How monthly loan repayments affect plaintiffs
Many plaintiffs seek funding during their lawsuit, and the forms of this funding is often structured to be repaid monthly. Monthly payments can be an inconvenience for a lot of reasons, a few of which include:
Plaintiffs may have to start making these payments before a settlement is reached. Every form of funding is different, but those structured to be repaid monthly can be incredibly inconvenient for a plaintiff. That’s because those repayments may be expected when the lawsuit hasn’t been resolved yet. Since lawsuits vary in the amount of time it takes to reach a settlement, going from weeks to years, lender’s aren’t going to wait around until repayment is convenient. Monthly payments without the help of their lawsuit settlement can wreak havoc on a plaintiff’s finances and then what happens if the plaintiff loses the lawsuit? Lawsuit loans, however, are structured differently. Repayment is expected at the time of settlement, so plaintiffs don’t have to worry about monthly payments, and the lawsuit itself acts as collateral.
Plaintiffs already have other monthly payments to worry about. Plaintiffs that seek lawsuit funding often do so because of lost wages relating to the lawsuit, such as if they have an injury from an accident or the lawsuit is workplace related. They use loans to make payments like medical bills, utilities, mortgage, car, and other living expenses, and making a loan payment on top of that every month can be difficult, especially considering the reasons the loan was taken out in the first place. We previously posed the question of how plaintiffs are supposed to make loan payments before a settlement is reached, but another good question is, how are they supposed to pay these everyday expenses and repay the loan monthly if the lawsuit hasn’t even been settled yet? Using lawsuit loans instead means that you only have to worry about other monthly expenses until a settlement is reached.
The interest will add up and the plaintiff’s credit could suffer. So, along with those loan repayments comes how the lender makes their money: interest. The longer a plaintiff takes to pay, the more interest they’ll add up, and even low small interest rates can take a big chunk out of the lawsuit settlement. And for each monthly payment that is late or missed, their credit could suffer or their collateral could be repossessed. Using a lawsuit loan can protect a plaintiff’s credit and they wouldn’t have the same concerns about mounting interest, as everything is paid when they have their settlement money.
About the Author: Steven Medvin is the Executive Director of SMP Advance Funding, LLC, which provides lawsuit funding to individuals who need a lawsuit loan for pending lawsuits. For more information please visit www.smpadvance.com.