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Q: What is LawRex all about?
Q: I belong to a listserve, so why should I use LawRex?
Q: Why should I use LawRex if I already have a referral agreement with another lawyer?
Q: How does LawRex work?
Q: What types of referrals would I list on LawRex?
Q: How much does LawRex cost?
Q: Do LawRex ratings compare to martindale.com's, avvo.com or other lawyer rating systems?

Getting Started:

Q:
How can I join the LawRex network?
Q: Why should I build out my membership profile?
Q: How do I ask the potential client for permission to place his case on LawRex?
Q: Can multiple lawyers in one office or firm join LawRex?
Q: Can I sign up for more jurisdictions or practice areas?
Q: What is LawRex Karma?
Q: What is Pro Bono Karma?
Q: Is it permissible for me to participate in LawRex?

Using LawRex:

Q: When will Karma Points be available to me?
Q: Can I purchase additional Karma Points?
Q: How do I view the referrals available to me?
Q: What are my alert options?
Q: How do I express an interest in a referral?
Q: Can I ask questions about a particular referral before I express an interest in it?
Q: Can I change my mind after I express an interest in a referral?
Q: Will I be notified if another lawyer expresses a greater interest in a referral than I did?
Q: If I the successful Petitioner how will I be notified?
Q: If I am the successful Petitioner, must I follow up on the referral?
Q: How do I submit a referral to the LawRex network?
Q:How do I save a referral to post it later?
Q: How do I limit a referral to select member(s)?
Q: How do I select an attorney to receive the referral?
Q: What if I do not make a selection in the time permitted?
Q: What if I disapprove of all the Petitioners?
Q: Will my contact information be disclosed to other LawRex members?
Q: Can I receive a referral fee for referrals submitted to LawRex?
Q: Can I withdraw or modify a referral once it is submitted?
Q: How do I run a report on my activity
Q: How do I keep track of which referrals resulted in clients?
Q: When will the Contributor's contact information be disclosed to other LawRex members?
Q: Will I be given any information about the Conributor?
Q: What if no one Petitions for a referral that I submitted?
Q: How can I rate a referral that I received?
Q: Can I respond to a negative referral rating?
Q: What if I receive a referral but the Contributor refuses to give me the client contact information?
Q: What if the potential client's contact information or the details of the case are inaccurate?
Q:Do I have to award the referral to the highest Petitioner?
Q:Do I have to Petition more than the reserve amount or more than the highest Petitioner?
Q: What is Easy Email and the widget?
Q: How do I use LawRex with Facebook?
Q: What is Easy Email?
Q: Do you have an iPhone/Blackberry application?
Q: How do I post a case outside the United States or sign up as an attorney outside the United States?

Customer Support:

Q: How can I report objectionable content?
Q: Do I have to receive alerts outside of my LawRex account?
Q: What if I move or my contact information changes?
Q: Can I change my username?
Q: What if I cannot remember my username or password?
Q: Can I cancel my membership?
Q: What if I didn't find my question listed here?


Q: What is LawRex all about?
A: LawRex provides a forum for connecting lawyers for the purpose of exchanging referrals. This forum simply takes what lawyers are already doing offline – inefficiently and ineffectively via state or ABA run list-servers or personal networks – and provides a more proficient, efficient and equitable solution. LawRex uses a unique and simple point and rating system to drive the system, described more fully below.

Q: I belong to a listserve, so why should I use LawRex?
A: Listserves are simply not an efficient means for lawyers to exchange referrals with other lawyers. Most attorneys don’t participate in listserves, which means that many cases don’t find a qualified match. LawRex allows for broader searching and matching, and offers incentives for users to submit quality cases. Listserves are “noisy”, and it’s hard to judge whether a referral is high quality. On LawRex, lawyers view only the cases that apply to them, and users can gauge how trustworthy a case is based on the Contributor’s profile. Listserves don’t neatly allow lawyers to discuss referral fees and terms. On LawRex, referral fees and terms are outlined directly in the case description.

