Built for and by plaintiff attorneys, Lawsuit Cost Financing is a business line of credit assigned to a case. It is fast and flexible financing. This case-specific credit line disburses funds as needed, up to the case's credit limit, and features competitive rates and repayment terms that align with the length of your case.
Our quick, easy, and highly automated underwriting allows us to offer you financing in mere hours, as opposed to other lenders that take weeks or longer to approve a loan.
LCF is currently available exclusively to plaintiff lawyers. Defendant lawyers are not eligible at the moment.
Apply for LCF here. It is a simple application that will take a few minutes to fill out and will not impact your credit score.
Nearly all negligence cases (except for mass tort and class action cases) are eligible for LCF. To qualify, the law firm will be underwritten first and, if approved, your cases should qualify for LCF. The most frequent case types that we fund are: professional liability cases (including medical malpractice), product liability, premises liability, auto/trucking negligence, and business torts.
LCF is available in every state except South Dakota, North Dakota and Vermont.
Apply online by clicking this link. The application is simple and will take you only a few minutes.
Rates vary depending on the business credit of the firm and personal credit of the guarantor(s). Rates are as low as 0.7% per month. Note that your application will NOT affect your personal credit score.
Interest accrues only if there is an outstanding balance on your LCF account. If the balance is zero, interest will not accrue.
Interest expenses are tracked on a per case basis, so that you can pass this cost to your client (where applicable).
To help you manage your cash flow and keep payments low while you work your case, LCF is an interest-only loan for the first 18-24 months. This means that if there is an outstanding principal balance on the line of credit, LCF processes interest-only payments. You may make payments for an amount higher than the interest payment if you so desire. Any payment amount in excess of the interest accrued is applied to the principal balance. After the expiration of the interest-only period, LevelEsq may consider extending the interest-only period depending upon case activity. We understand cases don't always follow a straight line.
Once a case is settled and the settlement funds have cleared payment, the entire line of credit balance, if any, is due. In the event of a trial loss for a case that has Litigation Cost Protection insurance, the principal balance will be paid through the policy. In the event of a trial loss for a case that is not covered by Litigation Cost Protection, or any other adverse ruling that ends the case, the loan will be amortized over a period of 12-36 months.
Interest-only periods and principal plus interest repayment periods may vary from law firm to law firm, and case to case. Final terms and conditions are subject to underwriting and final approval from LevelEsq. Final terms and conditions will be provided to you during underwriting.
You need only provide the de minimus information contained within our simple online application form. You will be asked to either link your operating bank account with our third-party service, Finicity, or you can provide the last 6 months of bank statements by uploading them the application. If you link through Finicity, we will waive the bank analysis fee of $100.
Yes, the proceeds of the loan are to be used to pay the cost disbursements from the associated case.
The law firms only need to be underwritten once per year. The initial underwriting is done at the time of application and a renewal underwriting is performed at the one-year mark. Each case will be reviewed by our team to ensure the case meets the basic criteria and to set a credit limit on that case’s loan exposure.
You will be asked to either link your operating bank account with our third-party service, Finicity, or you can provide the last 6 months of bank statements by uploading them to our system. If you link your bank through Finicity, we will waive the $100 bank analysis fee.
LevelEsq, which is an Idea Financial company, underwrites LCF.
You can always request a loan limit increase, although there is no guarantee this will be provided.
You can withdraw cash from your LCF line of credit whenever you wish during the interest-only period. To make a draw, login to the LevelEsq online portal here.
Our underwriting team will underwrite your firm and the guarantors. We require 50% ownership of the law firm to guarantee the loan. You must have a minimum 650 FICO to be approved.
LevelEsq’s co-founders, Larry Bassuk and Justin Leto, are both trial lawyers with their licenses to practice law in Florida and in the federal courts in Florida. They initially invented, and brought to market, LevelEsq’s other signature product, Litigation Cost Protection (LCP). LCP insures cases and makes payment in the event the case is lost at trial. LCP has provided over $100 million in coverage to law firms nationwide. While working on the growth of LCP through Level Insurance, Larry and Justin launched a small business lending company, Idea Financial. Idea Financial has developed excellent technology for speedy underwriting and issuance of small business loans and recently closed on a large debt facility from Synovus Bank.
