Members of the Florida Bar, as well as Probate Stars, are required to comply with Rule 4-7.22, regarding referrals, directories, and pooled advertising.  As a member of the Florida Bar, you are required to ensure that we comply with the applicable bar rules, and you are also required to inform the bar that you are participating in a pooled advertising program.  The Rule lists 11 items of necessary compliance.  Probate Stars fully meets every requirement for a pooled advertising site, as follows:

(d) When Lawyers May Participate with Qualifying Providers. A lawyer may participate with a qualifying provider as defined in this rule only if the qualifying provider:

(1) engages in no communication with the public and in no direct contact with prospective clients in a manner that would violate the Rules of Professional Conduct if the communication or contact were made by the lawyer;

Probate Stars engages in no direct communication with prospective clients regarding legal matters, other than the information available on the site;

(2) receives no fee or charge that is a division or sharing of fees, unless the qualifying provider is The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service or a lawyer referral service approved by The Florida Bar pursuant to chapter 8 of these rules;

Probate Stars does not engage in any fee sharing of any kind;

(3) refers, matches or otherwise connects prospective clients only to persons lawfully permitted to practice law in Florida when the services to be rendered constitute the practice of law in Florida;

Probate Stars does not connect or refer any prospective client to an attorney.  Prospective clients research lawyers on the web site, and then initiate activity directly with the lawyers displayed on the site.  In any event, Probate Stars only displays lawyers admitted to the Florida bar on pages with a Florida topic.

(4) does not directly or indirectly require the lawyer to refer, match or otherwise connect prospective clients to any other person or entity for other services or does not place any economic pressure or incentive on the lawyer to make such referrals, matches or other connections;

Probate Stars does none of the activities listed;

(5) provides The Florida Bar, on no less than an annual basis, with the names and Florida bar membership numbers of all lawyers participating in the service unless the qualifying provider is The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service or a lawyer referral service approved by The Florida Bar pursuant to chapter 8 of these rules;

Probate Stars will comply with the requirement on an annual basis;

(6) provides the participating lawyer with documentation that the qualifying provider is in compliance with this rule unless the qualifying provider is The Florida Bar Lawyer
Referral Service or a lawyer referral service approved by The Florida Bar pursuant to chapter 8 of these rules;

This web page is your documentation of compliance; 

(7) responds in writing, within 15 days, to any official inquiry by bar counsel when bar counsel is seeking information described in this subdivision or conducting an investigation into the conduct of the qualifying provider or a lawyer who participates with the qualifying provider;

Probate Stars fully intends to cooperate with any inquiry made by the Florida bar;

(8) neither represents nor implies to the public that the qualifying provider is endorsed or approved by The Florida Bar, unless the qualifying provider is The Florida Bar Lawyer Referral Service or a lawyer referral service approved by The Florida Bar pursuant to chapter 8 of these rules;

Nothing on the probatestars.com website indicates that the site is in any way approved or endorsed by the Florida Bar;

(9) uses its actual legal name or a registered fictitious name in all communications with the public;

Probate Stars uses its corporate name, Law Marketing Solutions, LLC, on all communications with the public;

(10) affirmatively discloses to the prospective client at the time a referral, match or other connection is made of the location of a bona fide office by city, town or county of the lawyer to whom the referral, match or other connection is being made; and

The members of Probate Stars are required to display a physical address in their attorney profile;

(11) does not use a name or engage in any communication with the public that could lead prospective clients to reasonably conclude that the qualifying provider is a law firm or directly provides legal services to the public

The probatestars.com site includes in its Legal section, a full explanation that the site does not provide legal services to the public.