Legal Intake Professionals® FAQ
What makes Legal Intake Professionals® better than other lawyer intake services?
At Legal Intake Professionals®, we do more than just take a name and number. LIP® is more than an “answering service” or a “call center.” In fact, we like to say “we don’t take calls…we have conversations.” Through those conversations, our intake specialists determine each call’s relative importance and take the appropriate action each and every time. Our goal is for potential clients to feel they have actually reached the offices they called and that those firms will begin working for them immediately. Every intake specialist will provide legendary empathy, consistent professionalism, and total focus on every call for your firm. And since every call is recorded, your staff can review any or all calls to ensure we’re performing intakes of the highest possible quality.
How does Legal Intake Professionals secure new clients for my law firm?
Our intake specialists are trained to evaluate each inquiry and to give each caller a personalized response that’s designed to convert calls into cases. We hold ourselves to the highest standards, including a minimum answer rate of 95 percent, and we treat every call as if it’s a potential case for your law firm.
What are Legal Intake Professionals’ hours of operation?
We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Quite simply…we never close.
How experienced are the intake specialists at Legal Intake Professionals?
We have specialists with up to 10 years of tenure, and many of our specialists have exceeded 20k, 30k, and even 40k intakes. Every specialist receives hours and hours of pre-call training, listens to hundreds of calls, and takes his or her first 200 calls under very close supervision. As we like to say, even our newest intake specialists have taken more calls than the vast majority of legal staff members.
How do you track the quality of calls?
At LIP, we know success is about more than call statistics alone. Our Legendary Quality Program ensures we handle every call with legendary empathy, consistent professionalism, and total focus by evaluating our intake experts on factors related to our company’s core values. Our evaluation program also includes client input and feedback, which helps incentivize team members to serve as seamless extensions of the law firms we support.
How does your billing work?
LIP bills on a monthly basis. In addition, there are no per-minute charges for inbound or outbound calls. Instead, we offer volume-based pricing for the number of intakes you receive per week.
Weekly intake charges are automatically billed at the rate for level attained from actual call volume received during the weekly reporting period.
Is the by-the-minute competitor cheaper?
Be sure to do the math. In some cases, they could be. But in many cases, once you add total call minutes, plus the additional charges for reports, recordings, call patching, and minimum seconds billed, the competitors are more expensive because we include all these services at no additional cost.
You have plenty of options if all you care about is low cost. But if your priority is quality intake and value, then your only real option is LIP.
Some competitors charge for administrative calls in six second increments. Isn’t that cheaper?
No, not necessarily. When compared to our pricing, it actually makes by-the-minute pricing more expensive. For example:
- Average administrative call is 1½ minutes: do the math.
- Average short, written message is 3½ minutes: do the comparison.
What type of lines/calls should I forward to Legal Intake Professionals?
The best lines to forward to us are your marketing lines. Our goal is to help you secure new clients for your firm by performing professional and empathetic intakes. While we are equipped to handle administrative calls, we have found that these calls are best handled by auto attendants or prompts, which can route the calls to proper people in your office. This will allow you to best serve your current clients’ needs while we focus on securing your future clients.
If I talk to a sales person at LIP, what types of questions will they ask me?
Our sales executives typically ask prospective clients:
- What are your practice areas or main focus?
- What is your estimated call volume for non- and potential new case calls?
- Are you advertising? Where? How?
- How did your firm get started?
- Where do you plan to be in terms of growth in the upcoming years?
- Who do you compete with in your market?
- What are your reasons for considering LIP and what are your current pain points in your intake process?
- Who are the key decision makers at your firm?
Why should I use an auto attendant or prompt?
Many of our clients find that adding an auto attendant or prompt to their phone lines significantly improves their client interactions by getting current clients to the right place quickly.
The prompt will route all new intakes directly to LIP, and any administrative calls go to the firm’s voicemail or other preferred destination. This allows us to focus on what we do best: securing more new intakes for your firm.
As an added benefit, many firms appreciate a substantial cost savings due to the reduction in administrative calls. It’s a fairly easy process that your IT support can implement. We even have some sample scripts to help you get started.
Who will take my call when I’m ready to get LIP for my firm?
When you call us to inquire about LIP services for your firm, you won’t talk to an Intake Specialist—they’re providing intake support for clients. Instead, you’ll speak with a client service representative who will explain our pricing and service options. If you call after hours, leave a message, and we’ll return your call as soon as possible.
How can I get Legal Intake Professionals for my law firm?
Call us at (800) 896-4611 for a free quote of our legal support services.
We offer volume-based pricing plans, so you only pay for the services you use. Don’t miss another opportunity. Contact us today to see how we can help.
We’re more than just another telephone answering service that decided to start taking calls for law firms. We were founded as, and remain, 100% legal intake, and our intake specialists have completed more than 2 million intakes.
CASES WE HANDLE
Whether a call is about an auto accident, slip and fall, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical injury, nursing home abuse, or workers’ compensation claim, our legal intake specialists have the training, experience, mindset, and tools needed to handle it.