Ozark, MO asked in Contracts and Business Law for New Jersey

Q: I'm not a lawyer I want to do a contract with an licensed New Jersey attorney to provide services to other, is it legal

Own a LLC in New Jersey that provides legal services, I am not an attorney so I want to contract out to a licenses New Jersey Attorney, but I am trying to figure if that is legal in this state.

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W. J. Winterstein Jr.
W. J. Winterstein Jr.

A: A noted US entrepreneur once said that the secret to getting rich is to "find a need and fill it".

All lawyers want and seek more business, so you've found a need.

Fill it? In every bankruptcy case, the attorney for the debtor must sign and file a statement that he has not, and will not share any part of his fee for the case.

It seems you hope to take a scrape off what are sometimes lucrative lawyers fees. But that's been tried, many times, in many jurisdictions, and they all have rules about that. In some disciplines of law, payment of a "referral fee" is done, quietly, but not by me or in the disciplines in which I practice. PA seems reluctant to approve the practice, and my sense is that NJ is even tougher.

Your best path is to speak candidly with an experienced attorney licensed to practice in the jurisdictions you hope to plumb for "business".

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Leonard R. Boyer
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  • Clifton, NJ
  • Licensed in New Jersey

A: What you want to do is act as what is commonly known as a "runner". This is unethical and no attorney in New Jersey with any desire to keep their law license will do business with you. Might be a bit harsh for you, but that is reality.

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