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Both Law Firms and Plaintiffs Benefit from the Expanding Consumer Legal Funding Industry

By John Freund |

The following piece is a contribution by Charles W. Price, CEO of Capital Now Funding, LLC

The following scenario was once all too common – plaintiffs injured in an accident, waiting impatiently for a complex lawsuit to settle. With the clock ticking and the plaintiff often unable to work, there was little they could do except wait for the phone to ring while medical and other bills kept piling up. Meanwhile, their attorneys must candidly tell them that it will be weeks to months or years before they might receive their settlement money.

Faced with this situation, it was not at all surprising that clients grew increasingly frustrated, gradually giving way to worry, fear and anxiety. And dealing with this level of stress, plaintiffs were capable of placing unneeded pressure on their attorneys to settle before the legal process had fully played out. Attorneys, who naturally want to get the best possible settlement for their clients, were often faced with having to settle prematurely even though they knew that a much better resolution could soon be reached.

Fortunately, a better solution has emerged in recent years that meets the needs of all parties – Consumer Legal Funding. Consumer Legal Funding is often mislabeled and referred to as a pre-settlement loan or a loan against a lawsuit, but it is not technically a loan. Consumer Legal Funding is legal funding that is advanced from a portion of the consumer’s future settlement proceeds. As defined by Eric Schuller with the Alliance for Responsible Consumer Legal Funding, providing a client with consumer legal funding is merely the purchase of an asset – a portion of the consumer’s future settlement proceeds. In essence, plaintiffs are borrowing from their own future settlement funds.

How Do All Parties Benefit?

The real story of consumer legal funding is best viewed in light of the benefits it provides. For the plaintiffs, the benefits include:

  • Immediate, much-needed financial assistance to pay medical, housing and living expenses while their legal claim is in process
  • Zero to no risk to the consumer, since consumer legal funding is non-recourse (which means that if the plaintiff loses the case, they do not have to pay the funding company back)
  • Better relationships with their attorneys, as attorneys generally play a positive role in approving consumer legal funding
  • Avoids the need to turn to other, riskier forms of borrowing, which may result in unnecessary debt
  • Plaintiffs are in a much better position to receive the best possible legal settlement

For attorneys representing the plaintiffs, the benefits include:

  • Reduced pressure to settle a case too soon and accept a settlement that is less than deserved
  • Adequate time to get the best possible outcome for clients
  • Immediate relief for plaintiff clients struggling with bill payments when they may be unable to work due to accident injuries
  • Better relationships with their clients, who need the legal funding as well as the added time for the attorney to properly settle their case
  • Improved communications with their clients during the course of the case, as clients who are under less financial pressure will make for a better settlement outcome
  • More favorable attorney reviews and increased referrals from happier clients

Understanding The Basics of Consumer Legal Funding

Once you know how the consumer legal funding process works, it’s easy to see what a valuable solution it is for both plaintiffs and attorneys.

Pre-settlement legal funding is a great description of this funding, because the funding company actually provides funds to a plaintiff prior to the legal settlement of their case. The pre-settlement funds are usually taken from the portion of the total funds that will be dispersed at the time the case is settled. Pre-settlement funds are intended to help a plaintiff cover medical and living expenses until the case settles and settlement funds are received.

But it all begins with the attorneys.

Why Law Firms Should Be Involved In The Process

It is essential for the law firm to approve the funding amount given to the plaintiff, as the attorney must confirm that the case is legitimate and has a strong likelihood of being settled favorably. This approval by the attorney is the signal for the funding company that the plaintiff’s case is deserving of legal funding. Pre-settlement funds do not have to be repaid if the plaintiff were to lose the case. Most often, when the plaintiff wins or favorably settles their case, the attorney will repay the pre-settlement amount to the funding company out of the settlement funds at the time the case is settled.

Clearly, providing plaintiffs with the ability to receive financial assistance while their legal claim is in process is a benefit when they have nowhere else to turn and no other assets of significance to leverage for capital.

As The Consumer Legal Funding Industry Has Evolved, It Has Greatly Improved

In the past, some attorneys may have been hesitant to recommend pre-settlement funding for their clients because they may have been concerned over the perception of getting involved in the process, or worried about it from an ethics compliance standpoint. However, over recent years, bar associations and state licensing agencies have upheld, and now agree, that pre-settlement legal funding is a highly beneficial product.

Additionally, in the past, when there were not a lot of options for pre-settlement legal funding companies, clients may have been charged unnecessarily high fees and interest on funds with an indefinite payback period. As a result, if the case went on longer than expected, the client could be left with a payoff that was more than their settlement.

This just isn’t the case any longer. As the industry has matured and evolved, products and options have improved. States have implemented laws regulating the amount of fees that can be charged by pre-settlement funding companies and have required increased disclosure and transparency.

Additionally, the fees being charged have become more competitive, and companies like Capital Now Funding have joined the industry who are dedicated to providing fully transparent payoffs that are fixed for the life of the case with zero interest.

What is most essential in order to benefit the consumer is that law firms have access to legal funding companies they trust and can recommend to their clients. It is important that the attorney helps their client properly evaluate the funding company. Always look for a legal funding company with positive reviews, and one that is forthcoming about its fee structure.

