When you find a Project you're interested in, submit a Proposal to apply. A Proposal acts as your bid for the Project.
Upon submitting your first Proposal, you will become a verified member of Lawyer Exchange through our Braintree verification. This ensures your payment will be quick and easy when you submit your first invoice! The information gathered through this step is sent directly to Braintree, our payment processor, for verification. You'll have the choice of receiving payments either directly to your bank account or through Venmo. If you choose Venmo, you will be prompted to create a Venmo account or sync your current Venmo account to Lawyer Exchange. Learn more about this process here!
When submitting your Proposal’s pay rate, you’ll first indicate whether your rate is Hourly or a Flat Fee. Depending on the Project specs, either of these options may be attractive to the Hiring Lawyer. After selecting the type of rate, you’ll indicate your rate in the next field. Remember that this is your proposed rate; after negotiating with the Hiring Lawyer, you may settle on a rate that is higher or lower than what you’ve indicated here. Because the Hiring Lawyer has provided an expected pay range, it’s best to use that as a guideline for providing a pay rate; however, you can still propose a rate above or below the given range.
Writing an introduction allows you to showcase your experience and skills related to this specific Project. This can be as detailed as you’d like. After you submit your proposal the Hiring Lawyer will be able to see your full profile, so it’s not necessary to provide your full experience in this section. Once you have sent your initial message, you can not message the Hiring Lawyer again until they respond to you, so make sure you include all relevant information in your first message.
To submit a Proposal, you will use 3 Coins. Coins are Lawyer Exchange’s “currency”, ensuring only serious Proposals are being submitted. At this time, Lawyer Exchange is not charging Project Lawyers for additional Coins. You can learn more about how Coins work here.