Category Archives: Lawyer Referral Services

Avvo’s new parent company, Internet Brands, states it is discontinuing AVVO Legal Services effective July 2018

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the communication sent by Internet Brands, which recently acquired AVVO, sent a letter to the Deputy Counsel for the North Carolina Bar Authorized Practice Committee, advising that it is … Continue reading

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New Jersey Supreme Court declines to review ethics opinion finding that AVVO’s referral program violates Bar Rules

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent New Jersey Supreme Court Order denying a petition requesting review of the New Jersey Ethics Opinion which found that AVVO’s referral program violated that state’s Bar rules.  … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court adopts substantial revisions to Bar rules related to private lawyer referral services

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert Update which will discuss the recent (March 8, 2018) Florida Supreme Court opinion approving amendments to Florida Bar Rule 4-7.22 related to private and for profit lawyer referrals.  The amendments substantially revise … Continue reading

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Florida Supreme Court dismisses Florida Bar’s petition proposing substantial revisions to lawyer referral service rules

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert Update which will update my August 1, 2016 Ethics Alert and will discuss the recent Florida Supreme Court Order (May 3, 2017) dismissing the Bar’s petition for approval of the proposed substantial … Continue reading

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South Carolina ethics advisory opinion states that matching legal services such as those offered by AVVO are prohibited

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the recent South Carolina ethics advisory opinion which states that marketing fees to non-lawyer companies collected as part of legal fees are prohibited.  The advisory opinion is here: http://www.scbar.org/Bar-Members/Ethics-Advisory-Opinions/Opinion-View/ArticleId/2455/Ethics-Advisory-Opinion-16-06 The … Continue reading

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Florida Bar’s Board of Governors approves substantial revisions to Bar rules related to lawyer referral services

Hello everyone and welcome to this Ethics Alert Update which will discuss the Florida Bar Board of Governors’ (BOG) recent approval of proposed lawyer referral rules.  The proposed rules would substantially revise the current rules, including broadening the definition and … Continue reading

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The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors to consider proposed revisions to lawyer referral Rule 4-7.22 at its July 26, 2013 meeting

Hello and welcome to this Ethics Alert which will discuss the Florida Bar’s Board of Governors scheduled consideration of, inter alia, proposed revisions to Rule 4-7.22, The Florida Bar’s lawyer referral rule, at its July 26, 2013 meeting at Amelia … Continue reading

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