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Legal Finance

Get access to legal finance to reduce the burden of costs incurred during your case.

Going to court is stressful, and this stress can be deepened when you’re worrying about the costs that are building up with your lawyer, along with any other legal costs incurred. Getting legal finance to offset some of these costs can be one way to ease your concerns. With most lenders, funds go directly to your lawyer so you don’t have to worry about whether or not they have been paid.

How does legal finance work?

Legal finance is a way for genuine claimants to fund their legal costs. Depending on the lender, this may only be available for certain types of cases, such as family law or contested probate proceedings. You are generally able to borrow a maximum of 30% of an estimate of your expected settlement in court. Once approved, the funds are usually invoiced directly to your lawyer or used as a balloon payment from the proceeds of the settlement. You are able to use this loan to cover solicitor’s fees, court costs, barrister’s costs as well as other disbursements that are relevant to your case.

How does legal finance differ from a personal loan?

Legal finance is different to a personal loan taken out to cover the costs of your legal case. Legal finance involves your lender working with you and your lawyer to prepare a funding solution that suits your individual circumstances.

When you apply for legal finance you need to provide details about your case so the amount you are approved for is tailored to your individual circumstances. Once you have been approved, funds can be paid directly to your lawyer instead of to you.

Compare the below legal finance options

Rates last updated May 22nd, 2018
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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Min Loan Amount Loan Term Monthly Service Fee Application Fee Product Description Monthly Repayment
HSBC Personal Loan
From 9.5% (fixed)
10.06%
$5,000
1 to 5 years
$5
$150
A competitive fixed interest rate loan with the option to make extra repayments. Rates range from 9.5% p.a. to 15.99% p.a. based on your credit history.
SocietyOne Unsecured Personal Loan
From 7.5% (fixed)
9.51%
$5,000
2 to 5 years
$0
3% (of loan amount)
Based on your risk profile, you will receive a tailored rate between 7.5% and 20.49% with a SocietyOne personal loan.
Harmoney Unsecured Personal Loan
From 6.99% (fixed)
7.69%
$5,000
3 to 5 years
$0
$500 (Upfront fee)
Interest rates are tailored to each applicant individually, and start from as low as 6.99% p.a. to 26.95% p.a.. based on your credit history.
Citi Personal Loan Plus
From 8.99% (variable)
9.96%
$5,000
3 to 5 years
$10
$199
Borrow up to $75,000 to use for a range of purposes. You’ll receive a rate of between 8.99% p.a. and 17.99% p.a. depending on your risk profile. (Comparison Rate of 9.96% p.a. to 18.91% p.a..)
Pepper Money Unsecured Fixed Rate Personal Loan
From 9.99% (fixed)
9.99%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$0
$0
Apply for up to $50,000 and receive conditional approval within minutes. Interest rates range from 9.99% p.a. to 21.74% p.a. The rate you are approved for depends on individual circumstances.
NOW FINANCE Personal Loans
From 7.95% (fixed)
9.42%
$5,000
1.5 to 7 years
$13
$395 (Based on $10,000)
Get rewarded with a low interest rate for your good credit history. Rates from 7.95% p.a. to 16.95% p.a. depending on your credit score.
Wisr Personal Loan
From 8.5% (variable)
9.36%
$5,000
3 to 5 years
$595
Get a personalised interest rate between 8.5% p.a. and 18.5% p.a. and use your funds for any purpose.
ANZ Fixed Rate Personal Loan
10.99% (fixed)
11.87%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$10
$150
Apply for up to $50,000 to use however you choose and benefit from a competitive fixed rate.
MyState Unsecured Personal Loan
12.99% (variable)
16.42%
$3,000
1 to 7 years
$10
$200
Apply for up to $50,000 and make additional repayments at any time without penalty.
Westpac Unsecured Personal Loan
12.99% (fixed)
14.14%
$4,000
1 to 7 years
$12
$250 (No establishment fee for a new Unsecured Personal Loan before 14 June 2018)
A competitive, fixed rate personal loan that allows you to make extra repayments. Apply before 14 June 2018 and pay $0 establishment fee.
Latitude Personal Loan (Unsecured)
From 13.99% (fixed)
15.19%
$3,000
2 to 7 years
$13
$250 (Loans under $4000 - $140)
An unsecured loan with a tailored rate from 13.99% p.a. to 29.99% p.a. designed for multiple purposes including renovating, buying a car or travelling.
Heritage Bank Standard Personal Loan
12.99% (fixed)
13.61%
$5,000
1 to 5 years
$5
$200
A flexible personal loan where you can choose a fixed or variable rate and make extra repayments at any time.
RACQ Unsecured Personal Loan
12.95% (variable)
13.25%
$3,000
5 years
$0
$200
Apply for up to $60,000 to use for a variety of purposes end enjoy no penalty for early repayment. Note: You must be a QLD resident to apply.
St.George Unsecured Personal Loan - Fixed Rate
From 12.99% (fixed)
14.06%
$2,000
1 to 5 years
$12
$195
Convenient redraw facility and flexible personal loan repayment options with a competitive interest rate between 12.99% p.a. and 19.99% p.a.. If you borrow more than $10,000 to buy a new or used car, you'll receive a $200 fuel card. Note: Must apply before 28 June 2018.

