A: Court Buddy is not a lawyer referral service. Rather, Court Buddy is an online-based national automated matchmaking service where clients (i.e. attorneys seeking coverage for cases, and consumers) get matched with attorneys that can handle their potential or pending case, issue, matter or hearing by answering questions, and then soliciting attorney matches and attorney responses.
The following are a few differences between Court Buddy’s online-based matchmaking service and a lawyer referral service:
-Court Buddy does not receive any fees out of money clients pay to their attorneys (lawyer referral services typically receive referral fees from an attorney in exchange for the attorney being referred cases from the lawyer referral service);
-Court Buddy is a private corporation and is not run or operated by a local or state bar association (lawyer referral services are typically operated by bar associations);
-Court Buddy clients get blindly matched with any number of attorneys in good standing according to the client's personal preferences and then chooses their attorneys from these matches (lawyer referral services typically pick a particular attorney for a client from a rotational, “next in line” list);
-once matched, clients can review attorney profiles and bios for more information about their chosen attorneys (lawyer referral services only give the attorney's name and contact information to a member of the public);
-Court Buddy does not require attorneys to carry malpractice insurance. (lawyer referral services require participating attorneys to carry malpractice insurance of at least $100,000 in coverage);
-Court Buddy's matchmaking system does not provide attorneys with a client’s information until after the client has chosen the attorneys in which they have been matched and wants to work with the attorney (lawyer referral services typically provide a potential client’s name and contact information to the attorney before the potential client chooses to work with the attorney);
-Court Buddy is an automated matchmaking service that does not use staff to direct the general public to a particular attorney and does not accept calls from the general public seeking legal help or advice (lawyer referral services accept calls from the public, determine the type of lawyer a person needs, and then refers the person to one particular lawyer on its "next in line" rotation list);
- Court Buddy does not rank, rate, or recommend any attorneys to clients (lawyer referral services refer potential clients to one particular lawyer on its "next in line" rotation list).