What is the Link to Lawyer feature? How does it work?

Texas Bar Books Staff

Sharing resources with your support staff has never been easier!  Because Texas Bar Practice licenses cover one attorney and up to three support staff members, we have developed a feature that allows you to share materials without sharing your login information. Link to Lawyer was developed to help lawyers connect their libraries with up to three legal assistants in an easy, secure way.   Note: The Link to Lawyer feature only works with lawyer and legal assistant accounts. If you need to change your account type, please contact us via chat, phone, email, or support ticket.   Sending a request  Step 1: Log into your texasbarpactice.com account.  Step 2: Select the “Link to Lawyer” tab in the top menu.   Step 3: In the search field, type in the name or email address of the lawyer or legal assistant you wish to connect to.   Step 4: When you find your desired user, select “Send Request.” Step 5: When you get confirmation that your request has been sent, wait for the user to accept or deny it.  Accepting a request  Step 1: Log into your texasbarpractice.com account.   Step 2: Select the “Link to Lawyer” tab in the top menu.   Step 3: On the …

What would really help my practice is to participate in a lawyer referral service. How could I do that?

Conor Jensen

The Lawyer Referral and Information Service fields 5,000-6,000 calls per month and serves 246 counties across Texas. Each call is screened to make sure LRIS is sending qualified referrals to panel members. Panel members agree to provide all LRIS referred callers an initial consultation of 30 minutes for no more than $20, a fee which the lawyer keeps. After that, if you and the client agree to work together, your standard fees apply for the services(s) you provide. On any referral from LRIS that results in a case that generates attorney fees of $500 or more, 10% of the total fees are to be remitted back to LRIS. You must be a member in good standing of the State Bar of Texas, and all members of the LRIS must also carry professional liability insurance for a minimum of $100,000. LRIS does not include the counties of Bexar, Dallas, El Paso, Harris, Jefferson, Nueces, Tarrant, and Travis, as these counties are covered by local referral programs. Find out more about LRIS here.

I have an ethics question. Is there someone I can talk to for advice?

Conor Jensen

The Chief Disciplinary Counsel’s Office maintains a toll-free Attorney Ethics Helpline from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. This service is for Texas attorneys who have questions about their ethical obligations to clients, courts, and the public under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct. The Helpline number is (800) 532-3947.