Level Insurance was acquired by Idea Financial and, using the dynamic lending platform Idea Financial has developed, Level Insurance became LevelEsq to launch Lawsuit Cost Financing, a business line of credit for plaintiff lawyers.
We have the tools and the expertise to get you the financing you need, quickly and efficiently. LevelEsq knows how your business works and can offer your firm specified case-by-case financing with personalized service, fast approvals, less red tape, and a tech-enabled customer experience. It has taken far too long for fintech to provide this type of financing to lawyers. LevelEsq is here to change that.
Lawsuit Cost Financing is a flexible line of credit with a credit limit based on the value of your individual case. We understand the unique finances of plaintiff law firms. Funding case costs and investing in quality experts is expensive, and years can pass before a case is resolved. To grow your firm, you need to be able to take on more cases, which places further demands on cash flow that is, by its very nature, sporadic and unpredictable. Lawsuit Cost Financing provides the liquidity you need to invest in your firm’s future and frees up the cash that you have tied into your case expenses.
Lawsuit Cost Financing is faster. While other lenders have lengthy and invasive approval processes, our lightning-fast application and underwriting process allows you to access funds quickly and without hassle. Because we are a financial technology company, we can offer loans to applicants in hours, rather than weeks.
Lawsuit Cost Financing is less intrusive and does not make unreasonable demands. Unlike other lenders, we will NOT require you to:
We will track your interest costs for free. Lawsuit Cost Financing gives you access to our digital platform, which includes easy interest tracking on each case. This tracking allows you to pass that interest to your clients, where permitted by state Bar and Ethics Rules. In most jurisdictions, law firms can recover interest charges related to funding case expenses from case awards, provided the firm individually tracks the interest expenses. Other lenders may provide this service, but they charge a fee. We provide this to you without additional charges.
Lawsuit Cost Financing applied for within the first 120 days after service of process include a Litigation Cost Protection policy. Only LevelEsq offers this unique service. If a trial results in a zero-dollar recovery for your case, this insurance will repay LevelEsq the principal balance of your loan, so your firm doesn’t have to. LCP typically costs 7% of the amount of coverage. Rather than charging you for the LCP policy up front, we charge a monthly line maintenance fee of 30 to 50 basis points of your LCF credit limit. Whereas all other lenders charge fees, those fees do not enhance their product offering. Our fees are directly linked to your LCP policy and provide your coverage so if you lose at trial, you will not have to pay us back from your law firm funds. For more information about our revolutionary Litigation Cost Protection, click here.
Lawsuit Cost Financing uses a digital platform where you and your firm can easily categorize cases, track interest, and quickly request funds for your case as needed.
Lawsuit Cost Financing uses LevelEsq's proprietary digital platform that allows you and your firm to easily categorize cases, track interest, and quickly request funds for your case as needed. The online portal shows your transaction history, payment schedule, documents, among other information on a per case basis.
The interest tracking feature allows you to pass that interest to your clients, where permitted by state Bar and Ethics Rules. In most jurisdictions, law firms can recover interest charges related to funding case expenses from case awards, provided the firm individually tracks the interest expenses. We offer this service at no additional fee in every case you finance. We encourage you to check with your State and local Bar to determine your ability to pass interest costs to your client.
Every time you file a lawsuit, you can apply for Lawsuit Case Financing for that case.
No. Lawsuit Case Financing is available on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the lawyer or firm. There is no requirement to seek Lawsuit Cost Financing on any case.
You may be able to recover interest charges related to funding case expenses from case awards.
In many jurisdictions, law firms can pass interest costs related to funding case expenses to the client. To do so, the firm must individually track the interest expenses.
Rather than track your own expenses, LevelEsq tracks your interest in each case. We provide this service, which reduces your cost for taking a LevelEsq loan considerably, to your firm at no additional cost.
LevelEsq encourages you to check with your State and local Bar to determine your ability to pass interest costs to your client. All loans are subject to credit approval, and terms and conditions may vary.
No. Other lenders may require life insurance from a borrower to guarantee loan repayment. We will never demand that you buy life insurance for our benefit. Life insurance is for your family, not for us.
While other lenders may require a borrower to provide equipment, goods, or other tangible collateral to guarantee loan repayment, LevelEsq only requires a personal guarantee that the loan will be repaid.
No. Other lenders may require you to close other financing or to end relationships with banks that you have worked years to establish. We respect your relationships and will never ask you to leave your bank.
