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A Beginner’s Guide to Litigation Funding


Litigation funding can be a confusing concept. Plus, most people have never been exposed to the concept of litigation funding so the average person probably has many questions such as: What is a litigation funding? Do I need litigation funding? How do I get funding for my lawsuit? When I am approved for funding, do I have to pay back the money? If I am denied funding does it mean that I do not have a good case? These are all very good questions and are answered below.

What is litigation funding?
Litigation funding is not a “loan” at all but rather it is a cash advance based upon the merits of a lawsuit that provides a plaintiff with sufficient funding to reach the conclusion of the case when the plaintiff will receive his/her fair share of the settlement or verdict. Litigation funding companies invest in the lawsuit itself as opposed to advancing money to the plaintiff in the form of a loan. Litigation funding is not based on a plaintiff’s prior credit or bankruptcy status. Other terms used for this type of funding include: lawsuit loan, litigation finance, litigation loan, lawsuit funding, lawsuit finance, lawsuit cash advance, case loan, case cash advance, plaintiff cash advance, litigant funding, pre-settlement loan, pre-settlement lending, pre-settlement cash advance, etc.

Do I need litigation funding?
Litigation funding should not be a substitute for your settlement but rather a raft that helps you stay afloat while your attorney fights for you. Too many plaintiffs apply for litigation funding with the belief that litigation funding is simply a different way to get their settlement money. Assuming you win your case, the amount owed to the lending company varies greatly depending upon the length of time between the date of the advance and the date when you receive the settlement/verdict money. You should exhaust other means of funding first. Also, a good guideline to use is that litigation funding companies generally advance up to 10% of the estimated settlement amount. There are some good internet sites that give more background on litigation funding. Some good sources of information are The Funding Exchange (www.TheFundingExchange.com) and Expert Law (www.expertlaw.com).

How do I get funding for my lawsuit?
Litigation funding companies have popped-up all over the country. Some tout their “low interest rates” or how they are the most lenient when it comes to approving litigation funding. Many litigation finance companies charge random penalties and fees. These penalties and fees help to offset their “low interest rates” and many times end-up costing the plaintiff more of their settlement. A good option is The Funding Exchange (www.TheFundingExchange.com). The Funding Exchange is a network of the most respected litigation funding companies in the industry. You complete one application on The Funding Exchange and your application is intelligently routed to the best litigation funding companies for your specific case.

When I am approved for funding, do I have to pay back the money?
Almost all litigation funding companies give non-recourse funding to plaintiffs thus requiring the plaintiff to pay back the advance and fees/interest only upon a favorable decision in the case. If the case is lost then you can keep the cash advance with no obligation. If you win your case then part of the settlement amount will go towards repaying the cash advance plus interest and fees. The amount owed to a litigation funding company increases the longer that your case takes to settle so keep that in mind.

If I am denied funding does it mean that I do not have a good case?
The simple answer is “no.” Being denied for funding does not mean that your case is not a good case or that you will actually win less money than you think. There are many different reasons why funding is denied. One reason is that the estimated settlement date is too soon. Litigation finance companies make money by accruing interest on their investment in your case. If your case is supposed to settle in 2 months then a litigation finance company will not make any money because the settlement date is too soon and therefore they may decline the funding request. Other reasons for denying funding include: attorney will not provide documentation, attorney will not sign contract, plaintiff demands too much money, etc.

Conclusion
As a plaintiff, you should understand litigation funding and the process of securing funding before you apply. If your expectations are set correctly and you proceed with litigation funding then you will find that it is a saving grace in the turbulent world of litigation. If you apply for litigation funding without a true understanding then you may be disappointed.


About the author:
Tony Perkins is the founder and president of The Funding Exchange (www.TheFundingExchange.com) which connects the top litigation funding companies in the country to people in need of a lawsuit loan. The Funding Exchange is not a litigation funding company but rather it is an independent 3rd party company that routes a high volume of applications every day to its network of litigation finance companies. Mr. Perkins has unbiased experience in helping secure litigation funding.

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At 1:44 PM, Blogger The Funding Exchange said...

The Secrets of Litigation Finance

There are secrets to litigation finance that every plaintiff should know prior to applying for lawsuit funding. Too many plaintiffs rush to litigation finance as the answer to their current cash flow problems without completely understanding the intricacies behind litigation funding. This article should shed some light on plaintiff litigation finance and the secrets that some litigation finance companies use to make money

What is litigation finance?
litigation finance is not a “loan” but rather it is a cash advance based upon the merits of a lawsuit that provides a plaintiff with sufficient funding to reach the conclusion of the case when the plaintiff will receive his/her fair share of the settlement or verdict. litigation finance companies invest in the lawsuit itself as opposed to advancing money to the plaintiff in the form of a loan. litigation finance is not based on a plaintiff’s prior credit or bankruptcy status. Other terms used for this type of funding include: lawsuit loan, litigation funding, litigation loan, lawsuit funding, lawsuit finance, lawsuit cash advance, case loan, case cash advance, plaintiff cash advance, litigant funding, pre-settlement loan, pre-settlement lending, pre-settlement cash advance, etc.

How do litigation finance companies make money?
All litigation finance companies are different and charge interest and fees differently. We all agree that litigation finance companies assume a lot of risk due to their investment in the lawsuit as opposed to investing in the plaintiff. The investment is therefore only as solid as the case. We are all familiar with how quickly a good case can get thrown-out or a jury can award a large settlement for a case that we could call “frivolous.” The United States justice system never ceases to surprise us. With that in mind, the investments of litigation finance companies are risky. They must charge relatively high interest rates on the cases that are successful in order to make-up for the unsuccessful cases. Some litigation finance companies use a multiplier instead of an interest rate which is really just a different way of accomplishing the same thing.

