There are three types of people who will refer prospective clients to your law firm. All of them are important and all can be extremely valuable.
The first type of person is someone who is a center of influence. This means they are respected within a particular group or community, they offer advice to people in need and where they lead, others follow. These people are critically important to lawyers in consumer based practices. A person who is a center of influence has the potential to refer dozens of cases to you. These people have deep relationships.
The second type of person is a friend, family member or someone you met in a social situation. These people fit into what is called your natural network. This means they are generally not people who understand what you do for a living and many times they think they have knowledge of the law because they have seen it on television.