What is a certified lawyer referral service and how does it work?
Certified lawyer referral services (LRS) have been approved by the State Bar of California to refer potential clients to lawyers. They are operated by local bar associations, nonprofit legal service programs and for-profit organizations. The State Bar holds nonprofit and for-profit LRS providers to the same standards.
When you contact a certified LRS, staff or an automated referral system will ask you about your situation. The LRS will then try to match you with a qualified lawyer who handles the type of legal problem you have and arrange a consultation, which typically costs a small fee. After the initial consultation, it is up to you whether or not you want to hire the lawyer.
If your problem can be resolved without a lawyer, the LRS may be able to provide information about other organizations or agencies that may be able to help you. Search our LRS Provider Directory or call 866-44-CA-LAW (866-442-2529). If you are out of state, call 415-538-2250.
Every LRS certified by the State Bar has a certification number. Ask about or look for the LRS’s State Bar certification number, which must appear in all advertising. If an organization is claiming to be a certified LRS, but does not have a number, contact the State Bar right away at LRS@calbar.ca.gov.