I recently had some conversations with a Legal Match representative about using their referral system. They’re looking for criminal lawyers in Raleigh, Cary, and Apex for their service.

Frankly, I was unimpressed.  First, Legal Match’s founder was indicted and pleaded guilty and eventually served a probationary sentence for accessing a competitor’s voicemails and, apparently, deleting some of them.

Ok, that’s bad, but the founder is no longer involved with Legal Match. So why my concerns?

But I really found the caginess of the salesperson I spoke to to be really disconcerting.  I attempted throughout the conversation to get some information about exactly how many referrals LegalMatch makes in the Research Triangle area, and how much a lawyer is supposed to “invest” in the service.  Incidentally, the payments to LegalMatch are structured as “investments” because lawyers are not permitted to pay for referrals.

I couldn’t get any clear answers.  Instead, there was a lot of talk about the “process” and about the “selection process,” which was all the sort of salesman talk about how “selective” LegalMatch is.

Frankly, if a company is unwilling to explain in clear language how it works, I don’t really want to be involved.  My reputation is important to me, and I’d be happy to not get referrals from a company that can’t be forthright about how it intends to get those referrals for me.

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Damon Chetson is a Board Certified Specialist in State and Federal Criminal Law. He represents people charged with serious and minor offenses in Raleigh, Wake County, and the Eastern District of North Carolina. Call (919) 352-9411.

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