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Network of Independent Attorneys

How it works

What is TTC Business Solutions’ Network of Independent Attorneys?

TTC Business Solutions provides a range of self-help legal forms as well as fixed-fee, limited-scope legal services determined by TTC and fulfilled by independent attorneys through our network of independent attorneys. For the services provided through the network of independent attorneys, TTC defines the services and prices and independent attorneys choose which services they would like to offer. Customers purchase legal services, choose the attorney they want to work with, and pay the full price for the service up front. The chosen attorney then completes the service for the client and is paid the full legal fee. As a separate transaction, the chosen attorney pays a per-service marketing fee for the completed, paid service. Attorney participation is governed by the Terms of Service.

What types of services can I offer?

You can choose to offer services like a 15- or 30-minute advice session or legal document review. There are also start-to-finish services such as trademark office action responses, enforcement packages, or defense and other litigation services. As part of the signup process, you choose which services you want to offer from the full menu of available services.

Do I have to offer all of the services in my practice area?

No. You may choose to offer all, a few, or just 1 of the services—it’s completely up to you. You can change your selections at any time if a service isn’t benefiting your practice.

Will clients be local to my area or within my ability to provide services?

Yes. TTC Business Solutions is only marketed to potential clients who are looking for legal help in your geographical area and/or for those who need help with agencies wherein you are authorized to practice.

How do advice sessions work?

You can offer 15-minute advice sessions, 30-minute advice sessions, or both.

  1. Choose your services. Once you sign up, choose which advice sessions you want to offer. 15-minute and 30-minute advice sessions are currently available in practice areas such as business, trademark clearance, trademark prosecution, copyright clearance, copyright prosecution, trademark and copyright enforcement and defense.
  2. A client buys a service. The client selects the advice session that fits their needs and pays the full price up front. Potential clients can either choose a specific attorney they want to talk to or choose to speak to the next available attorney.
  3. Call your new client. If the client has chosen you, specifically, you will receive their contact information and you have 1 business day to call your new client. You then call your client within the required time frame to answer their questions and give them legal advice for their situation.
  4. You get paid. You’re paid the full legal fee into your deposits account. The payment is $39 for a 15-minute advice session or $69 for a 30-minute advice session.
  5. You pay a marketing fee. As a separate transaction, we withdraw the per-service marketing fee from your withdrawals account. The fee is $10 for a 15-minute advice session or $25 for a 30-minute advice session.

How do document review services work?

  1. Choose your services. Once you sign up, choose which document review services you want to offer. Examples include a non-disclosure agreement, employment agreement, and power of attorney (individual).
  2. A client buys a service. The client selects the service that fits their needs, pays the full price up front, and chooses you as the attorney they want to work with.
  3. Review the document. We send you the client’s information and their legal document. Review their document and note any errors, changes they should make, follow up questions you have for the client, or concerns they should think about. You do not edit the document.
  4. Call your new client within 1 business day. You have 1 business day to call your new client for a 30-minute discussion of their document. Answer their questions, suggest changes or things they should consider, and give them legal advice for their situation. If the client is not the right fit, you can decline the service by emailing services@ttcbusinesssolutions.com. We will take care of the client and you are free from obligation.
  5. You get paid. You’re paid the full legal fee into your deposits account. The payment is $149 – $595, depending on the service.
  6. You pay a marketing fee. As a separate transaction, we withdraw a per-service marketing fee from your withdrawals account. Fees are $40 – $150, depending on the service.

How do start-to-finish services work?

Services that require longer engagements with clients work like this:

  1. Choose your services. Once you sign up, choose which services you want to offer. Examples include: start an LLC, respond to a refusal before a federal agency, respond to a domain name dispute.
  2. A client buys a service. The client selects the service that fits their needs, pays the full price up front, and chooses you as the attorney they want to work with.
  3. Make your introductory call within 1 business day. You have 1 business day to call your new client for an introductory call. Use the call to confirm the client is the right fit for the service and for your practice. If so, continue working with your new client as you would any other paying client. If the client is not the right fit, you can decline the service by emailing services@ttcbusinesssolutions.com. We will take care of the client and you are free from obligation.
  4. You get paid. If you and the client decide to continue working together after the introductory call, you’ll be paid the full legal fee for the service into your deposits account. Prices for these services vary from $499 up to $1599 and more.
  5. You pay a marketing fee. As a separate transaction, we withdraw a per-service marketing fee from your withdrawals account. Fees are $99 and up, depending on the service.

How are attorneys displayed to customers of TTC Business Solutions?

After selecting the service they need, potential clients provide their location and then see a list of attorneys in their area or, for federal work, a list of attorneys who are qualified to offer such services. Attorneys are displayed randomly and the list is reshuffled at regular intervals.

How do I check for conflict of interest?

When a client buys a service, you will receive their full name along with their contact information. You should also begin any call with a new client with the standard questions you normally use to check for conflict of interest.

