Internet services that match lawyers with potential clients have found a new admirer: the Federal Trade Commission. There has been much debate among state bars as to whether the services violate ethical rules and bans on nonlawyer referrals for legal help, but the FTC has concluded that the services are "likely to make it less expensive for consumers to evaluate providers." Anna Ostrovsky of referral service LegalMatch calls the FTC's stance a "powerful endorsement of the industry."
FTC Signs Off on Internet Legal Referrals
The National Law Journal
June 20, 2006
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