Just got a nice piece of business spam. "Hello [formal name picked from legal directory], I hope this email finds you in good spirits."
The guy was looking for Independent Legal Advice, as part of a divorce law firm. "If you wouldn't mind filling out this quick 2-3 minute survey, I'll know what business to send your way."
Umm, none, thanks.
Independent Legal Advice is an awful bit of our business. It involves a conflict of some kind, usually man and wife, or business and individual, whatever, where both are needed to cooperate on a decision, but that decision is potentially bad to one person. So, as an example, a guy might want a business loan, but needs to list his house as collateral. The wife, also an owner of the house, is at risk, in case the husband doesn't pay the loan back. ILA is then needed to tell the wife about the consequences of her decision, and how it's not in her best interest. Stuff like that.
As such, it's a toxic file. Risky to begin with, and nightmarish if if ever goes south (which is a real possibility). And for the hundred bucks or whatever -- it's simply not worth it. Which is why hardly anyone does it, except maybe for a very close group of other lawyers, in an I'll-scratch-your-back, you-scratch-mine thing.
So when a STRANGER sends an email saying "I'd like to send you ILA referrals", he might as well be saying "I'd like to send you this open pillowcase full of asbestos".
No thank you. I'm good.