WHO WE ARE AND HOW THE SERVICE WORKS
◦Public Service of the New York State Bar Association since 1981
◦Approved by the American Bar Association
◦Hundreds of attorneys experienced in more than 40 areas of law
◦Serving 45 counties in New York State
When you call (1-800-342-3661) the New York State Bar Association Lawyer Referral and Information Service (LRIS), you will be asked what county you are calling from, and where in New York you would like to see an attorney. The LRIS staff will ask you to describe your problem. Any information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence. The LRIS counselors are not lawyers and therefore cannot give you legal advice, but will help you find the right resource for your situation. In the event that we do not offer lawyer referrals in your county, we will provide you with contact information for a lawyer referral service that does.
Need a lawyer in a different part of the country? Find the Lawyer Referral program in that geographic area through the ABA national directory.
WHAT IS THE COST?
If you are referred to an attorney through the lawyer referral service the attorney will provide you with a half-hour consultation for $35. (Free consultations are given for personal injury, social security, medical malpractice, veteran's and military law, unemployment or workers' compensation.) During your visit with the attorney, you and the attorney will discuss your matter and decide what further action to take, if any. There is no obligation for you to hire the attorney, nor is there any obligation on the part of the attorney to take your case. If the attorney agrees to represent you, the attorney will charge you at his or her regular rates.
If you can't afford to pay a lawyer, there may be a legal services association that can help. Visit lawhelpNY.org for further information.