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How to compare legal finance options

In order to compare your legal finance options, consider the following:

  • The loan terms available.Look into whether or not the loan terms you’re applying for match your case duration. Some lenders offer terms that start from six months but are able to be extended if your case goes longer than the maximum loan term.
  • Secured or unsecured. Whether or not you have security to offer when looking for legal finance is another comparison to make. If you don’t have any assets that can be offered as security, an unsecured legal finance option may be right for you.
  • Repayment flexibility. The flexibility of weekly, fortnightly or monthly repayments can be of benefit when you’re paying off your loan and is another point to consider.
  • Interest rates. As with any loan, a lower interest rate is beneficial as it allows you to pay off the amount owed faster, so compare rates when looking into legal finance.
  • Fees. Whether or not there are fees associated with your legal finance option is another thing to consider before applying. Some lenders require application fees as well as charging monthly administration fees for the term of your loan.
  • Credit ratings. Some lenders only accept applications from those who have good credit. Make sure you either meet the credit criteria or look into finding another lender.

Is there anything else to consider before applying?

Some things to consider before applying for legal finance:

  • Is this a dangerous habit? It’s easy to think that once you’ve been approved for a loan your financial worries disappear. However, it’s possible to get into too much debt and it becomes more difficult to break the habit with each loan you are approved for.
  • Have you already applied for legal finance? If you have applied for legal finance and are impatiently waiting for a response, give it a few more days or chase up the lender before applying elsewhere. Applying for too many legal finance options is risky and as excessive enquiries can damage your credit file.
  • Are you aware of the fees and charges? Make sure you have investigated all the fees and charges that will be incurred on the legal finance so there are no nasty surprises.

Have more questions about legal finance?

What about credit checks?

An initial credit check will be completed when applying for the loan. If you wish to extend your loan terms then another credit check will be done to ensure you can meet your financial obligations.

Am I able to use the funds for any other purpose?

No. This loan will only be made available for your lawyer’s invoices.

Does the other legal party have to know about my financial situation?

Depending on the circumstances, the other party may be able to apply to the court to find out how you are funding your case. Check with your solicitor.
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SocietyOne Unsecured Personal Loan

Based on your risk profile, you will receive a tailored rate between 7.5% and 20.49% with a SocietyOne personal loan.

Westpac Unsecured Personal Loan

A competitive, fixed rate personal loan that allows you to make extra repayments. Apply before 14 June 2018 and pay $0 establishment fee.

Harmoney Unsecured Personal Loan

Interest rates are tailored to each applicant individually, and start from as low as 6.99% p.a. to 26.95% p.a.. based on your credit history.

Pepper Money Unsecured Fixed Rate Personal Loan

Apply for up to $50,000 and receive conditional approval within minutes. Interest rates range from 9.99% p.a. to 21.74% p.a. The rate you are approved for depends on individual circumstances.

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