If you’re a plaintiffs’ attorney, chances are that you’re familiar with the cash flow challenges that accompany working on a contingency fee basis.
There are numerous expenses involved with litigating a case. Because you only get paid after reaching a favorable outcome for your client, you must front all case costs and other litigation related expenses, which can put a strain on your law firm’s finances.
And even though most settlements payout rather quickly, there are sometimes lengthy post-settlement payment delays, where you may have to wait several months or sometimes in excess of a year before you receive your fee (and this is AFTER you have successfully done your job by negotiating a settlement or winning a verdict for your client).
As a solution to such payment delays, Thrivest offers post-settlement funding for attorneys. The below infographic goes into detail specifically about the underwriting process for attorney fee advances.
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Attorney Post-Settlement Funding Underwriting Process
First, the attorney fills out a brief online application, which asks basic questions about you, your law firm, and the case pertaining to your advance. The application also involves submitting necessary documentation including a signed settlement agreement by the plaintiff and defense as well as retainer and fee splitting agreements (if co-counsel exists).
Thrivest will then perform judgment and lien searches to confirm they are in first lien position for this asset. At their discretion, they may send lien notification to defense, administrator, or lead counsel so that they get paid directly.
In certain circumstances, Thrivest will conservatively discount the projected fees earned. Discounts will vary based on case type.
Thrivest will then advance a portion of the fee at a discount rate between 18% and 24% annualized, compounded monthly. To protect them against duration risk, Thrivest will underwrite each transaction for significantly longer than the expected collection date. Each transaction will have a monthly rebate schedule so the purchase price will reflect how long it took the underlying fee to collect.
Learn More About Thrivest’s Complete Line of Attorney Funding Solutions
Post-settlement funding is one of several cash flow solutions Thrivest offers to attorneys. For a detailed description of their full suite of law firm funding programs, please read their resource entitled “Attorney Funding: The Essential Guide.”