Q: Why should I use LawRex if I already have a referral agreement with another lawyer?
A: LawRex can help you manage your existing referral agreements. LawRex allows members to post referrals exclusively for a particular member or group of members. With the added function of report generation on all referrals posted and received, LawRex provides an efficient and easy way to track the referrals you are already exchanging. This can be very helpful when the holidays roll around!

Q: How does LawRex work?
A: The LawRex process can be summarized as follows:
• Lawyers sign up for particular geographic and practice areas and each lawyer is awarded FREE LawRex Karma Points upon approval of their application.
• Participating lawyers can then view referrals posted by contributing lawyers for their geographic and practice areas.
• If desired, members use their LawRex Karma Points to Petition for particular referrals.
• If a Petitioner is selected to receive the referral, the successful Petitioner is sent the contact information and pertinent information for the case.
• The Karma Points are transferred from the chosen Petitioner to the Contributor, who can then use the Karma Points to Petition for referrals listed by other lawyers.
The exchange of Karma for referrals is the energy that allows LawRex to thrive. Karma Points have no monetary value whatsoever, cannot be purchased individually and have absolutely no value outside of the LawRex system. Further, they do not guarantee that any lawyer will receive future referrals. However, they do provide incentive for attorneys to post referrals. For more information, find out How it Works.

Q: What types of referrals would I list on LawRex?
A: LawRex is ideal for legal cases where a contributing lawyer is not competent to handle the case, does not have time to handle the case, does not have the necessary licensure in a jurisdiction to take the case, has discovered a conflict of interest and cannot take the case or the lawyer decides not to accept the case for other reasons.

Additionally, if you are looking for a lawyer to assist with a case as co-counsel or a freelancer, LawRex is the perfect tool to help you find a qualified help.

Q: How much does LawRex cost?
A: Qualified attorneys can always participate in LawRex for FREE. For more information about membership levels, benefits and costs, read MEMBERSHIPS.

Q: Do LawRex ratings compare to martindale.com, avvo.com or other lawyer rating systems?
A: No, LawRex’s ratings are not comparable to Martindale.com or other lawyer rating systems. Other systems rate a lawyer’s reputation in the legal community in general. LawRex only rates the quality of referrals that are posted by participating lawyers. LawRex ratings cannot be used to judge the quality or character of individual lawyers. However, LawRex ratings can and should be used to judge the quality of referrals individual lawyers have posted in the past.

Members are free to link their profiles in outside ratings systems to their membership profile as a reference.

Getting Started


Q: How can I join the LawRex network?
A: You can join the LawRex network by submitting an application using the Join LawRex page. Complete the application in minutes.

Applications are typically reviewed within one to two business days. LawRex may contact you via phone or email for verification and may ask for further forms of identification.

Q: Why should I build out my membership profile?
A: Your membership profile allows you to add as much or as little information about your practice as you are comfortable with sharing. We encourage you to build out your profile to include information about past positions, selected notable cases, publications, law school and any other information that you believe displays your competency. Profiles become very important to the referring attorney when it comes time to select the attorney that will receive the referral. The more information you provide the referring attorney about your practice and qualifications, the more likely you are to receive a referral.

Remember that only the referring attorney to whom you Petition will see your full profile. LawRex members will not be able to search and browse the profiles of other members. However, if you do not wish for referring attorneys to discern your contact information when you Petition their referrals, you should be careful not to include anything in your profile that reveals your identity.

Q: How do I ask the potential client for permission to place his case on LawRex??
A: It is up to you to discern the best approach with each individual client. Generally, all that is necessary is to ask the potential client if he or she would like you to check your network for another attorney who might be interested in the case.

Q: Can multiple lawyers in one office or firm join LawRex??
A: Yes, multiple lawyers in one office or firm can join LawRex?. Each lawyer will be given a separate account and awarded separate Karma Points.

