LAWYER REFERRAL PANEL
The Lawyer Referral Servcie (LRS) refers members of the public, who are seeking representation and willing to pay attorney fees, to attorneys who are members of the LRS program. LRS does not make referrals for low fee or pro bono cases.
KCBA members can join LRS for a registration fee of $200 annually and $460 for non-members.
If the panel member is retained by the client, LRS shall receive a fee share as set forth below. Proceeds from LRS are used, in part, to support pro bono services at KCBA.
amount of attorny fee amount of fee share
a. 0-$999 = 0 fee share
b. $1,000 - $24,999 = 14 % fee share (for the full amount up to $24,999, $including the first $1,000)
c. $25,000 + = 20% fee share (for the amount over $25,000)
b + c = total fee share due to LRS
Panel members must carry E&O insurance of at least $200,000/500,000, and meet the experience requirements as set forth by the LRS Committee and the ABA.
The panel member must provide a 30 minute consultation to the client at no charge.
The panel member must agree to abide by all rules and procedures of the Lawyer Referral Program.
If the panel member and client wish to move forward, a written fee agreement must be executed. KCBA does not set fees for panel attorneys.
Panel members will receive a referral confirmation by e-mail with the client name, contact information and type of case. The referral forms are to be completed and returned to LRS within two weeks so we know referral will be moving forward. Each quarter, a case status report will be sent to the panel attorneys listing every client that has been referred and has not been closed. Attorneys use this report to provide an update for each referral or case.
How referrals are made
Lawyer Referral operates predominantly as a call center. Referrals may also be requested by the client online. Potential clients are screened by a referral specialist. If a referral seems reasonable based on information given by the caller, the potential client is given the name and number of an attorney. Attorneys are rotated in order, by relevant panel in the geographic area requested by the client. LRS does not refer on the basis of ethnicity, gender or other characteristics unrelated to the legal area.
There is a $45 referral fee for most types of cases and the client receives three referrals.
The intake staff are not attorneys and cannot determine the merits of a claim. They do try to refer matters that appear to have minimal damages, or are uanble to pay full market rate legal fees, to the Legal Clinics, Small Claims Court or other community organizations for free services.
How to Join
If you are interested in joining the Lawyer Referral, download the forms from the right side of page and submit to KCBA. A new panel selection form must be submitted every three years. A renewal is reuired every year after the first year. Please contact Lesa Henry, at Lesah@kcba.org, or, call at 206-267-7046 with any questions. You may also join online while activating or renewing your KCBA membership.
The complete guidelines and procedures for Lawyer Referral may be found here may be downloaded from the right side of the page.