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LAWYER REFERRAL PANEL

The Lawyer Referral refers members of the public, who are seeking representation and willing to pay attorney fees, to attorneys registered with us. Lawyer Referral is a regular fee referral service, and callers are informed of this at the outset.

Fees
KCBA members can join LRS for a registration fee of $200 annually for KCBA members and $425 for non-members. If the panel member is retained by the client, LRS is paid 14% of the attorneys fees collected from the client if the total fee is over $1000.  If the fee is $25000 or more, the fee share is 20%.  Proceeds from LRS are used in part to fund pro bono services at KCBA.

amount of fee          amount of fee share

0-$999                 =     0 fee share

$1,000 - $24,999  =    14% fee share  ( for the first amount up to $24,999, $including the first $1,000)

$25,000 +               =   20% fee share  (for any amount amount over $25,000)

 

Other Requirements
Panel members must carry E&O insurance of at least $200,000/500,000, and meet basic experience requirements for many of the panels.

Operations
Lawyer Referral operates as a telephone service. Potential clients call the intake number, where they are screened by an ireferral 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. Sometimes special circumstances require referral out of the rotation. LRS does not refer on the basis of ethnicity, gender or other characteristic unrelated to the legal area. We do, however, refer for non-English language ability if needed and we can.

The intake staff members are not in a position to give legal advice or to decide the merits of a claim. They do, however, try to refer matters that seem to have minimal damages or are unwilling to pay full market rate legal fees, to the Legal Clinics for an initial consultation, or to Small Claims Court if the claimed damages fit that jurisdiction.

The panel attorney provides a half hour consultation (in person unless the clients requests a phone consultation) to the client at no charge. LRS collects $45 by credit card from the caller for the referral, except for personal injury, workers compensation, criminal or SSI/SSD. 

If the panel attorney and client wish to work together, the fee arrangment is between the attorey and client.  KCBA does not get invovled in the attorney-client fee arrangment.

 

Reporting Process
Panel members receive a referral confirmation by e-mail with the client name, type of case, and a place to indicate the outcome of the consultation. The referral sheets are to be returned to LRS after within two weeks so we know the statuse of the referral went forward of was a conferenc eonly.  Each quarter, a case status report is sent to panel attorneys with a list of every client that has been referred and is in active status in our database.  Attorneys are able to update the status and

Overview
Mmany of our referrals are in areas where ordinary folks are likely to need an attorney—family law, estate planning, bankruptcy and modest personal injury matters. We also refer a lot of employment and workers compensation cases. We do refer to many other areas of law and try to subdivide our panels in a way that helps us make more accurate referrals.

How to Register
If you are interested in Lawyer Referral, or need more information, just give a call to Nannette, 206-267-7048 or nannettev@kcba.org

Operational Rules
The complete guidelines and procedures for Lawyer Referral may be found here: please click for rules 

 

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