Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) receives about 50 calls a day from Alabamians seeking legal assistance. Since Oct. 1, 2019, more than 10,500 referrals have been made, and hundreds more are expected to be made before the end of the fiscal year.
In addition to providing the client with an unbiased referral to a licensed attorney, Alabama State Bar President Bob Methvin notes the important services LRS provides to the public.
“The Alabama State Bar’s Lawyer Referral Service is designed to assist people whose ability to locate appropriate legal representation is frustrated by a lack of experience with the legal system, a lack of information about the type of service needed, or a fear of the potential costs of seeing a lawyer. We help eliminate the stress they’re already facing by connecting them to a local attorney who can help,” said Methvin.
Members of the public can reach LRS online here or over the phone through the bar’s toll-free number 1-800-392-5660. Callers will be referred to an attorney who has indicated he or she can handle a matter related to a specific area of the law, or callers might need to be referred to a government agency or other resources that can help resolve the matter. The areas of law practice that receive the most calls are: (1) civil matters (2) medical malpractice and (3) personal injury.
ASB referral attorneys agree to charge a nominal fee (sometimes waived) for the first half-hour consultation. If the legal issue requires work beyond this time, the client and lawyer agree on the fee arrangement going forward.
Lawyers who’d like to sign up to be part of the Lawyer Referral Service panel can do so by clicking here.
Media Contact: Melissa Warnke
Director of Communications, Alabama State Bar
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The Alabama State Bar (ASB) is the official licensing and regulatory organization of lawyers in Alabama. Since 1923, when the Alabama State Bar was created by an act of the legislature, ASB programs and activities have continuously served the public and improved the justice system. It is dedicated to promoting the professional responsibility and competence of its members, improving the administration of justice and increasing the public understanding of and respect for the law.