Q: Can I sign up for more jurisdictions or practice areas?
A: Yes, your membership level will determine the number of practice areas and jurisdictions you may select. Read about MEMBERSHIP for more details.

Please remember that you must be licensed and in good standing in all jurisdictions you select.

Q: What is LawRex Karma?
A: We all hope to increase our good karma in life, and it’s no different with LawRex. The exchange of Karma for referrals is the energy that allows the LawRex system to thrive. Karma Points have no monetary value whatsoever, cannot be purchased individually and have absolutely no value outside of the LawRex system.

Q: What is Pro Bono Karma?
A: On occasion, LawRex may seek an attorney to handle a matter on a Pro Bono basis. Instead of using your Karma Points to petition these cases, lawyers will signal that they are willing to take the matter and indicate their qualifications for doing so. The chosen petitioner will not only receive the details of the Pro Bono referral, but also Karma Points for offering his or her time to the worthy matter.

If you have a Pro Bono case that you would like LawRex to feature, please Contact us.

Q: Is it permissible for me to participate in LawRex?
A: Because the laws vary from state to state, LawRex expresses no opinion on whether it is permissible for individual attorneys to participate in LawRex. LawRex has not sought to qualify as a not-for-profit entity and it is not registered as a lawyer referral service with any state or political subdivision. It is imperative that participating lawyers review the ethics rules and regulations of their particular licensure states to ensure that they may participate in LawRex.

Using LawRex:


Q: When will Karma Points be available to me?
A: As soon as you complete the application and you are affirmed, you will be awarded your FREE LawRex Karma Points. Your Karma Points will carry over to subsequent months in accordance with the details outlined about our MEMBERSHIPS.

Karma Points other users exchange for your referrals will be available to you as soon as the exchange is completed. Advanced membership Karma Points will be available on a cycle corresponding to your billing cycle.

Q: Can I purchase additional Karma Points?
A: The best ways to obtain additional Karma Points is to submit quality referrals, do pro bono work or sign up for an advanced membership package. LawRex may offer promotions that allow members to earn Karma Points in other ways. Be on the look out!

Individual Karma Points, however, cannot be purchased from LawRex as they do not have monetary value.

Q: How do I view the referrals available to me?
A: Once you login to your LawRex account, simply click on the 'Live Referrals' link on the main navigation menu. This will pull up the current referrals that match your practice area(s) in the jurisdiction(s) you selected. You can click on individual referrals to read further details about the referral and to express your interest in the referral. You may also choose to receive alerts about referrals available to you.

Q: What are my alert options?
A: All alerts are sent to your LawRex account. LawRex also provides you a variety of ways to receive alerts without logging into LawRex. Alerts are available via email, text message, social networking widgets or mobile phone applications. Sign up for as many or as few as you like.

Q: How do I express an interest in a referral?
A: Once you login to LawRex using your username and password, click on the 'Live Referrals' link on the main navigation menu. This will pull up all the referrals for your jurisdiction(s) and practice area(s). Click on the title of a referral to view its details. If you are interested in the referral, enter the maximum number of Karma Points you would like to offer for the referral and click 'submit.' The system will automatically add the minimum number of Karma Points necessary to identify you as the most interested member until you maximum number is reached. If another member shows more interest than you, you will be alerted and you may increase your interest level. If chosen, you will gain access to the specific contact information for the referral when the specified time expires.

Q: Can I ask questions about a particular referral before I express an interest in it?
A: Yes, LawRex has a built in messaging system so you can ask the referring member questions about a referral posted. The referring lawyer may or may not respond to your question. If the lawyer doesn’t respond, you may or may not choose to proceed. You can access this messaging system by viewing the referral and selecting the "ask referrer a question" icon.

Q: Can I change my mind after I express an interest in a referral?
A: No, once you Petition a referral, you cannot 'remove' your interest level. There is a chance that another member may submit a higher number of Karma Points in interest, the referrer may cancel the referral before the referral time expires or the referring lawyer may select another Petitioner.