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Litigation Cost Protection is insurance to cover costs spent by plaintiffs’ attorneys and litigants in furtherance of the case. Litigation Cost Protection is sold on a case-by-case basis, providing a unique opportunity to insure each case’s individual cost disbursements.
Litigation Cost Protection is an insurance product that exists to reimburse a lawyer or litigant for money spent on a case that results in a zero-dollar recovery after trial.
LevelEsq also provides Lawsuit Cost Financing, to learn about LevelEsq’s Lawsuit Cost Financing, click here.
No. This is a first-of-its-kind insurance and there is no comparable insurance product available.
Litigation Cost Protection was created by trial attorneys Justin Leto and Larry Bassuk, who understand the burdens of financial risk placed on attorneys and plaintiffs. As the costs of litigation continue to increase, so do the risks associated with litigation. Larry and Justin recognized that this risk was insurable but that no product existed to protect against this risk. As a result, they developed this first-of-its-kind insurance solution to allow plaintiffs and plaintiffs’ lawyers to recoup their investment in the event they fight and lose, thus leveling the playing field in a system that has been historically weighted in favor of the defense.
Litigation Cost Protection may provide a substantial competitive advantage. If a law firm recognizes that the costs generated by a particular case will be large, and that law firm is in competition with other firms to sign up the client/case, the law firm can offer to buy Litigation Cost Protection for the case as a way of incentivizing the client to sign with the firm. Clients recognize the risk and expense of litigation and will appreciate a law firm spending its own money on this valuable coverage. And with Litigation Cost Protection being nominally priced, the goodwill gesture of buying this coverage will be well worth the expense.
Litigation Cost Protection offers many benefits aside from just covering expenses. First, with a Litigation Cost Protection policy, you have access to premier rates with LevelEsq’s Litigation Cost Financing. In addition, many lawyers reveal that the are covered by LCP at mediation in order to drive settlement values higher. By informing the defense of this coverage, our customers can reverse the narrative often used by defense lawyers that they will outspend the plaintiff. Moreover, plaintiff lawyers that are covered by LCP never think twice about spending what is needed to get the very best result for their clients because, in the event they lose, they will get their investment back.
The premium paid for the Litigation Cost Protection policy may be able to be passed through to the client where state bar guidelines and your retainer agreement allow. For example, Florida, North Carolina, and Utah have specific ethics opinions which allow the cost to be passed through to the client.
Attorneys and plaintiffs who are funding the litigation. Attorneys who represent clients on a contingency fee basis can purchase Litigation Cost Protection on a case-by-case basis. Likewise, plaintiffs who have retained an attorney pursuant to an hourly or other fee arrangement and are paying litigation costs themselves can directly purchase Litigation Cost Protection.
It’s easy: click here to apply. Litigation Cost Protection is available for purchase online and is bound and issued immediately after the applicant satisfactorily answers three simple eligibility questions.
Litigation Cost Protection is available for purchase until 120 days after the initial complaint has been served on the defendant.
The policy premium for Litigation Cost Protection is 7% of your selected policy limits. So, for example, if you choose a $50,000 policy, you pay a one-time policy premium of $3,500. Additional fees and taxes will apply. The payment is made by credit card or ACH online during the application process.
The application process is simple and is completed on-line. The applicants must identify themselves, the case names, answer three eligibility questions and attach a pdf copy of the operative complaint. That’s it. Click here to apply.
Every time you file a lawsuit, you can buy a policy for that lawsuit.
No. Litigation Cost Protection is only available on a case-by-case basis. You have the freedom of choosing the cases for which you would like to purchase Litigation Cost Protection.
Yes. The lower the cost exposure, the lower the premium. The policy premium for a case that may generate $10,000 in costs through trial is only $700 exclusive of taxes and fees.
Apply here and answer three simple eligibility questions. It’s that easy.
Litigation Cost Protection is available for most tort claims and contract actions.
Examples of tort actions for which Litigation Cost Protection is available include:
Examples of contractual cases for which Litigation Cost Protection is available include:
Apply here and answer 3 simple eligibility questions. It’s that easy.
Currently, Litigation Cost Protection is available in all states except New York
Yes, but your background information will be saved. You will be asked to provide the new case name, a pdf copy of the operative complaint, and you will be asked to answer the eligibility questions for this case.
