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Types of Referrals to Avoid

Just because someone recommended a client to you, you don't need to feel obligated to take on the assignment. In fact there are some instances where you don't want to take on the assignment. Keep in mind that not all of the referrals you receive will be the right fit for you.

Here are three instances where you should pass on the recommendation:

1) Time: If you don't have the time. If you're already booked solid for a block of time and you're unsure if you can give a case or a client your all then don't undertake the task. It's not smart to risk your reputation on a case that you realize you won't adequately be able to do ahead of time.

2) Subject Matter: If the assignment falls outside of your area of expertise. People often mean well when they send business your way, and there are times when they don't immediately realize that you can't do something because you're simply not qualified to do it. In instances where cases like this come your way if possible pay it forward to another lawyer.

3) Interest: If the assignment is simply something you don't want to do. Just remember that you don't have to say yes to every client that comes your way. While you may not be able to say no when you're working for someone else, you can certainly say no when you work for yourself.