Q: Will I be notified if another lawyer expresses a greater interest in a referral than I did?
A: Yes. If another member expresses a greater interest in a referral you will receive an alert. You may increase the level of interest you have in the referral if you so choose. To increase your interest in a referral, visit the referral detail page for the particular referral and submit a higher number of Karma Points.

Q: If I the successful Petitioner how will I be notified?
A: LawRex will send you an alert informing you that you have been selected to receive the referral. Simply login to LawRex, and you will find a link on the 'My LawRex' area giving you full access to the Contributor's information and further details about the referral. You can then contact the Contributor (or the Contributor's assistant) to gather any additional case details or, if the Contributing lawyer specified, you may view the other case details on the LawRex website.

As a member, you should make sure that your email provider or email software is not blocking LawRex email messages from reaching your inbox.

Q: If I am the successful Petitioner, must I follow up on the referral?
A: Yes. If you receive a referral you must attempt to follow up on the referral or contact the referring attorney to let him or her know that you are not interested in the referral. This does not mean that you have to accept the case. It simply means that you must try and contact the Contributor. If you contact the Contributor and opt to not undertake legal representation, you may re-enter the referral into the LawRex network in an effort to recoup some of the Karma Points you expended on the referral.

Q: How do I submit a referral to the LawRex network?
A: Once you are logged into the LawRex system, click on the 'Post a Referral' button on the main navigation menu. Simply fill out the referral information form and confirm. The general details of the referral will then be available to other members for viewing.

Q: How do I save a referral to post it later?
A: Once you are logged into the LawRex system, click on the 'Post a Referral' button on the main navigation menu. Simply fill out as much of the referral information as you have available and click save. The referral will be saved and accessible from your My LawRex page for editing and posting later.

Q: How do I limit a referral to select member(s)?
A: When posting a referral you may choose to “close” the referral. In doing so, you may limit the referral to a particular member or members by member name, schools or associations.

Q: How do I select an attorney to receive the referral?
A: Upon expiration of the referral the Contributor will be given access to the full profiles of the top Petitioners. Choosing a winning Petitioner is as simple as clicking on the link next to that Petitioners name.

Q: What if I do not make a selection in the time permitted?
A: If you do not select a Petitioner in the time permitted, the referral will automatically go to the Petitioner that offered the most Karma Points for the referral. We encourage all Contributors to review the profiles of the Petitioners and select the attorney they feel best suits the client.

Q: What if I disapprove of all the Petitioners?
A: If you are not comfortable with any of the members interested in your referral you may refuse to award the referral to any of them. If you choose to re-post the referral, we suggest you place additional details in the description regarding the skills you would like to see in Petitioning attorneys.

Q: Will my contact information be disclosed to other LawRex members?
A: Generally, there are only two situations where other members will see your contact information. The chosen Petitioner will see your complete information and the Contributors will see the full profiles of the most interested Petitioners (which may or may not contain your contact information). There are a limited number of other instances, which are outlined in these FAQs and in the Privacy Policy (such as when members submit and place referrals over the LawRex network which require payment of referral fees), when your contact information may be disclosed.

Members are prohibited from contacting each other regarding LawRex referrals with the intent of exchanging the referral outside of the LawRex system. Any member who does so is violating the subscription agreement and LawRex terms of use, and LawRex may suspend or revoke that lawyer's membership.

Q: Can I receive a referral fee for referrals submitted to LawRex?
A: Yes. LawRex provides a tool for listing referral fee requirements, which becomes a part of the information viewable in the case Brief. This information can be entered along with the rest of the referral information in the "post a referral" area of the website.

