuit cash advance. Most funding companies assign rates based on the risk-profile of a case, while other have fixed rates for all types of cases. You need to know if your interest accrues monthly or if a fixed payback is assigned for defined ranges of time. Always ask the company’s representative if the rate is compounded monthly or if a fixed payback is expected.
As a usual guideline, anything below 5% per month is considered the industry standard. Be wary of lawsuit cash advance services that charge interest above 5%. The timing of when you’re applying for a lawsuit cash advance must also be taken into account. The earlier you apply during litigation, the larger the payoff will be once your case is settled one or two years down the line. A safe way to protect yourself is to find a lawsuit cash advance company with rates below 4% per month.
3. Does Your Company Require Early Paybacks or Monthly Payments?
If the answer to either of these questions is ‘yes’, do not work with this company. As mentioned before, the non-recourse nature of this transaction doesn’t require the usual terms that come with a regular loan. Therefore, you should never have monthly payments due, nor should you be pressured for early paybacks. As a general rule, legal funding companies will charge you nothing until—and if—your case is settled. That means no application fee, no hidden fees, and no monthly payments.
4. How Long Does It Take to Receive My Lawsuit Cash Advance?
Obviously, most plaintiffs need a cash advance because they are struggling financially. This means that they can’t afford to wait for a lender that is simply disorganized or has a bunch of waiting periods. Generally, most pre-settlement lenders get cash advances out 24-48 hours after approval. Keep in mind that this is after your attorney’s office turns in all of the necessary documentation, which could take extra time. Thus, we recommend going with a lender that promises to get your payment sent as quickly as possible.
Is Getting a Cash Advance on Your Lawsuit the Right Move for You?
Loans against lawsuits are for plaintiffs who are injured and can’t wait for their cases to settle.
If you are on stable financial footing, it is not recommended that you borrow money against your lawsuit. You should only consider getting loans against lawsuits if you truly cannot wait for your case to settle. Otherwise, waiting patiently for your case to settle is your best course of action.
Are Lawsuit Cash Advances Available in My State?
We provide cash advances against pending lawsuit settlements in 39 states. The states where we are unable to provide settlement advances are Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, or West Virginia. Here are the most popular states for settlement loans:
Ready to Apply for a Pending Settlement Loan? Nova Legal Funding Is Here To Help.
Unlike other legal funding companies, we are open and transparent about our funding process. As a result, we’ve been able to help countless plaintiffs get loans against pending lawsuits. At Nova, we provide funding to all types of cases, including but not limited to:
- General personal injury accidents
- Car accidents
- Defective products
- Medical malpractice
- Premise liability
If you’re in an ongoing lawsuit and the bills are piling up, call Nova Legal Funding at 800-760-0704—or apply online by filling out the contact form linked to at the top right-hand side of your screen.
“Nova Legal Funding went above and beyond to help me.”
“I have a lawsuit against Wal-Mart and unfortunately my case won’t be settled until some time next year. In the meantime I am unable to work due to the extent of my injuries. With no money coming in, I decided to apply for a pending lawsuit loan. Ron with Nova Legal Funding went above and beyond to help me. Even though I was denied twice, Ron didn’t give up. I can’t thank Ron enough for all of the time he spent to get an approval.”– Lisa B. via Facebook