Can I ask clients to sign my representation agreement?

Yes, and we encourage it. Most attorneys use their existing representation agreement template, updated to reflect what’s included and excluded in each TTC service. Make sure your agreement aligns with the TTC’s Terms of Service.

What if the client needs more help, beyond the scope of the service?

Scope is obviously very important for these services, which is why we suggest you have clients sign your representation before moving forward with any start-to-finish services. Your agreement hopefully states what will happen in the event the work goes out of scope—we leave the details up to each attorney; just make sure your arrangement doesn’t violate the TTC Terms of Service.

No matter how you handle additional fees—hourly rates or an additional fixed fee—you can tell the client that the work they need is beyond the purchased service. This should also be clear from the list of what’s included and excluded on the TTC service’s details page.

If they want to hire you for the extra work, you can arrange payment directly with them. If the purchased service isn’t right for them—for example, they buy an appeal of a copyright refusal but it turns out they merely needed a simply clarification —you or the client can decline the service and we will refund the client’s money.

Can I refer clients to my private practice for further work?

We encourage you to continue professional contact with clients if they require additional work beyond their purchased service and want to keep working with you. However, do not use the purchased service as a sales pitch. The client has already paid for your time and a specific legal service.

Am I eligible to sign up?

To participate, you need to practice in one or more of the following practice areas:

  • Business Formation
  • Contracts
  • Copyright Defense
  • Copyright Enforcement
  • Copyright Prosecution
  • Trademark Defense
  • Trademark Enforcement
  • Trademark Prosecution
  • Tax Planning for Small Businesses

We’re expanding to new areas quickly. Email us at services@ttcbusinesssolutions.com if you’re interested in participating but have not yet received an invitation or would like to add to our expanding list of offerings for our customers.

How do I sign up?

  1. Email us at info@TTCBusinessSolutions.com referencing the NIA. Let us know which services you are interested in providing.
  2. Provide your email address. We send you an email message when a new client is awaiting your call.
  3. Link a bank account for deposits—this is probably your client trust or IOLTA account. Once a month, we’ll deposit your client payments for all completed services into this account.
  4. Provide your tax information. Once a year, we’ll send you a 1099.
  5. Confirm your mobile number and, if necessary, verify your bank account.
  6. Choose which services you want to offer through TTC.

Is there a cost to join or monthly fee to participate?

No. There is no cost to join and no monthly subscription. You only pay a marketing fee for each completed service. If you don’t complete any services, you don’t pay anything.

Do I have to commit to a certain length of time?

No. You can opt-out of services at any time if they’re not benefiting your practice.

Can I cancel my account if I decide this isn’t for me?

Yes. You can opt out of all services at any time — just send us an email at services@ttcbusinesssolutions.com.

Setting your availability

What if I am out of the office—can I pause my services?

Yes. In addition to choosing which services you want to offer, you can also control your availability. For example, you may want to offer document review services in general, but not on a specific week because you will be out of town or your practice is too busy. To solve this, you can request that you be removed from new work for a specific time or a specific service by emailing services@ttcbusinesssolutions.com.

When you return or are ready to resume email us and you will reappear to customers within 1 business day.

What if a client buys a service with me but I’m not available?

If you are unexpectedly busy and won’t be able to call your client within the required 1 business day, you can decline the service by emailing services@ttcbusinesssolutions.com.

Ethics

Is this a lawyer referral service?

No. TTC is not referring people to a particular lawyer. Potential clients choose which attorney they would like to work with from all available, participating attorneys.

Getting paid

Is there a monthly fee to participate?

No. You only pay a marketing fee for each completed service. If you don’t complete any services, you don’t pay anything.

Does TTC charge a marketing fee?

Yes. Because TTC is creating the marketplace and advertising on your behalf, we charge a reasonable per-service marketing fee for each completed service. The amount depends on the service.

How do I get paid?

On the 5th of each month, we will transfer all client payments from your previous month’s services into the account you’ve chosen for deposits—probably your client trust or IOLTA account less our marketing fee.

Does this count as fee-splitting?

No. The per-service marketing fee has been approved by most state bar associations.

Will TTC send me a 1099 form?

Yes. When you sign up, you provide your tax information in a substitute W-9 form. Once a year, we’ll send you a 1099.

Who sets the price of each service?

TTC sets the price of each service.

Are filing fees included in the price?

Typically, yes. Initial filing fees are typically included in the service cost. TTC’s order pages clearly delineates what is, and what is not, included in each package.

Who sets the marketing fee?

TTC sets the marketing fee for each service.

Will I still get paid if a client requests a refund?

If you do not deliver the agreed upon service, you will not be paid for the service. You will not be charged a marketing fee for the incomplete service. There may be some instances in which we refund an unhappy client but you are still paid for completed work.

If you have a question about a refunded service, contact us at info@ttcbusinesssolutions.com.

More questions?

Email us at info@ttcbusinesssolutions.com or call us at (888) 892-3040.Email us