When submitting a referral that requires a referral fee, the Contributor must enter the referral fee terms or contract in the appropriate box. LawRex encourages members to avoid using their personal or firm name in these agreements. Instead, LawRex recommends that members use their LawRex usernames to identify each party. By using the LawRex network, users consent that using LawRex usernames is definite and sufficient to identify the parties for purposes of contract formation. Members should use their own judgment in this regard, as LawRex is not responsible for any disputes arising out of or associated with this issue. LawRex is not a party to any referral fee transaction and is not responsible if participating members fail to pay the referral fee or fail to comply with any related terms. LawRex may disclose the identities of the Contributor and the successful Petitioner to the other upon request of either party.

You should be aware that not all jurisdictions allow referral fees and not all lawyers are willing to pay them. You are responsible for knowing the rules in your jurisdiction. Requiring a referral fee may decrease the interest in a referral.

Q: Can I withdraw or modify a referral once it is submitted?
A: You can withdraw a referral at anytime. To do this, login and go to the 'My LawRex' page. You can see all the active referrals you have submitted under 'My Active Referrals'. Simply click on the 'cancel' button next to the referral you wish to withdraw. You cannot, however, modify a referral. This is because modifying a referral might change a Petitioner’s level of interest. Instead, you would need to withdrawal that referral and resubmit it with the new information and terms.

Q: How do I run a report on my activity?
Reports you user activity can be accessed once you are logged into your account under the Reports link in the navigation bar.

Q: How do I keep track of which referrals resulted in clients?
Each referral you acquire allows you the ability to mark its status as "successful" or "failed". You can then run reports periodically to see how well LawRex is working for you.

Q: When will the Contributor's contact information be disclosed to other LawRex members?
A: Only the selected Petitioner will have access the Contributor's contact information. Petitioners are responsible for following up with the Contributors about cases they receive.

Q: Will I be given any information about the Contributor?
A: You can view the Contributor's feedback score as well as feedback comments to make a decision regarding the credibility of the referral. You can also ask the Contributor a question about the referral using the LawRex messaging system. Contacting the Contributor outside of the LawRex system about pending referrals is prohibited. Users should view the LawRex Privacy Policy and these FAQs for further information and exceptions.

Q: What if no one Petitions for a referral that I submitted?
A: After the 'end date' for the referral you have posted is reached, if your minimum Karma Point requirement was not met or if no member Petitions for the referral, the referral simply becomes inactive and you will receive a message on your "My LawRex" page which indicates that the referral expired. You can resubmit the referral if you choose.

If no one Petitions for your referral and you choose to repost it, you should consider going over the details to assure that it as complete as possible. Further, you may consider altering they type of attorney for whom you are searching as circumstances change. For instance, if you originally were searching for co-counsel and now believe you (and the client) would be amenable to referring the case without being involved, you may decide to change this stipulation.

Q: How can I rate a referral that I received?
A: If you are a successful Petitioner, you will receive a message on the My LawRex page informing you of your success with a link to the specific details of that referral. At the bottom of the referral Brief you will find a link allowing you to leave feedback regarding the referral. Simply click this link and leave your feedback.

Q: Can I respond to a negative referral rating?
A: Yes, you can respond to negative feedback ratings. Responses are limited to a sentence or two. Simply click the 'Update My Profile' link on the navigation. On the 'update my profile' page, click the 'view my feedback' link. This will list all the feedback related to your account. You can respond to any feedback by clicking the 'respond' button next to the selected feedback.

Q: What if I receive a referral but the Contributor refuses to give me the client contact information?
A: If you receive a referral using LawRex and the Contributor refuses to give you the client contact information, you should report the Contributor to LawRex by: (1) providing a negative referral rating for the referral; and (2) sending LawRex an email notifying LawRex of the Contributor's conduct. LawRex may or may not investigate the matter. Repeated complaints against any one lawyer may result in the lawyer's LawRex account being terminated. In particularly extreme cases, LawRex may, but in no event shall LawRex be required to and LawRex attorneys should not expect LawRex to, adjust LawRex Karma Points between participating lawyers.

