Our experienced motor vehicle accident lawyers will handle the case from start to finish to achieve the highest possible settlement for your client. When the case settles, we will send you a referral fee check.
Awards and Accolades
Our legal team includes the most successful personal injury & auto 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
Types of Michigan Accident Cases to Refer to Us
There are close to 300,000 auto, motorcycle, and truck accidents in Michigan every year. Many of these result in serious injuries and death. Over 312,700 people died in fatal motor vehicle accidents in Michigan in 2018. Many more victims suffered incapacitating injuries that required hospitalization and prevented them from work and normal activities.
Our auto accident attorneys represent referred clients with all types pain and suffering injuries after a serious motor vehicle accident. These include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, back and neck injuries, knee injuries, shoulder injuries, scars, and all other serious injuries. In cases involving a fatal car accident in Michigan, we will file a Michigan Wrongful Death claim on behalf of the family.
Paying Referral Fees for Michigan Car Accident Cases
We handle all car, motorcycle, and truck accident referrals 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 car 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 Auto & Car Accident Cases to Us
Referring your car, truck, and motorcycle accident cases to us is easy. You refer us your client by doing the following:
- Call (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our attorneys first to discuss the case to see if we are interested in the referral.
- E-mail Lawrence J. Buckfire at email@example.com to provide information about the case.
- Have your client call us directly and mention that an attorney referred the case to our firm.
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.
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