Probatestars is a form of joint attorney advertising and operates in full compliance with California law. Joint attorney advertising is permitted under narrow circumstances, such as when the advertising attorneys are specifically identified by name and the potential client may initiate contact with them. See Business and Professions Code, section 6155(h)(1).
Probatestars is not a lawyer referral service pursuant to section 6155 of the Business and Professions Code and is not required to be registered with the State Bar of California.
In Jackson v. LegalMatch.com (2019) 42 Cal. App. 5th 760 [255 Cal. Rptr. 3d 741] the Court explained:
Section 6155 regulates entities that refer potential clients to attorneys. In relevant part, section 6155, subdivision (a)(1) provides that “[a]n individual, partnership, corporation, association, or any other entity shall not operate for the direct or indirect purpose, in whole or in part, of referring potential clients to attorneys, and no attorney shall accept a referral of such potential clients,” unless “[t]he service is registered with the State Bar of California and … is operated in conformity with minimum standards for a lawyer referral service established by the State Bar” or “is operated in conformity with” standards set by the Supreme Court.
Subdivision (h)(1) provides that “[p]ermissible joint advertising, among other things, identifies by name the advertising attorneys or law firms whom the consumer of legal services may select and initiate contact with,” while subdivision (h)(2) states that “[c]ertifiable referral activity involves, among other things, some person or entity other than the consumer and advertising attorney or law firms which, in person, electronically, or otherwise, refers the consumer to an attorney or law firm not identified in the advertising.” (§ 6155, subd. (h).)