Lawyers throughout Michigan and the United States often refer their clients to our firm for accidents and injuries that occurred in Michigan. We work closely with the referring attorney to secure the best possible result for the client.
We often receive referrals from other attorneys in Michigan who do not handle car accident, medical malpractice, dog bite, or other personal injury cases. We acknowledge all referrals in writing and put our referral fee and co-counsel agreements in writing.
Attorneys looking to refer injury and accident cases to a Michigan lawyer should contact our firm to discuss their client's case.
Types of Michigan Accident Cases to Refer to Us
- Auto & car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Boating accidents
- Recreational & sports accidents
- All other accident & injury cases
Paying Referral Fees for Michigan Accident Cases
We handle all accident cases on a one-third contingency fee basis. Under Michigan law, we are required to deduct the case expenses from the total settlement amount before calculation our contingent fee. For most accident cases, we pay the referring attorney a one-third referral fee. We guarantee this fee in writing immediately upon being retained by the client for representation. We also confirm the referral source in our case management software.
Is the Referring Attorney Required to Work on a Michigan Case?
No. Unlike in other states, Michigan does not require that the referring lawyer work or co-counsel the case in order to receive a referral fee. The Michigan Rules of Professional Conduct 1.5 (e) only requires that the client is advised of the referral arrangement and does not object and that the total fee on the case is reasonable.
The client's written consent is required for any type of referral or co-counsel fee arrangement. We will get the client's written consent as part of our original retainer agreement. Our Contingent Fee Agreements include language that a referral fee will be paid to you and the client's signature acknowledges the payment of your referral fee.
How Attorneys Refer Their Accident Cases to Us
Referring your accident cases to us is easy. You refer us your client by doing the following:
- Call (800) 606-1717 to speak with one attorneys first to discuss the case to see if we are interested in the referral.
- E-mail Lawrence J. Buckfire at [email protected] to provide information about the case
- Have your client call us directly and mention that an attorney referred the case to our firm
Best Michigan Accident Lawyers
Our legal team includes the most successful personal injury & accident attorneys in Michigan. Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. and our lawyers have won the top awards in the legal profession, including:
- U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms
- "Best Michigan Personal Injury Attorney" by American Lawyer Academy
- Named Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Michigan
- Honored as "Super Lawyers"
- Top Martindale-Hubbell Rating (AV) for Skill & Integrity
If your preference is to have your client call us directly, make sure that the client tells us that you are the referring attorney. Many clients do not remember to provide that information and you may not be properly credited with the referral. We strongly suggest that you mail or fax us a letter confirming that you are the lawyer that referred the case.