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for all intents and purposes a DBA is the same as the business name, so whether you pay the LLC or the DBA the payment is considered to be going to the same entity
However, if the attorney is representing anyone other than the broker itself in the transaction, pursuant to Rule 4-5.4(a) an attorney is prohibited from sharing fees with a non-lawyer, therefore the broker cannot be hiring the attorney to provide services for someone else. The represented party need to pay the attorney directly.
In conclusion, the attorney can provided services to the broker if the attorney represents the broker however if the attorney represents another party then that party must contract the attorney independent of the broker
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The client is formally hiring the attorney and the attorney subcontracts the broker for processing. Is this possible? if so, what is the best way for the attorney to pay the processing services?
an attorney can hire service providers (broker being one of them) provided the broker is providing services to the attorney and not to anyone else. Attorney would issue payment to the broker's entity if one exists or to the broker personally.
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