Coverage Attorney FAQ’s

Interested in working with VortexLegal?

Here’s everything you need to know!

General

What types of cases will I handle?

Private investigators can expect to receive matters related to insurance fraud that require surveillance, witness interviews and canvassing.

For hearing attendance, you can expect to see cases related to foreclosure, evictions, collections, PIP, insurance, social security & disability, workers comp, and other general motions and calendar calls. View all of our services and practice areas.

If you aren’t familiar with something or not comfortable with a matter, please do not accept the assignment. See more about your ethical obligations below.

How many cases will I receive?
It all starts with one! You could have one or you could have dozens!

The number of matters we have in a given area fluctuates based on our clients’ needs.

We want to keep you busy and making money and in return we want you to provide our clients with excellent, professional service and to provide timely and detailed results.

How do I get more work?

It’s easy! Make yourself the “go to” person for that client by providing them with excellent service!

Build a relationship with them by going above and beyond of what’s needed, providing specific and a detailed account of what occurred, and provide results timely.

Always be professional, on time, and prepared.

If you treat these cases like they’re your own, clients will notice and you could become their “preferred” attorney.

How do I get referred a case/hearing?
After you apply and have been approved, you will be notified of upcoming matters by email. The email will ask if you are available or not. It will also provide you with a link to login to your secure account so you can review the case details, read the instructions and review the attached documents before agreeing to handle that matter.
What are my ethical obligations?
You are bound by the same ethical obligations as though you are the “attorney of record” on the case or, for private investigators, as though they are your client. There is no difference. You have the same obligations to check for conflicts, be prepared, professional, and competent.
What's the contract, and what does it mean?
The contract sets forth our mutual obligations and understandings. Of particular importance, the contract prohibits you from soliciting or working directly with our clients.
Why do you need my social security number, FEIN or TIN?
So we can pay you!!

If you want to be paid as an individual, we need your SSN for end of year 1099 reporting.

If you want us to pay your company/firm, you can use your FEIN or TIN.

To avoid the need to provide an I-9 (http://www.uscis.gov/i-9) which is required even for 1099 employees, we suggest you use your FEIN number and have your earnings made payable to your company’s name.

Compliance

What is the background check for?
All of our clients require a background check. It’s as simple as that!

These clients are in highly regulated industries which means they have government agencies overseeing how they do EVERYTHING. How they manage third party providers is of critical importance to them. Reasonable diligence suggests that requiring a background check for third party contractors should be routine. Therefore, we need to do background checks for our clients.

That’s right! Because they said so!

What are the insurance requirements?
We require that you carry professional liability/malpractice insurance of at least $100,000.
What exactly is 'Compliance?'
VortexLegal is serious about compliance.

We require a resume and proof of insurance. We will verify that you are licensed and eligible/in good standing. We will conduct a background check.

We will interview you to ensure you have the requisite number of years of experience and knowledge in the particular practice area(s).

We require a signed acknowledgment that you have read and agree to our Policies and Procedures and Best Practices.

We may also require other client specific requirements.

More about our Compliance program can be found here.

Please also visit our Compliance Resources page for additional information.

Compensation

How do I get paid?
You will be paid by check.

The payment schedule for 2017 is: June 27, July 27, Aug. 29 (Jon’s Bday!), Sept. 27, Oct. 27, Nov. 28, Dec. 27

To view payment for a specific matter, login to your dashboard and click on “My Earnings.

How much do I get paid?
Attorneys for hearing attendance can generally expect to be paid anywhere from $50 to $200 per matter. However, actual compensation will vary based on the type of matter(s), complexity, and the number of hearings you handle at the same time. Other factors include the terms of the client’s contract, geographic location, and timeliness of the order.

However, every email request to cover a hearing will show you the flat fee for the hearing, so you will know before you accept or decline how much you will be paid.

Why is my check less than I thought it would be?
We use a tiered-pricing algorithm that reduces what the client pays and therefore your compensation when you are attending multiple matters at the same time. This gives us the ability to offer our clients a discounted rate based on the volume of hearings for that location at that time. These discounts may be reflected in your compensation.


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