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How Do Lawyer Referrals Work in Kentucky Criminal Cases?

Kentucky law forbids referral fees to be paid for any cases.   Kentucky law and rules of Ethics more directly prohibit splitting fees between an attorney and a non-attorney.   This law does not apply to the bar association that receives referral fees from attorneys.  The law does allow for fee sharing if both attorneys involved are signed on for representation.  In most cases, lawyers refer cases to and from one another by their specialty or area of practice. Kentucky law does not allow attorneys to advertise as a "specialist." That said, nearly all attorneys handle a lot more of certain types of cases and limit or do not accept other types of cases. For example, as you may guess I handle quite a lot of criminal and DUI cases.  I also handle a number of family court or divorce cases.  I do not handle bankruptcy cases.  As such, I will refer bankruptcy cases to attorneys who handle those and, in return, the bankruptcy attorney may refer their criminal cases to me.  More often than not, attorneys simply refer to the attorney who they believe will provide the best representation for the referral client. Referring attorneys may also receive thank yous from the accepting attorney.  It is always a badge of honor that an attorney refers a case and believes that I am the best to handle their client's needs. If you have the need for a DUI or criminal lawyer, contact Michael Bouldin.  If you are an attorney looking to refer a case in Northern Kentucky, contact me directly to discuss your client's needs.  My office number is 859-581-6453 or email at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com .

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