Usually used as a last resort because of their often unregulated fees, pre-settlement loans can be expensive and somewhat difficult to acquire.
With traditional loans, credit reports are pulled and questions about finances and income help shape terms of repayment. Since pre-settlement loan companies look for cases that have the best chances of winning in court, a client’s credit, amount of collateral or income situation is not useful in negotiating better repayment terms. Typically, the terms of repayment, including interest rates and length of the loan are unregulated, and depend totally on the company issuing the loan. It is up to the client to work with their attorney to do proper research to make sure that prohibitive costs are kept at a minimum.