Why You Should Join
You’ll get to network with other lawyers in your local region. You can build robust relationships that can enhance your skills and enjoyment of practicing law.
You’ll get access to our national CLE event called Elevate. Elevate allows you to network beyond your local market and earn CLE credits at a reduced rate.
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How It Works
Do a great job for your new clients and you’ll continue to get more referrals. It really is that simple.
What Our Current Attorneys Are Saying
I’ve been practicing for more than 30 years, without hesitation I can say the best decision I’ve made was teaming up with my LegalShield provider firm. A steady stream of quality referrals of potential clients who have been screened and are looking for representation. I am impressed with the professionals LegalShield has on staff, always helpful, without any cost to my firm.
Practicing law, as we all know is a difficult profession. My relationship with my Ohio provider firm has been extremely beneficial both financially and professionally. It has been a pleasure to be a LegalShield referral attorney, not only will I continue in that role, but I would strongly encourage any attorneys looking to advance their practice to consider coming on board.
Michael J. O’Conner
O’Connor Mikita and Davidson LLC
Participating as a LegalShield attorney has been so helpful to me in terms of expanding my practice. I also enjoy all the interesting new matters that are referred to me by the law firms involved with the Plan. In addition, my experiences with helping members learn to navigate simple and complex issues over the years has been very rewarding. Thanks for letting me participate as a Provider Firm with LegalShield over the years.
Neil W. Siegel
Attorney at Law
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the requirements to join the network?
- Have at least two years of experience as a licensed lawyer.
- Have current, certified malpractice insurance.
- Have no disciplinary actions against you.
Is there a free split, revenue share, referral fee or marketing fee?
No. See next question for more information.
How much does it cost to be part of the network?
There is no fee to join. There is no fee to maintain your membership. There is no commission or revenue split.
We need to help our members and we’re happy to connect them to reputable attorneys when we can’t help them directly.
All of our legal plans include a 25% discount off standard hourly rates. When you apply, you let us know your standard hourly rates and then offer referred members the same 25% discount we do.
How many referrals will I get?
LegalShield serves members across the entire US and all Canadian provinces and territories. We have thousands of cases come in every single day. However, as you can imagine, we don’t know exactly when cases that need to be referred out will come in or how many there will be in any particular location or area of law.
It’s impossible to say how many case referrals you will get. We can’t make any specific promises.
Is there anything I can do to increase the number of referrals I receive?
Like any referral relationship, if you stay in contact and do great work when we send you cases, you’re more likely to be top of mind next time something pops up that fits your area.
What type of cases will be offered to me?
When you join the LegalShield referral network, you will provide information about the nature of your practice, areas of expertise, average fees, etc. We will refer only cases that match your desired client profile.
Is this legal in my jurisdiction?
Yes. You may have read articles about situations that sound similar and how they violated revenue sharing rules or were otherwise illegal.
As mentioned, there is no money changing hands. We are simply referring clients to you that we can’t help. If you engage with any referral we send, it’s no different than a person contacting you because their friend recommended you.
Do I have to take the cases you refer to me?
No. You can refuse any referral, for any reason. Out of town? Fine. Not a fit for your skills? Fine. Client load maxing you out that month? Fine.
You are under no obligation to accept any referral and there will be no hard feelings. We understand not everything is a fit and we’ll try you again next time.
How are conflicts handled?
Before accepting a case, you should screen for conflicts. If a conflict arises during representation, the matter can be referred to someone else.
Does LegalShield interfere with my independent professional judgment while representing a client?
No. If you accept a referral from LegalShield, you work with the client just like you work with any of your other clients.
How do I make arrangements to represent a client?
You form the attorney client relationship on your terms, the same as you always do. You can require an in-office conference, a written fee agreement or an up front retainer. Whatever the situation merits, in your opinion, is fine.
How do the referrals come to me?
We conduct initial consultations to determine if there is a real legal need. If there is a need for an attorney and we can’t help directly, we’ll contact you by email or phone to discuss the case and forward any documents we may have collected. We can contact you directly, another attorney at your firm, an administrator you assign or whomever you deem best equipped to field referrals.
Will LegalShield judge my performance?
Since client satisfaction is paramount, LegalShield will survey members referred to you regarding their experience and share the feedback with you. LegalShield intends for this feedback to be constructive and to make your practice stronger.