Bar Rules

Lawyer Referral Service Guidelines

Under Georgia Rule of Professional Conduct 7.3(c), a lawyer shall not compensate or give anything of value to a person or organization to recommend or secure the lawyer's employment by a client, or as a reward for having made a recommendation resulting in the lawyer's employment by a client; except that the lawyer may pay for public communications permitted by Rule 7.1, and except as follows:

  1. A lawyer may pay the usual and reasonable fees or dues charged by a bona fide lawyer referral service.

    Filing Requirements: To be considered for bona fide lawyer referral status under Bar Rule 7.3(c)(1), an organization must provide specific information. Read more.

    List of Bona Fide Lawyer Referral Services: Organizations that have complied with the filing requirements of Bar Rule 7.3(c)(1). Read more.

    Bona Fide Lawyer Referral Service: Explanation of status. Read more.

  2. A lawyer may pay the usual and reasonable fees or dues charged by a bar-operated non-profit lawyer referral service.

    Filing Requirements: To be considered for bona fide lawyer referral status under Bar Rule 7.3(c)(2), an organization must provide specific information. Read more.

    List of Bar-Operated Non-Profit Lawyer Referral Services: Only the Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the Atlanta Bar Association has complied with the filing requirements of Bar Rule 7.3(c)(2).

                  Atlanta Bar Association
                  Lawyer Referral and Information Service
                  400 International Tower
                  229 Peachtree St.
                  Atlanta, GA 30303-1600
                  Carla Brown
                  404-521-0781
                  Recognition expires on Dec. 31, 2014

    The State Bar of Georgia has not evaluated the services provided by the Lawyer Referral and Information Service of the Atlanta Bar Association (hereinafter "referral service"), and does not endorse, certify or otherwise approve those services. Additionally, the State Bar of Georgia has not evaluated lawyers who participate in the referral service, and does not endorse the competence, integrity or professionalism of participating lawyers or warrant the services provided by the lawyers. Aside from determining whether the organization has complied with the filing requirements of Bar Rule 7.3(c)(2), the State Bar of Georgia has not evaluated whether the referral service conforms to the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct and, as such, it makes no determination regarding whether the service complies with the Rules. A lawyer who accepts referrals from this referral service must act reasonably to assure that the activities of the service are compatible with the lawyer's professional obligations as described in the Georgia Rules of Professional Conduct.

  3. A lawyer may pay the usual and reasonable fees to a qualified legal services plan or insurer providing legal services insurance.

  4. A lawyer may pay the usual and reasonable fees charged by a lay public relations or marketing organization.

  5. A lawyer may pay for a law practice in accordance with Rule 1.17: Sale of Law Practice.

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