Recent complaints about unregistered lawyer referral services have Florida Bar investigators concerned that attorneys are unfamiliar with the Bar’s “qualifying provider” rule.

Under Florida Bar Rule 4-7.22, attorneys who fail to confirm a qualifying provider’s status with the Bar, or perform other due diligence, could be held responsible for its false or misleading claims, warns Deputy General Counsel Rick Courtemanche.

The concern was raised after a South Florida attorney filed complaints against several competitors who were participating with an unregistered referral service, Courtemanche said.