Participating lawyers must understand that not all referrals received using LawRex will translate into viable cases. Referrals should be seen as potential case opportunities; not guaranteed. We all take a risk in every transaction that we enter into. As such, lost Karma Points are just that: lost.

Q: What if the potential client's contact information or the details of the case are inaccurate?
A: If you receive inaccurate information you should first message the Contributor via the LawRex messaging system to obtain the correct information. If the Contributor does not have this information, the Contributor should not have posted the referral and you can then give the referring member the appropriate feedback score for the referral (most likely negative). You can also contact LawRex if you feel it is necessary; however, LawRex does not guarantee that any particular referral has merit and LawRex will not restore Karma Points to any member.

Repeated complaints or negative feedback may result in LawRex prohibiting a member from submitting future referrals or terminating the member's account. You should leave the member negative feedback to let other LawRex members know that this particular member contributes low-quality referrals, and help other members avoid experiencing a similar situation.

Q: Do I have to award the referral to the highest Petitioner?
A: No. You may select a petitioner based on any qualification you choose.

Q: Do I have to Petition more than the reserve amount or more than the highest Petitioner?
A: No, however, if you choose to petition less than the reserve amount or the highest petitioner you will likely negatively effect your chances of obtaining the referral.

Q: What is Easy Email and the widget?
A: The Easy Email Invite Tool allows a member to send a potential client an email one of two ways: 1. The member can give the client a LawRex.com email address where when emailed an email is automatically generated back to the potential client; or 2. the member can send an email to the client directly. The email sent, Easy Email, is formatted and coded in such a way that it mimics LawRex's "post a referral" function. The potential client fills out the form and sends it back to the member. The member reviews the email and may choose to keep the client, discard the lead, or post to LawRex. If the member chooses to post to LawRex, the member is asked to review the information again and make any necessary revisions, adjustments or additions to the information and ensure that any private information is not found in the published portion of the posting. The member will also be asked to indicate the minimum required points, length of auction etc. Upon review, the member may post directly to LawRex.
The LawRex Website Widget provides the same functionality as Easy Email except it is a button that can be placed on the member's website which leads the client into the process same process.

Q: How do I use LawRex with Facebook?
A: Coming soon….

Q: Do you have an iPhone/Blackberry application?
A: Coming soon…

Q: How do I post a case outside the United States or sign up as an attorney outside the United States?
A: Coming soon...

Customer Support:


Q: How can I report objectionable content?
A: Please contact LawRex through the 'contact' button on the footer navigation menu. Enter the title of the referral, the member's name, and a short description of the objectionable content. Please be as detailed as possible. LawRex will respond to objectionable content and other complaints as soon as practicable.

Q: Do I have to receive alerts outside of my LawRex account?
A: No, you can change this preference within the 'update my profile' area on the main navigation. LawRex offers alerts as a convenience. If you opt not to receive alerts from LawRex, you must periodically review the LawRex website to participate in the network.

Q: What if I move or my contact information changes?
A: You can update your information by logging into the LawRex website and going to the "update my profile" area from the LawRex main navigation menu. There you can change your contact information, as well as any billing information.

Q: Can I change my username?
A: No, once you select your assigned username you may not change it. This is to prevent members with a negative feedback rating from modifying their username to avoid detection. Users are encouraged to select usernames that will not tip off other users as to their identities.

Q: Forgot Your Login?
A: If you cannot remember your password, simply click on the 'Forgot Your Login?' link in the login box located on the LawRex Homepage. This will allow you to request that LawRex email a new password or your username to the email address you used during the sign-up process. Once you login to LawRex using the new password, you may update your password in the 'update profile' area. If you no longer have access to the email address used during sign-up, please Contact LawRex.

Q: Can I cancel my membership?
A: Yes, you can cancel your membership at any time. Just send us an email and we will take care of that for you.

Q: What if I didn't find my question listed here?
A: Please contact us and we will do our best to answer any questions you may have.
 

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