A: Court Buddy is not a lawyer referral service. Rather, Court Buddy is an online-based national automated matchmaking service where its non-attorney users (i.e. members of the general public) 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 non-attorney users pays 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 not run or operated by a local or state bar association (lawyer referral services are typically operated by bar associations);
-Court Buddy non-attorney users get blindly matched with any number of attorneys in good standing according to the non-attorney user'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, non-attorney users receive detailed 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 charge non-attorney users an administrative fee (lawyer referral services usually charge potential clients an administrative fee for being directed to a particular attorney on its "next in line" rotation list);
-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 does not provide attorneys with a non-attorney user’s information until after the non-attorney user 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 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 non-attorney users (lawyer referral services refer potential clients to one particular lawyer on its "next in line" rotation list).