Florida Lawyer Suspended for Debt Negotiation Assistance and Fee-Sharing

A tipster (send in your tips here) forwarded me a copy of the latest disciplinary actions out of Florida that show an interesting situation which may have a far reaching impact on attorney-back office relationships with debt settlement companies.

Douglas David Stratton, Miami Beach, Suspended for 30 days, effective 15 days from a January 4 court order. Stratton’s practice expanded into the area of debt negotiation assistance. The firm contracted with non-legal back office service provider to handle the administrative functions of the debt negotiation practice. That employee improperly engaged in the direct solicitation of clients. An audit further revealed that the firm engaged in improper fee sharing with the back office provider. Case No. SC10-2373 – Source

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