What is the standard referral fee percentage?

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What is the standard referral fee percentage?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:07 pm

Just trying to get a sense of what the industry standard is or what others might have gotten for referring a case?

As I know responses will vary due to different types of cases, as well as different state laws.

Assume CA and a class action (although I'd be curious about other types of cases as well).

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Re: What is the standard referral fee percentage?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 22, 2017 3:20 pm

Is it normally a percentage fee or do they get things like golf vacations, boats, $1,000 bottles of wine, ect?

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Re: What is the standard referral fee percentage?

Postby Anonymous User » Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:09 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Is it normally a percentage fee or do they get things like golf vacations, boats, $1,000 bottles of wine, ect?


In California, It's usually a percentage fee. Otherwise it's more of a gift and not actually a referral fee, which is something different. I don't know how it's done elsewhere, seeing as many states don't allow referral fees.

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Re: What is the standard referral fee percentage?

Postby Johann » Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:08 am

usually a third of a third

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Re: What is the standard referral fee percentage?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:29 pm

JohannDeMann wrote:usually a third of a third


That can't be. For a simple referral on a class action? That seems insanely high.

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Re: What is the standard referral fee percentage?

Postby kellyfrost » Thu Feb 23, 2017 12:40 pm

JohannDeMann wrote:usually a third of a third


If my math is correct, is that .111111111 ?
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Re: What is the standard referral fee percentage?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Feb 23, 2017 1:43 pm

kellyfrost wrote:
JohannDeMann wrote:usually a third of a third


If my math is correct, is that .111111111 ?


It's not quite that simple. The (first) third that the poster referenced would be the third that the attorney would get in fees. So, you'd essentially be getting a third of the fees that the attorney takes in. However, usually that number is further reduced for litigation costs and expenses (think filing fees, expert witnesses, deposition expenses, etc). So, you'd be getting a third of the attorney fees recovered, less costs and expenses. However, that number seems way to high. I've heard that it is more like 15-20% but thought that even that seemed kind of high considering you aren't really doing anything but finding a case and handing it off to someone.



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