I am often contacted by a potential new client who has been contacted repeatedly by a Third-Party surplus company that claims they can help get this person’s Florida Tax Deed or Foreclosure Surplus Funds from their County’s Clerk of courts. What generally concerns this potential client is they soon find out the Third-Party surplus company is not a law firm and the person calling them is not an attorney. I can assure you that you will never be “cold called” by an attorney because we are bound by specific rules from the Florida Bar on Solicitation for Services.
The Florida Bar and the Florida State Supreme Court have set up very specific rules stating attorneys in the State of Florida are specifically not allowed to reach out to potential clients and must generally wait for the person to contact us. We are allowed to send out advertisements through the mail and the advertisement must state that it is an advertisement and the format must generally be filed with the Florida Bar for review before being mailed to new potential clients. The rules specifically state that a lawyer may not “solicit (or have someone else solicit for them) a prospective client with whom the lawyer has no family or prior professional relationship.” According to the Florida Bar rules, this includes “contact in person, by telephone, fax, or email”. I cannot call you and ask you for your business. You must reach out to me first.
Why is this important when it comes to Florida Tax Deed or Foreclosure Surplus cases? If someone calls and tells you that there is Surplus funds that have been retained by the Clerk of Court, you can absolutely bet that they are not a law firm, an attorney, or a representative of an attorney. It doesn’t matter how professional they sound or what promises they make, if they call you, they are not attorneys.
Many of our new clients have been called repeatedly by these third-party companies and do some of their own research on the subject of Florida Tax Deed Surplus or Foreclosure Surplus. Inevitably, our firm shows up on a search as we are one of the leading law firms in the State of Florida who handles these Florida Foreclosure Surplus cases. They then give us a call and find that we are much more knowledgeable than the companies that called them.
Additionally, it is important to understand that these third-party companies will require you to sign over all of your rights in the surplus funds to them. This means, in reality, they no longer represent you because they are now the legal recipient of the surplus funds by your agreement. As a licensed attorney, I will never ask you to sign over your rights to me and I will always be representing you and your interests in your Florida Tax Deed Surplus or Florida Foreclosure Surplus case. We have been able to retrieve considerably much more money for our clients than many of these third-party companies because of our knowledge and experience of the laws surrounding these cases.
If you have been contacted by one of these third-party surplus retrieval companies, I highly recommend doing your own research first. Then give me a call for a free consultation. I am happy to speak with you and walk you through the process of getting you the maximum amount coming to you. I handle Florida Tax Deed Surplus and Florida Foreclosure Surplus cases in every County in the state of Florida, and I don’t get paid unless you do.