Are there other fees associated with litigation finance?
Again, all litigation finance companies are different and charge interest and fees differently. Generally speaking, the answer to this question is “yes.” These fees usually show-up on the contract that the plaintiff’s attorney must sign and are then taken from the settlement upon a successful case. Some examples of these fees include: origination fees, application fees, documentation fee, closing costs/fees, premature payoff penalty etc. These fees are not that different from traditional loans but plaintiffs should be aware of these so they are not blind-sided when they see these fees.

Is litigation finance a different way of getting my settlement?
litigation finance should not be a substitute for your settlement but rather a raft that helps you stay afloat while your attorney fights for you. Too many plaintiffs apply for litigation finance with the belief that litigation finance is simply a different way to get their settlement money. Assuming you win your case, the amount owed to the litigation finance company varies greatly depending upon the length of time between the date of the advance and the date when you receive the settlement/verdict money. You should exhaust other means of funding first. Some good sources of information about litigation finance are The Funding Exchange (www.TheFundingExchange.com) and Expert Law (www.expertlaw.com).

Conclusion
As a plaintiff, you should understand litigation finance and the process of securing funding before you apply. If your expectations are set appropriately and you proceed with litigation finance then you will find that it is a saving grace in the turbulent world of litigation. If you apply for litigation finance without a true understanding then you may be disappointed.


About the author:
Tony Perkins is the founder and president of The Funding Exchange (www.TheFundingExchange.com) which connects the top litigation funding companies in the country to people in need of a lawsuit loan. The Funding Exchange is not a litigation funding company but rather it is an independent 3rd party company that routes a high volume of applications every day to its network of top litigation finance companies.

Copyright 2006 The Funding Exchange, LLC

 
At 1:46 PM, Blogger The Funding Exchange said...

The Secrets of Litigation Finance

There are secrets to litigation finance that every plaintiff should know prior to applying for lawsuit funding. Too many plaintiffs rush to litigation finance as the answer to their current cash flow problems without completely understanding the intricacies behind litigation funding. This article should shed some light on plaintiff litigation finance and the secrets that some litigation finance companies use to make money

What is litigation finance?
Litigation finance is not a “loan” but rather it is a cash advance based upon the merits of a lawsuit that provides a plaintiff with sufficient funding to reach the conclusion of the case when the plaintiff will receive his/her fair share of the settlement or verdict. Litigation finance companies invest in the lawsuit itself as opposed to advancing money to the plaintiff in the form of a loan. Litigation finance is not based on a plaintiff’s prior credit or bankruptcy status. Other terms used for this type of funding include: lawsuit loan, litigation funding, litigation loan, lawsuit funding, lawsuit finance, lawsuit cash advance, case loan, case cash advance, plaintiff cash advance, litigant funding, pre-settlement loan, pre-settlement lending, pre-settlement cash advance, etc.

How do litigation finance companies make money?
All litigation finance companies are different and charge interest and fees differently. We all agree that litigation finance companies assume a lot of risk due to their investment in the lawsuit as opposed to investing in the plaintiff. The investment is therefore only as solid as the case. We are all familiar with how quickly a good case can get thrown-out or a jury can award a large settlement for a case that we could call “frivolous.” The United States justice system never ceases to surprise us. With that in mind, the investments of litigation finance companies are risky. They must charge relatively high interest rates on the cases that are successful in order to make-up for the unsuccessful cases. Some litigation finance companies use a multiplier instead of an interest rate which is really just a different way of accomplishing the same thing.

Are there other fees associated with litigation finance?
Again, all litigation finance companies are different and charge interest and fees differently. Generally speaking, the answer to this question is “yes.” These fees usually show-up on the contract that the plaintiff’s attorney must sign and are then taken from the settlement upon a successful case. Some examples of these fees include: origination fees, application fees, documentation fee, closing costs/fees, premature payoff penalty etc. These fees are not that different from traditional loans but plaintiffs should be aware of these so they are not blind-sided when they see these fees.

Is litigation finance a different way of getting my settlement?
Litigation finance should not be a substitute for your settlement but rather a raft that helps you stay afloat while your attorney fights for you. Too many plaintiffs apply for litigation finance with the belief that litigation finance is simply a different way to get their settlement money. Assuming you win your case, the amount owed to the litigation finance company varies greatly depending upon the length of time between the date of the advance and the date when you receive the settlement/verdict money. You should exhaust other means of funding first. Some good sources of information about litigation finance are The Funding Exchange (www.TheFundingExchange.com) and Expert Law (www.expertlaw.com).

Conclusion
As a plaintiff, you should understand litigation finance and the process of securing funding before you apply. If your expectations are set appropriately and you proceed with litigation finance then you will find that it is a saving grace in the turbulent world of litigation. If you apply for litigation finance without a true understanding then you may be disappointed.


About the author:
Tony Perkins is the founder and president of The Funding Exchange (www.TheFundingExchange.com) which connects the top litigation funding companies in the country to people in need of a lawsuit loan. The Funding Exchange is not a litigation funding company but rather it is an independent 3rd party company that routes a high volume of applications every day to its network of top litigation finance companies.

Copyright 2006 The Funding Exchange, LLC

 

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