111 N.J.L.J. 488
May 12, 1983
Group Legal Services Legal
and Medical Plan [Elk Grove, Ill.]
A profit corporation of another state is soliciting lawyers
[and Members of the medical and other professions] to enroll in a
plan whereby the availability of legal services [both free
consultations and at specific rates and fees] is circulated among
the individuals or families subscribing to the plan. Media
advertising is excluded. The participating attorney pays nothing to
join. As each enrollee of the plan is billed for services the
attorney sends $1 to the plan for "... record keeping". The
inducement to the enrollee is a "30% reduction". The lawyer is
solicited to join in order to "... add hundreds of new clients who
need your help... " while "... living up to your professional oath
of community services."
Our committee is asked: Is this plan an approved referral plan pursuant to DR 2-103? If not, is it a violation of DR 2-103 for an attorney to participate in the plan?
The fact is that the Legal Medical Plan, Inc. of 2300 East Higgins Road, Elk Grove, Illinois, is not an approved referral plan. For this purpose it must comply with DR 2-103(C), and be approved by a Bar Association, or comply with DR 2-103(D) (4); registration with and receipt of a number from the Supreme Court.