Everyone Wins

As an attorney or law firm, you’re only going to see the benefits of pre-settlement funding if you choose the right consumer legal funding provider. Different providers have different terms and conditions, different fees and interest rates, and different levels of service and communication. Make sure you choose a good fit for you and your clients’ needs.

About the Author

Charles W. Price is Chief Executive Officer of Capital Now Funding, LLC, a nationwide provider of pre-settlement funding for personal injury cases. Capital Now Funding provides industry leading Fixed Fee funding with zero interest, which protects clients and preserves their ultimate settlement amount. For more information, you can contact Charles at cwprice@capitalnowfunding.com.

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By Harry Moran |

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Explosion lawsuits are filed more often than one would think. Whether in a place of business or a residential property, danger lurks for victims of others' negligence. Accidental gas leaks or faulty propane tanks are probably the most well-known type of house or building explosion, but sometimes, negligent installation by inexperienced workers or business owners looking to cut corners can lead to disaster. Likewise, if a person is injured or their property is damaged by fireworks—whether from a professional show or a neighbor's backyard—they are entitled to compensation.

Explosion payouts obviously vary depending on the severity of the damage caused and extent of injuries. Just last year, for example, a New Jersey man who suffered severe burns from an explosion while working on an electrical panel in 2019 sued his employer for gross negligence. The man was instructed to work on the electric panel even though he was not a licensed electrician. The resulting explosion inflicted burns over half of his body, requiring over 100 surgeries and a lifetime of future care. He was awarded $28MM for pain, suffering, and loss of ability to earn a salary.

Chris Janish, CEO of Legal-Bay, commented, "Extreme explosions can result in chemical burns, broken bones, and sometimes even death, not to mention the environmental impact and property damage that can occur. Legal Bay stands at the ready to assist victims of any type of explosion get the money they have coming to them."If you or a loved one was seriously injured or killed in an explosion, you may have grounds for a lawsuit. To apply for a cash advance lawsuit loan from your anticipated lawsuit settlement, please visit the company's website HERE or call 877.571.0405 where agents are standing by to hear about your specific case. 

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By John Freund |

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Legal-Bay's knowledge of product liability lawsuits and experience with mass tort litigations for various products and defective products makes them the leading lawsuit funding firm to call for a complex product defect case involving defective products or product rejection. This experience, as well as Legal-Bay's overall capital, gives them the reputation of the best lawsuit funding firm that exists today.

The lawsuit loan company's team of experts studies each national litigation, often leading the legal funding industry on which cases to begin funding. Many other lawsuit loan companies and lawsuit cash advance places and loan companies do not fund these types of cases due to the complex and time-consuming nature. However, this is just part of why Legal-Bay remains so committed to helping people who have suffered as a result of a defective surgical product or medical device gone wrong, including those that migrate in the body or cause other long-term damage.

If you are wondering what to do when a large corporation will fight your case or if a large corporation or company is fighting your claim, don't hesitate to contact Legal-Bay today. To learn more about product liability lawsuit funding, product liability lawsuit claim loans, product liability lawsuit money, or defective product settlement funding amounts, please visit our new product liability funding site, at: https://lawsuitssettlementfunding.com/product-liability.php 

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Below is a list of just some of the product liability mass tort cases that Legal-Bay's team is actively monitoring or has funded in the past:

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  • J&J Talc Products
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  • Chemical Hair Straightener Products
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Legal-Bay is currently reviewing and assessing case worth or proposed settlement amounts for many other bad products or defective products not listed above.

Chris Janish, CEO commented on today's announcement, "Legal-Bay has been built on product liability funding.  We are the leading and best mass tort funding company in the country, in my sincere opinion.  We work with the top lawyers on each specific litigation, and see cases and litigations from start to finish.  We are a guiding light for many victims who may need guidance on a product liability attorney to choose, and funding for surgical needs due to defective product or legal funding just to pay bills.  We do it all and take substantial risk—unlike most other litigation finance companies—to help our clients and law firms alike." 

To learn more, or to receive a free case evaluation on your bad product claim or defective product suit claim, or if you are looking for a product liability lawyer or product liability law firm please visit Legal-Bay's new website built for these types of claims at: https://lawsuitssettlementfunding.com/product-liability.php 

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Commenting on the acquisition, Level’s founder and CEO, George Williamson said: “Tower Street Finance have been the standout market leader since pioneering the probate market in 2020, while Level has done the same in the family law market.  By combining Tower Street Finance’s unparalleled expertise and network in the probate market with our platform and trusted reputation, we have a significant advantage over our competitors.”

Jim Sission, co-founder of Tower Street Finance, will be joining Level alongside two of his employees. Sission said that the acquisition by Level brings together the two company’s expertise across family law and probate lending, and will create “a best-in-class platform for legal funding.”

In addition to the acquisition, Level also announced that it had secured another £10 million in outside investment, comprised of a £5 million equity capital investment from Kendal Capital and £5 million debt investment from Correlation Risk Partners. Kendal Capital’s CEO and co-founder, Grant Kurland will be joining Level’s board of advisers, which already includes notable industry names such as Neil Purslow, CIO of Therium Capital. Kurland said that “the combination of Level & TSF is well placed to capitalise on their respective market leading positions in the family and probate sectors.”