The Alabama State Bar is committed to promoting public access to high quality legal services regardless of financial or other circumstances. The following information is offered to those who are seeking legal assistance and are not sure where to begin in their search for an attorney or other legal help.
More than 3,000 Alabama lawyers provide free legal services to low-income citizens in certain civil matters through the five volunteer lawyers programs in this state. The volunteer lawyers programs also provide free legal assistance to community-based organizations that improve the lives of low-income Alabamians. To see if you qualify for pro bono help, call or visit the websites for the program serving the county in which you live:
Birmingham Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program (Jefferson County)
Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program
Montgomery Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Program (Montgomery County)
South Alabama Volunteer Lawyers Program (Mobile, Baldwin, Washington and Clarke counties)
(251) 438-1102 or (855) 997-2857
Alabama State Bar Volunteer Lawyers Program (all other counties)
Legal Services Alabama is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides qualifying low-income families across Alabama with free civil legal aid in a wide variety of areas from eight offices located in Anniston, Birmingham, Dothan, Huntsville, Mobile, Montgomery, Selma and Tuscaloosa. LSA is a statewide program serving all 67 counties in Alabama. To apply for free legal aid in Alabama, call 866-456-4995 or apply online.
LSA provides a full range of services, including:
- Counsel and advice
- Administrative representation
- Representation in court
- Appeals in appropriate cases
- Legal self-help materials and forms
It is Legal Services Alabama’s goal to help people and families move toward self-sufficiency through assisting them with their legal needs.
The Lawyer Referral Service is a state bar program which helps members of the public who can afford to pay a lawyer find an attorney who handles their type matter. Attorneys who participate in the ASB Lawyer Referral Service agree to charge not more than $50 for an initial 30 minute consultation; the fee for any additional work must be agreed-upon by the client and lawyer. Click the link at the bottom of this section or call 800-392-5660 for more information or to get a referral.
If you live in Jefferson County, the Birmingham Bar Association operates its own lawyer referral service. Call (205) 251-8006 for more information or to get a referral.
How Does the Lawyer Referral Service Work?
When you call the Lawyer Referral Service’s toll free number (1-800-392-5660) you will be asked to briefly state your problem. All information will be held in the strictest confidence. After listening to your problem, the Lawyer Referral Service representative will ask for your name, address, telephone number and any other necessary information. You will then be given the name of one lawyer located near you, if one is available, who practices in the area of law that relates to your problem. The service does not have attorneys who handle all types of legal problems in all areas of the state. The service does not provide lists of attorneys.
When you request and receive a referral through the Alabama State Bar’s website, you must agree to the Terms of Service and choose the area of law and the type of problem. You must enter your name, address and email address, and you must indicate the county in which you are having the legal problem. You will receive the name and phone number for one lawyer who practices in the county you indicated if one is available. The service does not have attorneys who handle all types of legal problems in all areas of the state.
We regret that we cannot provide referrals through email. Please read the remainder of these instructions and then go to the bottom of this section for an online referral, or call the toll free number (1-800-392-5660) to speak with a referral representative.
When you receive a referral, it is your responsibility to contact the lawyer to make an appointment to discuss your legal problem. The Lawyer Referral Service cannot make appointments for callers. When you call to make your appointment with the lawyer, be sure to tell him or her that the Alabama State Bar Lawyer Referral Service has referred you.
When is the Lawyer Referral Service Open?
The Alabama State Bar Lawyer Referral Service’s toll free number (1-800-392-5660) operates Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m.to 4:30 p.m. Referrals through this website are available 24-hours a day, seven days a week.
Lawyer Referral Service members will sometimes include many counties in their coverage area. If you feel that you need a lawyer closer to the site of your legal problem, please call us at 800-392-5660 and we will attempt to narrow down your search.
How Much Will My Lawyer Charge?
The Lawyer Referral Service is designed to serve anyone who can afford the services of a lawyer. A person who has a legal problem and cannot afford to pay for legal counsel should contact Legal Services Alabama.
Lawyers who participate in the ASB Lawyer Referral Service agree to charge no more than $50 for an initial 30-minute consultation. The purpose of the initial consultation is to assess your legal problem, determine if additional legal services are needed and explain your legal options. If your problem requires work beyond the initial consultation and you decide to hire the lawyer, you and the lawyer must negotiate to determine how much his or her legal services will cost. Be sure to discuss any additional fees; if the lawyer tells you that you need additional legal work but does not discuss additional fees then you should ask. Lawyers charge based on the time and type of work involved, the difficulty in solving the problem, and your needs as a client. The Lawyer Referral Service encourages you to ask for a written fee agreement before you proceed with any legal work beyond the first 30-minute consultation.
Members of the United States Armed Forces
Some attorneys who participate in the ASB Lawyer Referral Service offer a 25% discount to members of the United States Armed Forces. If you are a member of the U. S. Armed Forces, please call 800-392-5660 for a referral. At this time, the online Lawyer Referral Service does not indicate which lawyers provide legal representation for members of the military at a discounted rate.
Referrals for Matters Outside of Alabama
The ASB Lawyer Referral Service cannot help you to find a lawyer for a legal matter outside the State of Alabama. If you need a lawyer outside of Alabama, please consult the American Bar Association Lawyer Referral Directory.
Thank you for using the Alabama State Bar Lawyer Referral Service.
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AlabamaLawyers.org is an online directory that includes every licensed lawyer in Alabama. You can find and compare lawyers by county or city. In the Lawyer Profiles, you can also find and compare participating lawyers by type of case and type of fee. Lawyer Profiles are multi-page profiles that include each lawyer’s education, experience, areas of practice, memberships, admissions, geographic areas served, office map and a secure online email form.
Alabama Legal Help (operated by Legal Services Alabama) and the website of the Alabama Access to Justice Commission contain information and self-help forms regarding a wide variety of legal issues, including family law, public benefits, housing, consumer issues, health law, elder law, immigration and guardianships. You can get basic information about your legal rights, learn where to go for legal aid and assistance, and find out about other community resources. Another website, Alabama Legal Answers, allows you to ask a lawyer a question online at no charge.