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LAWYER REFERRAL SERVICE
General Application and Agreement


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1. Vital Information | 2. Practice Information | 3. Qualification Standards | >> 4. Terms and Conditions

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Section 4. TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I hereby certify and agree to the following:

1. I am a member in good standing of the State Bar of California, and I regularly practice and maintain a full-time office for such practice in the County of Los Angeles or in the County of San Bernardino.

2. I have read this Application (including the Qualification Standards) and the LRS Rules of Operation, which are incorporated by reference. I agree to be bound by said Application, Qualification Standards, and Rules, and to abide by those in effect, or as may be amended from time to time. I have read and am familiar with the State Bar Rules of Professional Conduct.

3. The LRS Advisory Committee may report to the State Bar of California any violation of LRS Rules, or any possible violation of the State Bar Act or the Rules of Professional Conduct, about which it has knowledge.

4. For each referral, I shall personally conduct the initial one-half hour consultation without charge. For services rendered beyond the initial one-half hour consultation, I shall establish in advance the fees to be paid.

5. I am qualified to handle matters in the subject matter panels and subpanels I have selected, and, if I am referred a matter for which I do not have sufficient expertise, I will immediately call the LRS and refer the matter back to the LRS. I shall not refer any portion of any LRS-referred matter to another attorney or organization or referral service, except in accordance with LRS Rules.

6. I shall pay to the LRS percentage fees in accordance with the established schedules. These fees are based on the total attorneys fees that arise out of the subject matter of the original referral or out of any matter raised at the initial consultation. "Total attorneys fees" are fees received by the member, partners, or associates, or by any attorney to whom the case has been transferred, with or without LRS consent. I agree to submit to binding arbitration by the LACBA Arbitration Committee any dispute regarding fees owed to the LRS.

7. I shall not pass on, either directly or indirectly, the LRS percentage fees to any client through an increase in the rate that would ordinarily be charged for the matter, or in any other manner. On all contingent fees and court/board approved fees, i.e., state workers' compensation cases and probate cases, I agree to pay 15% of total attorneys fees AND shall include with each payment to the LRS a copy of the statement of account. On all noncontingent fees, I agree to pay 15% of total attorneys fees. On Dependency Court appointments, I agree to pay 15% of contingency fees awarded. I will pay the percentage fees due thereon within thirty (30) days of receipt of payment of any attorney fees.

8. I shall pay to the LRS an interest charge at the then maximum legal rate on any percentage fees not received by the LRS within sixty (60) days of receipt by the attorney of payment of attorney fees. Upon request, I shall provide the LRS with copies of all fee agreements.

9. I shall notify the LRS promptly in writing if anything occurs while I am a member of the LRS, which makes any statement or other information in this Application untrue or inaccurate. I shall notify the LRS in writing immediately if my professional liability insurance is terminated or decreased, or if I am disciplined concerning an allegation of professional misconduct, or if I otherwise become ineligible or unable to accept referrals.

10. Information in this Application or otherwise known to the LRS may be furnished to clients seeking referral by the LRS. Pursuant to CC ยง43.95, the LRS must disclose to the public the nature of any disciplinary action taken against an attorney accepting referrals from the LRS. I waive confidentiality for the State Bar of California to notify the LRS of the status of any disciplinary proceeding pending against me.

11. This application includes all required information and the additional documents set out under item 12 below and submitted with respect hereto. It is only an application, and my actual acceptance to and continuance of membership in the LRS is subject to the approval and discretion of the LRS and its Advisory Committee in accordance with LRS rules and practices as in effect from time to time. If I was previously a member of the LRS and am reapplying for membership, approval of this application may be subject to satisfaction of additional requirements related to my prior membership.

12. Referencing this application, I will mail, email, or fax proof of insurance for membership in the LRS.
Mail: LACBA Lawyer Referral Service, P.O. Box 55020, Los Angeles, CA 90055-2020.
Email: LRSadmin@LACBA.org
Fax: (213) 833-6719.

Fees will be calculated per the membership

LRS Fees:
1. Non LACBA members: $550
2. LACBA members: $300
3. Three free panels. Additional panels at $50 each.

*LACBA VIP Members: Your annual Lawyer Referral Service dues will be waived.

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