No. Litigation Cost Protection can be purchased on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the insured. There is no requirement to buy insurance on any case.
The minimum Litigation Cost Protection policy limit is $3,500 and the maximum policy limit is currently $500,000.
No. You have the freedom of choosing the policy limit that is custom-tailored to your case. You choose your policy limit during the application process.
By you. The application prompts you to input the amount of coverage you need. You can enter any number between $3,500 and $500,000, and the premium will be immediately calculated. You are not forced to buy pre-set limits. You choose what you need.
Litigation Cost Protection covers costs spent in furtherance of litigation. These cost disbursements include, for example, expert witness fees, travel costs (hotels, airfare, and ancillary travel expenses), court reporter fees, trial exhibit costs, filing fees, mediator expenses, copies, e-discovery, and all other money you invest directly into the lawsuit. The policy does not use qualifiers like “reasonable costs.” You are reimbursed for whatever you spend, period.
Attorney’s fees, general overhead or office expenses, an opposing party’s costs or attorneys’ fees as may be awarded by the Court, and the premium paid for this policy are not covered.
No. The premium paid for Litigation Cost Protection is not reimbursed to the insured in the event of a loss.
No. If a covered expenditure was made in furtherance of the litigation, submit it with your claim for reimbursement. There is no requirement that an expense be “reasonable.” This is your case, and you know best what’s needed to prosecute it.
Litigation Cost Protection is retroactive to the time a lawyer was first retained and follows the case. If you purchase Litigation Cost Protection within 120 days of service of the lawsuit, all covered costs expended prior to the purchase of the policy, dating back to when the lawyer was retained, are eligible for reimbursement.
Yes. Litigation Cost Protection does not determine whether litigation costs are reasonable. If the money is spent is in direct furtherance of the case, it is covered up to the policy limits. If a lawyer or litigant chooses to spend money on first class airfare or five-star hotels, that is their choice. The policy clearly defines “Litigation Costs” in the policy and does not use qualifiers like “reasonable.”
No. The cost does not need to qualify as a “taxable cost.”
Coverage is provided by Aspen Specialty Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited (“Aspen”). Aspen provides reinsurance and insurance coverage to clients in various domestic and global markets through wholly owned subsidiaries and offices in Australia, Bermuda, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Singapore, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
The claims process is easy. You simply upload the required documents to our website. We will require a certified copy of the adverse judgment; a detailed, line-item listing of all litigation costs and invoices evidencing the same; and proof of payment. Click here to file a claim.
The policy will pay out after your case goes to trial and results in a zero-dollar recovery. If the case settles, is disposed of on summary judgment, or does not go to trial for any other reason, any costs incurred will not be covered.
Your Litigation Cost Protection policy follows the case through appeal, up to policy limits. Your claim is paid after the appellate process has concluded.
For example, if your case is unsuccessful after trial, and no appeal is filed, you may submit your claim for payment after the time to file an appeal has expired. If, on the other hand, an appeal is filed, you may submit your claim for payment after the appellate process concludes.
The recovery you obtain if you settle against one defendant will offset the amount of coverage available under your Litigation Cost Protection policy. For example, if you have a $100,000 policy and settle against Defendant “A” for $15,000, you will then have $85,000 of coverage available under your policy as you proceed against Defendant “B.”
If Litigation Cost Protection is purchased by the litigant, it is the litigant’s policy regardless of change in counsel. However, if Litigation Cost Protection is purchased by the attorney, the policy is not transferable without prior approval of LevelEsq.
No. The Litigation Cost Protection policy would not be triggered in the event of a settlement or a dismissal. Litigation Cost Protection is an insurance product that exists to reimburse a lawyer or litigant for money spent on a case that results in a zero-dollar recovery after trial.
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Litigation Cost Protection is underwritten by Aspen Specialty Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aspen Insurance Holdings Limited (“Aspen”). For the year ended December 31, 2017, Aspen reported $12.9 billion in total assets, $6.7 billion in gross reserves, $2.9 billion in total shareholders’ equity and $3.4 billion in gross written premiums. Its operating subsidiaries have been assigned a rating of “A” by Standard & Poor’s Financial Services LLC (“S&P”), an “A” (“Excellent”) by A.M. Best Company Inc. (“A.M. Best”) and an “A2” by Moody’s Investor Service, Inc. (“Moody’s”).