By Brandon Tate, Tate & Bowen LLP
In October of 2013, my law partner and I opened up our practice, Tate & Bowen LLP, immediately upon our graduation from law school and our entrance to the Indiana Bar. As one can imagine, there are a lot of worries that go into such a decision as a recent admittee to the bar. Obviously, one of the main concerns we had was, in no uncertain terms, “Where are we going to get clients initially?”
Having been involved in the IndyBar as law students and having taken advantage of discounted CLEs as students to enhance our practical understanding of the practice of law and the procedures in different areas of law, we were lucky to learn of the existence of IndyBar services that we have now used throughout the past five years—Indy Lawyer Finder and the Lawyer Referral Service.
We signed up for IndyBar’s Indy Lawyer Finder and the Lawyer Referral Service upon opening, and to our amazement, the phone rang on the first day open. Each of these services not only provides a benefit to attorneys as an avenue to enhance their potential client base, but they also provide an invaluable resource to the individuals around Indiana who are in need of an attorney and may not know whom to contact. The services also provide a significant benefit to those individuals and businesses searching for an attorney from outside the state of Indiana with issues in central Indiana that would not have known who to call otherwise.
For the Lawyer Referral Service, a call-in referral service, an attorney can select as many or as few practice areas as they feel comfortable in to be referred from. The trained staff at IndyBar field phone calls from individuals in need of assistance and refer them to an attorney listed in a specific practice area after listening to the issues presented by that individual.
With Indy Lawyer Finder, an online service, individuals are able to search for attorneys within specific practice areas and compare various criteria of attorneys in the practice area, like fee structures and location, while choosing and contacting the attorney themselves. Indy Lawyer Finder is the only Indianapolis locally based attorney search service.
Now, five years later, these services not only still exist to drive business for central Indiana practitioners, but they’re conveniently bundled into one product—the IndyBar’s Business Builder package. With Business Builder, you get the benefit of both Indy Lawyer Finder and the Lawyer Referral Service, the bar’s Modest Means programs and the IndyBar’s innovative networking tool—the Indy Attorneys Network—for one low monthly fee.
Business Builder represents a tremendous value for Indy practitioners looking to gain clients and build their network—all crucial tools for attorneys at any point in their careers. This exclusive suite of referral and networking programs is available for as little as $90 per month—there’s no better value out there!
Looking back on our experience with both services throughout the years, both at times when we were first building our experience and reputation as new lawyers who had just graduated law school, and where we are today having now practiced for five years, these services provide an invaluable opportunity for an attorney looking to both build and expand their potential client base with a minimal financial commitment. Learn more about Business Builder and IndyBar referral programs at indybusinessbuilder.com.•