Imagine this: you get a potential client with a personal injury case—a type of case you’re not used to handling. Maybe you’re even out-of-state and worried about venturing into Florida’s legal waters.
What do you do?
That’s where I come in. You refer the case to my firm, your client gets top-notch representation, and you get a share of the earnings.
A win-win for everyone, wouldn’t you say?
Thanks to my popular YouTube channel and extensive website, I often get leads for out-of-state PI cases and am always looking to build lasting relationships with attorneys like you.
And just so you know, I’ve written some pretty hefty ‘thank you’ checks to both in-state and out-of-state referring attorneys.
We’re based in Miami but cover the whole Sunshine State, from car accidents in Miami Beach to slip and falls in Jacksonville. We’ve even represented folks injured on cruise ships!
Florida law allows me to send you a nice ‘thank you’ check, amounting to 25% of the total attorney’s fees earned on the case. Of course, there are some rules to this (more on that later), but just know that we’re all in the clear. And for those of you practicing out-of-state, this is an excellent way to ensure you’re not stepping into Unlicensed Practice of Law (UPL) territory.
Over the past 19 years, I’ve handled cases from the Florida Keys all the way up to Pensacola. But enough about me; let’s talk about how we can both help your client and make your practice more profitable.
Table of contents
- I’ll Sue Anywhere in Florida
- Referring Attorneys Are Included in Our Fee Contract
- Referring Attorneys Are Featured on the Closing Statement: E-Signatures Make It Effortless
- We’ll Copy You On Every Email, Fax and Letter Sent and Received (If You Wish)
- Do We Also Pay Referral Fees to Out of State Lawyers?
- Can I Pay Money to Someone Who Isn’t a Lawyer Who Refers us A Case?
- Do I Refer Cases to Out of State Personal Injury Lawyers?
- I want you to pay you a referral fee for referring me a Florida accident case!
- See Our Settlements
I’ll Sue Anywhere in Florida
We’re willing to sue anywhere in Florida if the case warrants it. We have filed lawsuits for personal injury and/or negligence in the following counties:
I currently only represent injured accident victims. Before becoming a 100% plaintiff’s personal injury attorney, I worked for an insurance defense law firm. During that time, I defended personal injury claims in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County, and the Keys. I got to see how insurance companies value cases.
We have sued in Federal court as well as Florida state courts. I’ve argued before the 3rd District Court of Appeals in Miami-Dade County, Florida.
In select cases, I’m willing to ask the court to grant a larger fee if appropriate. We have been privileged to have received numerous personal injury case referrals from other attorneys.
Referring Attorneys Are Included in Our Fee Contract
According to Rules Regulating the Florida Bar 4-1.5(f)(2), any referral fees in contingency cases must:
- Be consented to in writing by the client.
- Involve all participating lawyers or law firms signing the client contract.
- Commit all involved to joint legal responsibility for the case, as if you were our legal partners.
Here’s What You’ll Get: You’ll be directly included in our client contract—no separate, opaque co-counsel agreements. This ensures you’re not left wondering what our contract stipulates, and assures you that it aligns with the Florida Bar rules.
Why This Matters: You don’t have to worry about our fee contract possibly being void, leaving you without your expected fee.
If you choose to refer a case to us, our contract explicitly states that both parties will assume joint legal responsibility for client service. This offers both clarity and peace of mind, safeguarding your expected earnings from the referral.
Referring Attorneys Are Featured on the Closing Statement: E-Signatures Make It Effortless
The Florida Bar’s Statement of Client Rights for Contingency Fees (Paragraph 8) sets a strict standard: clients must approve a detailed closing statement before any money changes hands.
The Nitty-Gritty: This closing statement provides a full financial disclosure, itemizing everything from recovered amounts to expenses. And, for complete transparency, it outlines your referral fee.
The Game Changer: We utilize e-signatures to expedite this process, cutting down on the hassle and paperwork. It’s quick and secure, designed to save everyone involved valuable time and effort.
Why You Should Care: This safeguard ensures that your referral fee is clearly stated and approved before distribution. And with your e-signature, it’s all the easier to finalize.
The Takeaway: This not only makes the financial details transparent for the client but also streamlines the approval process for you. In short, it’s an accountability measure that protects your referral fee while making your life easier.
We’ll Copy You On Every Email, Fax and Letter Sent and Received (If You Wish)
It is very easy for us to copy you on all emails, faxes and letters that we send and receive. Most records are now eletronic. Thus, we can copy you on all documents.
At the end of the claim, we are happy to share the electronic file with you. We won’t tell you that you can’t see it.
It’s a terrible feeling to ask your co-counsel for a copy of the file and they won’t give it to you. I have no secrets.
It is my pleasure to send you a copy of the client’s electronic file.
Do We Also Pay Referral Fees to Out of State Lawyers?
Also, if I sue in the case and you appear Pro-Hac Vice (a one time appearance), I can ethically pay a referral fee. This is true even if the client does not live in the state where you’re licensed.
However, in most cases, I try to resolve the case before a lawsuit before suing. In other words, I don’t sue just so I can ethically pay an out of state lawyer a referral fee.
I follow the bar rules to a T.
Can I Pay Money to Someone Who Isn’t a Lawyer Who Refers us A Case?
No. It is against the law.
Do I Refer Cases to Out of State Personal Injury Lawyers?
As a fellow personal injury lawyer, you understand the trust required in our line of work, especially when referring a case to a colleague in another state.
Thanks to my significant presence on YouTube, my own blogs, and websites, I often receive 5 to 10 leads a week from people who are injured and live in a state other than Florida.
The volume has been so high that I’ve even had to install a greeting on my phone, letting callers know upfront that I can only represent them if their accident happened in Florida or if they reside in the state.
For instance, I regularly receive weekly inquiries from people who are injured and reside in California, Texas, New York, Texas, Georgia and many other states.
While their stories and needs are compelling, I have a firm principle: I only refer cases to lawyers I know and trust as I would with my own family.
Why this strict approach? Because my practice is built on relationships and ethical considerations.
However, I decline them, meaning I don’t refer them out.
It’s not for lack of compassion but rather a lack of deep connections with lawyers in those areas. My referrals are reserved for those I trust implicitly.
However, I am actively looking to expand my network with ethical personal injury lawyers who practice outside of Florida. If you meet one or both of the following criteria, I’d like to hear from you:
- Have a significant social media or internet presence: If your online presence is strong, you’re likely to receive inquiries from individuals injured in Florida who may not reside in your home state. Since you can’t legally represent them, I’m looking to foster a relationship.
- Work for a high-volume law firm: You’re also likely getting leads for people who are injured in Florida, or who live in Florida.
Additionally, I insist on only referring to personal injury lawyers who have a professional liability insurance policy.
I pride myself on doing everything “by the book.” If these principles resonate with you, and you believe that we could foster a relationship, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
I want you to pay you a referral fee for referring me a Florida accident case!
Our Miami law firm represents people injured anywhere in Florida in car accidents, truck accidents, slip, trip and falls, motorcycle accidents, bike accidents, drunk driving crashes, pedestrian accidents, cruise ship or boat accidents and many other types of accidents.
We want to co-counsel a case if your client or potential client was injured in an accident in Florida, on a cruise. If your client lives in Florida but was injured in the state where you are licensed to practice, we also may be able to co-counsel the case with you.
See Our Settlements
Check out some of the many Florida personal injury cases that we have settled, including but not limited to car accidents, truck accidents, slip or trip and falls, motorcycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, drunk driving accidents, cruise ship accidents and much more.
Call Us Now!
Call us now at (305) 661-9977 to find out if we can co-counsel a case with you.