On June 23, 2020, the State Bar denied the application for certification of LegalMatch.com, a lawyer referral service (LRS). LegalMatch was found not to meet the minimum standards required to operate as an LRS in California. LegalMatch does not require its attorney panel members to maintain legal malpractice insurance as required by law, and LegalMatch has not developed qualifications for attorneys to be on their panels nor does it ensure competence of its panel members. Under California law an LRS may not operate in California without certification from the State Bar. The State Bar has advised LegalMatch that it must cease and desist referring potential clients to LegalMatch panel attorneys until LegalMatch satisfies the legal minimum standards for certification as an LRS.
Lawyer referral services must meet the standards established by the California Supreme Court in order to receive certification from the State Bar. These services are able to:
Lawyer referral services may also be able to refer you to a bilingual attorney or an attorney who will work for you at reduced rates if you have limited financial means.
To find a certified lawyer referral service in your area, check the online listing or call the State Bar at 866-44-CA-LAW (866-442-2529).